Sunday, October 26, 2008

VaazhaiPoo/PlantainFlower kootu


Vaazhaipoo/Plantainflower - 1
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Hing - A pinch
Small Onion - 10-15 nos
Red chilli - 2nos
Curry leaves - few
Coriandar leaves - few


1. Boil moong dal with cumin seeds and keep it aside.
2. Boil the chopped plantain flower with turmeric and 1/4 tsp of salt.
3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add onion, redchilli and curryleaves and fry until you see golden brown color in onion.
4. Add the boiled plantain flower, moong dal and mix well. Add salt if needed.
5. Add coriander leaves and boil for 2-3mins, so that the dal and plantain flower mix well.


Do you know this? Which tree has no wood? Its Banyan tree/Vaazha maram. Each and every portion of the tree is very useful. Few things are listed, whichever i know.
1. If you eat in the young leaf of banyan tree, its very good for health.
2. The flower and the inner stem of this tree are very good for the funtionality of kidney. Especially gents must have this weekly once.
3. And the banana, every one knows its a healthy fruit. Kids grow up if they have banana daily.

Now, hope you feel how its important to have this dish. If you don't know to clean this flower here are the easy 3 steps. On seeing the picture itself you can understand very easily. In a bowl of water add 2 tsp of curd, so that the flower retains its color, otherwise it will turn black.

Step1: Rub the tip of the flower, so that you could see the gynesium part of the flower. Pull that out, you can find another part of the flower too which should be removed.

Step2: Pluck these two from the flower

Step3:Keep it aside and chop the flower



Hai Kavi

Your blog is simply superb and photos of plantain flower picking of the unwanted portions, really this is the real way of teaching. I came across so many food blogs and urs is my best one. One more thing I definetly appreciate you, you maka a note about don't use ajinamoto and food colour, these things are not good for health.

best regards
sabitha purendran