Banana Flower(blossom)/ Ariti puvvu/ Vazhai poo Dhal or Sambhar
Happy holiday everyone.
Here schools have declared holiday due to snow blizzard and I am at home relaxing after 4 months with finishing my short term course in a community college. Just last week finished with course, final projects and final exam. Feeling relaxed and relieved :)
Now time for holidays and taking 2 weeks break from blogging, as will be travelling to California this thursday. Visiting sister's family and brother's family and also my mom who is there right now. Sis and bro, both live in California in two different cities with a travelling distance of only 15 minutes. Kids are excited and so am I.
Now coming back to the recipe:-
Love any dish prepared with banana flower, but getting it here in my place is very rare. Mostly will prepare vadai when I get and sometimes koottu or usili.
Banana flower - 1 cup ( cleaned and chopped0
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder - 2 tsp
Onion - shallots (around 10) or red onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 2 medium chopped
Green chillies - 2 slit
Ginger - 1 inch crushed
Garlic - 5 crushed
Tamarind - one small lime size
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - few
Curry leaves - few
Lime juice - few drops
Coriander leaves - few chopped
Salt as needed
Oil - 2 tbsp
Wash and cook toor dhal with few drops of oil and turmeric powder for 2 - 3 whistles with banana flower( Here I cooked the flowers seperately as was planning to make vadais).
Heat oil and add cumin seeds and mustard seeds, curry leaves. Wait till they pop and add onions. Fry till transculent and add green chillies, garlic and ginger. Fry till onions are nice brown. Next add chopped tomatoes. Mash and cook till pulpy. Then add sambar powder and mix once. Next add the cooked banana flowers( if cooked seperatelY) and fry in oil for a minute. Pour in tamarind pulp( soaked for 30 minutes in a cup of water and pulp extracted). Allow it to boil up and pour in cooked toor dhal. Let it come to a boil. Add salt and garnish with chopped corinader leaves. Remove and squeeze in lime juice. Serve with hot rice.
Sending this to CMT-Dhal/Kadhi/Sambar/Rasam event hosted by Priya an event started By Jagruti.