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Plantain Podimas

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I am kind of going to start from where I left yesterday about sinus and home remedies. After reading the feedback I got, I think most of us try the simple remedies first before trotting off to Doc’s place. And that we have to fix healthcare here fast before medical tourism develops in to a  bigger business 😀

Before moving on to Podimas,let us say in a typical home if the kids or the husband gets sick, Mom knows what to do(moms always know what to do, that is another topic altogether) and she creates some concoction to take and in a day or two the house is back to normal. But if the mom gets sick only she has to manage something for a remedy. When I look back amma always used to keep track of medicines we all took, what our allergies were and in case of relapse of the same condition, she’ll remember what we took the previous time. But if mom gets sick, the household thinks she will know how to take care of herself and often nobody would bother to ask if she took her medicines at the prescribed timings and dosages.

Again if the kid is a girl child, the mom teaches the kid some simple remedies because the girl has to take care of her family one day. But why are’nt the son’s learning any such remedies or simple tips? I have also seen a trend where Men are reluctant to go to the doctor for a cold. My Dad, Cousins and even N will try to drag it as long as they can instead of going to the doc. Say if N has a cold or acid reflux I quickly prepare something from the kitchen to soothe it. But if I am down with a cough, N always asks me,”can I take you to the doc”, but he can’t think of putting together something from the kitchen.

About time we give kids of both gender some information every now and then about simple remedies for their future use? !

These are some more tips I remembered after posting on yesterday’s topic:

1) If you think you are getting a cold or sneeze immediately after taking a head bath, apply some vibuthi (ashes given in the Hindu temple) on the forehead. The vibuthi will absorb the water.

2) You can also try the sambrani (Benzoin resin) to slightly warm the inside of the palms and the feet. Mom says that will keep away the cold and will provide some warmth to the body.

3) Slightly fry thyme in a pan and make a small bundle out of it (almost the size of a head of garlic). When the bundle is warm and you can take the heat given off by it, dab it slightly on the forehead couple of times.

Hope this is of some help and will offer some relief to people suffering from sinusitis. And before you get bored and move on, here is the podimas recipe.

Plantain Podimas: (Serves-2)

Green Plantain – 3 (medium size)
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Oil – to stir fry
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 pinch
Grated coconut- 2 tbsp
Curry leaves- few
Red chilies-2

For powdering:
Urad dal- 2 tbsp
Chana dal- 2 tbsp
Red chilies-3

Peel the skin of the green plantain(either using a peeler or chopping the outer skin with a knife). Grate the Plantains.

In a kadai, heat oil and add asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add cumin seeds, red chilies and curry leaves. Add the grated plantain, salt and turmeric powder. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Cover, keep the flame to a low-medium and let it cook. Add minimum quantity of water, if required.

Toast the urad dal, chana dal and red chilies to a golden brown color. Cool and grind to a powder.

When the plantain is 3/4th cooked, add this powder and grated coconut and stir fry well. The plantain has to be well cooked and can be separated into grain like texture, but not cooked till it looks like a mashed potato consistency.

Plantain podimas goes well with morekozhambu. You can also serve it with Sambar or Rasam.

Deepa shared this kreative blogger award with me today. Thank you for sharing it with me Deepa. I guess I spoke a lot about self on my secret seven things, so would like to link back to the same 7 for now. Let me keep some secrets inside for now 😀