How to prepare Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili (plantain/banana flower)
Plantain flower – 1 medium size
Tur dal – 1/3 cup
Bengal gram / channa dal -1/4 cup
Red chilli -2
Green chilli -2
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Hing/Asafoetida – a generous pinch
Salt as required
For the seasoning
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Wash and soak bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) and tur dal for 2 hours. Grind it along with green chilli, red chilli, salt and hing coarsely without adding water. Keep it aside.
Clean plantain flower and chop it finely. Keep it in diluted buttermilk till use. Refer the link below
Pressure cook banana flower (vazhaipoo) with needed salt and turmeric powder for 2 whistles. Drain the water and keep it aside. See picture below-
You can crumble the dal with your hands also but using the blender gives you uniform particles.
1.Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and the crumbled dal. Fry for a few minutes.
2.Then add plantain flower and fry both together for a few minutes. Check for salt.
Variations– Instead of plantain flower, you can use cabbage, french beans or cluster beans.
More Paruppu usili recipes
Cluster beans paruppu usili (Kothavarangai)
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