Monday, December 26, 2016

Vazhaipoo Usili | Banana Flower Usili

Vazhaipoo Usili, an accompaniment for rice made with banana flower and chana dal.As the vazhaipoo sits idle in the refrigerator for a week, i thought of making some thing new this time other than poriyal,vadai or kola urundai and searched for a recipe, then i came to know that usili can be prepared with vazhaipoo too.So immediately give it a try and it tastes so good.
To see other vazhaipoo recipe,click the below images.

Vazhaipoo Usili

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Banana flower - 1 cup (chopped)
Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
Chana dal - 2 tbsp
Red chili - 1
Oil - 1 tsp + 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Onion -1/2
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste

First clean the vazhaipoo and cut into small pieces and soak it in buttermilk. For cleaning vazhaipoo check here and here. Soak the chana dal for 1/2 hr and then cut the onions into small pieces.Heat the pan with 1 tsp of oil.Add the soaked chana dal, red chili & salt(just enough for the dal) into mixie jar and grind into smooth paste(if needed add water.) and add it in pan.Saute the dal till it gets cooked well(as the dal starts to stick to the pan,so i transfer into non stick kadai),once the dal is cooked, it looks like crumble, at this stage,transfer to another plate, in the same kadai, heat the remaining oil ,add mustard & urad dal, let the mustard splutter.Then add the onions & curry leaves, saute till the onions becomes translucent,then squeeze the banana flower from butter milk and add it in the pan along with salt.Cover the pan with lid and cook the banana flower till it becomes soft and all the moisture evaporates, then add the cooked dal and mix well. That's it, Tasty Vazhaipoo Usili is ready.We had it with Vedakkai Puli Kuzhambu & Chow Chow Kootu
  • Instead of sauteing the dal, you can steam cook the dal too.
  • After chopped the banana flower, put it in butter milk immediately,it helps to avoid coloring.

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