Raw Plantain – Clams / Pachakaya – Kakka Irachi Puzhukku


4 raw plantains / raw banana / pachakaya / kaya
1 cup clams / kakka irachi , cleaned
1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp chilli powder
1 cup grated coconut
3 green chillies
2 garlic cloves
3 shallots
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 sprig curry leaves
2 dry red chillies
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Peel and chop the plantains into pieces.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add chopped plantains, clams, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt and cook it adding 1 cup of water for 1 whistle.
  3. Grind grated coconut, green chillies, shallots, garlic cloves, fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and few curry leaves together to a coarse mixture.
  4. Add this mixture to the cooked plantain and mix well. Adjust the salt and cook covered for 4-5 minutes at low flame.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves and pour this over the puzhukku and mix well. Serve with rice or kanji…

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