Wednesday 11 October 2017

Banana Blossom Channadal Kootu/Vazhaipoo Kadalaparuppu Kootu

After tangy tamarind gravy aka Kuzhambu and dal based sambhar, kootu is an another popular dal based dish cooked often in South Indian cuisine. Kootu have their own place in a meal served on a banana leaf on festive days or else for a special occasion. Kootu can be prepared with any sort of vegetables or else with a combination of beans or vegetables. My today's post is an healthy and protein rich Kootu prepared with banana blossom aka vazhaipoo. Banana blossom is an edible flower which is also known as Banana heart, used very much in Southeast Asian and very much in Indian cuisine. Though this banana blossom is known as flower, Indians consider this bitter banana blossom as vegetable.  Indian cooks this banana blossom as stir fries, curries or else in stews. Looking for some interesting dal dishes, then check here.

Banana Blossom Kootu

Peeling and chopping Banana blossom needs loads of patience, however its definitely worth to cook with this fantastic edible flower. Since banana blossom have loads of medicinal values, its advised to add this healthy edible flower in our cooking often. Whenever i go to Indian stores, i never forget to grab banana blossom as they are very rare to find out here. But my today's dish cooked completely with fresh banana blossoms i carried all the way from India. Trust me if packed properly, fresh banana blossom stays prefect more than a day while you are travelling. Am running this week's blogging marathon with Lentils salad and sides, hence am posting this delicious kootu for this theme.

Banana Blossom Channadal Kootu, Vazhaipoo Kootu

1 Banana Blossom (peeled & chopped)
1cup Channa Dal / Kadala Paruppu  
1/4tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Tomato (chopped)
1tsp Mustard seeds
1/2cup Cumin seeds
Curry leaves
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder

To grind:
3/4cup Coconut 
1tsp Cumin seeds
3nos Dry Red Chillies

Pressure cook the channadal with turmeric powder.

Once the steam gets released,add in chopped banana blossom,salt and mix well. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes or till the banana blossom gets cooked. 

Now take the coconut, cumin seeds and dry red chillies in a mixer and make into a paste by adding enough water. 

Now add the paste into the channadal-banana blossom mixture and mix well. Cook it for few minutes. 

Banana Blossom Channadal Kootu

Lets splutters the mustard, cumin seeds,asafoetida powder and curry leaves in oil, add the chopped onions and saute until the onions turns transculent.

Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes turns mushy. Ntow add this mixture to the cooked dal-banana blossom. Cook for few seconds and put off the stove.


Srivalli said...

Wow Priya, the whole combination sounds fantastic yaar..I love such kootus!

Usha said...

Kootu looks delicious and a side dish to serve for any occasion.

vaishali sabnani said...

My hubby is very fond of kootu and I have just stuck to one style , must try the variation . It looks real good .

Pavani said...

What a hearty and delicious kootu that is Priya. I've never cooked with banana blossom. Will have to try it out some time.

Harini R said...

Banana blossom is one ingredient which I have never tried in my kitchen. Sounds very tempting.

Sandhiya said...

Never tried kootu with vazhaipoo, sounds delicious,will give it a try.,btw love the serving dish.

veena said...

This is a lovely kootu. We make withoutthe onion and this looks very delicious!!

Sharmila kingsly said...

Except the cleaning part ,Im in love with this awesome veggie!!

Preeti said...

Kootu looka delicious and tempting.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a flavorful kootu this is. I am a kootu person. Any day I would love a big bowl of kootu with rice and I am a happy person.

Mayuri Patel said...

A flavorful kootu. I've never cooked with banana flower but will have to give it a try one day.

Ritu Tangri said...

Here in North India, we don't cook such a variety of veggies so this is something new to me. Would certainly love to try this is I could get my hands on banana blossom

Unknown said...

I love such kootus. Delicious to have with rice and a dollop of ghee. With Vazhaipoo, this is all the more healthy.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

kootu looks delicious priya, give me kootu anyday, i would lick clean that bowl!