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Vazhai Poo Usili (Banana Blossom with Lentil) and Rasam

Vazhai_Poo_Usili_Banana_Blossom_1 Banana flower or plantain flower (also known as banana blossom) can be used to prepare tasty Usili. Vazhai Poo Usili is a mix of vazhai poo and lentil cooked. The water used for soaking dal can be used to prepare rasam, as a combination with usili.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 45 minutes approximately except dal soaking time.

Ingredients

  • Cleaned and cut vazhai poo – 1 cup
  • Toor dal (Tuvaram paruppu) – ¾ cup
  • Bengal gram dal – 2 table spoon Vazhai_Poo_Usili_Banana_Blossom_2
  • Red chilli – 6 to 8 no
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Asafetida powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal (split black gram) – ½ tea spoon
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 1 table spoon

Method

  • Wash well and soak toor dal and Bengal gram in 2 cups of water for 2 hours; drain and keep the water to prepare Rasam.
  • Without adding water, grind soaked dal with salt, red chilli, asafetida powder and turmeric to a coarse paste.
  • Now mix with cut vazhai poo and steam cook (this reduces oil for frying) like idli for 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Cool and mash nicely without any lumps.

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  • Do seasoning, add vazhai poo mix and fry in low flame for 5 minutes.

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  • Now Vazhai poo usili is ready.

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Rasam with dal soaked water

Dal soaked water contains nutrients of those lentils and can be used to prepare rasam.

Ingredients

  • Dal soaked water – 1½ cup Vazhai_Poo_Usili_Banana_Blossom_Rasam_1
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Rasam powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Asafetida – pinch
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Curry and coriander leaves – few
  • Tamarind – as per sour taste you need
  • For seasoning: ½ tea spoon mustard, ½ tea spoon cumin seed, few curry leaves and few drops of ghee/oil.

Method

  • Cut tomato, green chilli and curry leaves; put it in 2 cups of water with tamarind juice , salt, turmeric, rasam powder and asafetida.
  • Boil this for 4 to 5 minutes till raw smell of tamarind goes; add dal soaked water, 1 cup of normal water and keep it in the flame till foam like appear on the surface (just before boiling); remove, do seasoning and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Vazhai poo usili and Rasam suit well with hot steamed rice.

Tips

This usili can also be prepared with other vegetables like beans, cluster beans, cabbage and banana stem.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Priya December 16, 2009, 6:58 pm

    Vazhaipoo paruppu usili with less oil looks fantastic, rasam such a comforting food..

  • Padma December 16, 2009, 11:16 pm

    Nice usili… healthy and delicious. Nice way to use the dal water to make rasam.

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