Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tapioca Puzhukku with Banana podimas

Prep time 60 min
cooking time 15 min

fresh Tapioca - 2 Big pieces
turmeric powder 1/2 tspn
water to cook 4-5 cups
coconut oil
curry leaves

To make a coarse paste
frozen or fresh coconut -
1 cup
red dry chilli - 3-4 pieces  
green chilli - 2 pieces
cumin seeds - 1 tspn
Grind the above to make a coarse mix.
Take the Tapioca, Peel the skin completely. If you do not like its irritation in your hand, apply coconut oil in your hand and then peel.
Now cut into 2 halves. In the center there will be the root(thread like) peel that off completely.
After peeling the skin, still there will be a thin layer which needs to be removed. (It is like a layer covering up, if you start peeling on one side it gets off like a banana skin.

Now, add this to 3 cups of boiling water. Let it stay for 2-3 mins. Then drain the water off. Now cut into 1/2 cubes, and add 2 1/2 cups of water. To it add turmeric powder and bring it to boil. Let it go for 5 mins.

Now add the ground paste to it and let it cook for another 5-8 mins.
In a small pan, add 2 tspn coconut oil and slightly fry curry leaves and to the puzhuku.
The puzhukku is ready, and it tastes good on the same day. It gets too mushy for consequent days.
Banana podimas goes well with this. And it can be prepared in no time.
4 unripe banana
coconut - 2 tspn
Urad dhall - 4 tspn
asafoetida - 1/4 tspn
coriander seeds - 1/4 tspn
red dry chillies - 10 pieces
curry leaves - 1 bunch
oil - 2tspn for frying
Cook the banana in cooker for 5 -8 mins. Once cooked, remove and peel the skin away.
Slightly mash the banana or can be cut into small pieces.
Now add this to the pan to fry with the masala powder.

Heat oil in a pan, add coriander seeds then add Urad dhall, fry untill it turns to golden color.Then add coconut, asafoetida, chillies for about 1 min.
Grind this to a slightly coarse powder.
Add this masala powder to the cooked banana in the pan.
And curry leaves, simmer and cook for 2 mins.
Now Banana podimas is ready to served with Puzhuku.
The puzhukku can be made gravy and had with rice(like sambar). Or it can be had like a poriyal with less water. 

Facts about Tapioca:
  • Low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol
The nutritional value of tapioca makes it somewhat suitable for:
  • Weight gain
Avoid including tapioca in your diet if you're interested in:
  • Weight loss
  • Maintaining optimum health

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