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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vazhai Poo Kola, Beetroot Kola(Banana flower curry)

Achi’s are known for making good use of banana flower which is a rather cheap item available by making mouth watering dishes out of this. Moreover banana flower is known to be very good for health. One of the tastier items made using this according to me is vazhai poo vadai and vazhai poo kola. As many are afraid of deep fried items kola is a good choice. Any item made out of this is little laborious and time consuming since taking the thick ball like nerve out of each flower itself is a big job. Then the flower has to be minced or cut to very small pieces. If you are patient enough to do all these, then a good dish is on the cards.
The same kola can be prepared using grated beetroot instead of banana flower. So those who don’t want all the strain can try using beetroot. I always find that easy

1 banana flower withy petals cleaned and nicely minced
1 big onion minced
Grated coconut-1 table spoon
Curry leaf-little
For grinding
Thoor dhal-1 small cup
Red chilli-5
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon
(Soak these items for 15 minutes and coarsely grind in the small jar without much water)
Take the grinded dhal and add the minced banana flower, onion, turmeric powder, coconut and the salt needed. Mix well. If you have a microwave, cook it inside that for five minutes. Remove it from the oven mix well and again cook for 5 minutes. Now everything will be well cooked. Those who don’t have a microwave can steam the mix in an idly pot. After cooking like this, keep the kadai in the stove .In 2 to 3 table spoons of cooking oil season the curry with a teaspoon of fennel seed and curry leaf. Add the cooked mix and cook in low fire stirring frequently. The mix should turn like puttu without water content. The mix if left without stirring will get burnt and catch at the bottom of the kadai. If necessary little more oil can be added. This will take 10 to 12 minutes to get done in medium fire. But for sure all this pain will get you a great name from your loved ones for serving them something delicious.


Cham said...

Wow super cool this recipe aunty, When I saw the title I thought u re going to shape into small balls steam and dump into gravy! By the way I made ur mutton chops for my guests, came out very delicious. Didn't had time to take a picture. Thanks 4 the recipe

Vidhya said...

Thats mouthwatering. never tried this way. Will try this way next time

Cilantro said...

My Mother In Law introduced me to this recipe. I like them a lot. Goes well with sambhar.

Cilantro said...

My Mother In Law introduced me to this recipe. I like them a lot. Goes well with sambhar.

Kayal said...

I have already tried this but I didn't bake as you said. Instead I directly added the ground dhal and it didn't turned out well. This is a nice idea and will try this next time. Thanks for the nice recipe after a long time.

SriLekha said...

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Murali said...

Dear aachi,

unga blog romba nalla irukku, thanks for the authentic chettinad recipes.


Jennifer said...

I wish I could get this in America. It's YUM!

Gracyvivek said...

hai achi
normally banana flwr has hardly bitter taste. so u make like this taste eppdi irukkum???

anushia said...

i tried this receipe using beetroot.. it was so sticky even after frying it for an hour.. my guess is grated beetroot don't work out.. dont know if u have tried it.. and finally i through it in the dust bin..this is my first failure in cooking since the time i started it. i have tried your other receipe's and it had all turned out to be gr8... anyways thnx dont know what went wrong???????????

Solai Chidambaram said...

Anusha,I have tried with beetroot also many times.I guess you have used too much of beetroot.Use just the quantity equal to that of vazhai poo shown.This is a very common item in chettinad.grind the dhal little coarse.dont grind it very smooth

WhyteHousieBala said...

Hello aunty,

I made this today, but in mom's way.. it's almost the same.. what mom does is, pour oil in kadai, saute onion, and mix well beetroot and the grinded thing and stir in medium heat for 5-10 mins till it becomes dry..she doesn't do the steaming thing..


Banuvivek said...

hi aunty,
im pretty much new to ur blog, i tried ur chetinad pepper chicken recipe n came out very well...thanks...and im here to ask u a favour...my husband is a hard core "kaaram virumbi" im lookin for some delicious,hot n spicy chutneys for dosa n idly. can u plz share some of it..(really gettin bugged wit same old tomato,onion,chilli chutneys) plz help..

Banuvivek :-)