Valai Thandu (Plantain Stem) :
Take a bowl add 1-2 tsp curd, salt and water . First remove the upper part of the fiber skin from the plantain stem, cut the plantain stem only the inside good part, cut in to small circular bits and keep 2-3 bits one by one top of the other and chop, very small fine pieces ,and put it in to the curd water keep on few minutes and use a fork or stick or spoons handle, whip around few minutes ,the thread like fiber part ( naru-tamil) will come out. Remove the fiber from the plantion stem it (do not use this fiber thread) .
Now you can prepare Poriyal, chutney etc. with this Valai Thandu
(The Valai Thandu (Plantain Stem) which is used for preparing Poriyal, chutney etc. should be young one, not hard part, it should look white only , yellow colour does not taste good)
Vazhaipoo( banana flower):
You can find Method to clean Vazhaipoo(banana flower) in
Please see this Recipe of Vazhaipoo Vadai
Banana flower - 1 No., Buttermilk (diluted) - 2 Cups
Bengal gram - 1 cup, Onion - 1 No., Green Chilli- 2 Nos., Ginger garlic crushed - 2tsp, Cumin seeds - 1/2tsp., Fennel seeds - 1/2tsp., Turmeric Powder - 2 pinch, Asafoetida powder - 1/4th tsp, Salt - to taste, Oil (for deep frying) - 3 Cups, Curry leaves - 10 Nos., Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
Method to clean Vazhaipoo ( banana flower)
1. Apply oil to both hand to avoid sticking.Take off the purple outer covering and remove the bunch of florets. Repeat the process until you reach the center.
2. Separate each flower from the bunch and remove the stamen. Chop the florets and soak them in buttermilk with a pinch of salt to avoid discoloration.
To make the Vadai :
Soak bengal gram for at least a couple of hours. Then wash and drain the water completely with a paper towel, grind coarsely and mix chopped onion, green chillies, ginger garlic, curry leaves, coriander leaves, asafoetida powder, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chopped flowers (drain all water before adding to Dal) with salt. Mix everything to form a thick dough. Heat oil and deep fry them in batches. Drain excess oil and serve.
You can also see this Recipe of Vaizhaipoo Parappu Usli.html
Whole Banana blossom- 1, Diluted buttermilk-1 cup, Tuvar dal- 1cup , Dried red chillies- 4-5, Cumin seeds/jeera- 1tsp, Salt to taste, Oil- 2tsp, Mustard- 1tsp, Urad dal- 1tsp, Channa dal- 2tsp
Remove the outer sheath of the blossom. You will find a bunch of white flowers. Rub the whole bunch on your palms to snap of the white stemy portions(the anthers and stigma)that will not cook well. Chop the remaining portion and keep it in diluted buttermilk or turmeric water so that it doesn't blacken.
You will find a pictoral description of how to do this in
Soak tuvar dal for 1 hour. Then drain the water. Grind it coarsely along with dried red chillies. Then make them into balls and steam them. Then after they slightly cool, crumble them nicely. Drain the buttermilk from the Flowers. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard, udid dal and channa dal. Then add the flowers and saute for sometime. Then add the dal and mix well. Serve hot as a side dish with sambar rice.
Please see this Recipe of Valai Thandu (Banana Stem) Poriyal
1 medium size Plantain stem (it should be young one ,not hard part,it should look white only ,yellow colour it not good taste,),
1/2 cup moong Dal, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 2 -3 pinch of turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp urad dal, 1 -2 red chilli whole, few curry leaves, 1 Table spoon fresh coconuts, oil, salt to taste
Take a bowl add 1-2 tsp curd, salt and water .First remove the upper part of the fiber skin from the plantain stem, cut the plantain stem only the inside good part, cut in to small circular bits and keep 2-3 bits one by one top of the other and chop, very small fine pieces ,and put it in to the curd water keep on few minutes and use a fork or stick or spoons handle,whip around few minutes ,the thread like fiber part ( naru-tamil) will come out. Remove the fiber from the plantion stem it (do not use this fiber thread). Now you can prepare Poriyal.
Method to prepare Valai Thandu Poriyal
Soak moong dal in a warm water
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds when they cracked add urad dal ,red chilli whole ,asafoeride,curry leaves and add the soaked moong dal fry for few minutes and add the valai thandu fry few minutes add salt and add water cook for 5 minutes when the dal cooked simmer for another few minutes ,when the vegetable get thick ,Remove.
Garnish with fresh coconuts.
You can also see this Recipe of Valai Thandu Curry
2 -3 cup valaithandu pieces, 1/4 cup moong dal, 1/4 cup Toor dal, 1 onion, 1 Tomato, 1 Green chilli, 2-3 pinch turmeric powder, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp urad dal ,jeera, 2 red chilli whole, 1 pinch Asafoetida, few curry leaves, 1/4 tsp sambar powder, 2 Table spoon fresh coconuts, salt to taste, oil
Pick and wash arhar and moong dal ,add water ,turmeric powder,a pinch of asafoetide,cook in pressure cooker till the dal is soft,Mash and keep aside.
Chop onion and tomatoes,green chilli small pieces.
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds when they cracked add urad dal,broken red chilli,curry leaves,jeera, onions,tomatoes ,and green chilli fry for few minutes.and add the valai thandu .mix well fry for few minutes and add sambar powder,salt and add 1 cup water cook the vegetable for few minutes till the vegetable cooked tender .
Now add the boiled dal ,mix well . keep the stove in sim. the gravy gets thick add fresh coconut. Serve with rice.
You can also see this Recipe of Valai Thandu Pachadi
2-3 cup Valaithandu, 1 lime size tamarind, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 pinch of asafoetide, 1 red chilli whole, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1tsp urad dal, 2 T spoon curd, 1 small size jaggery, oil, salt
Soak the tamarind in a cup of water and extract juice in 1 cup water
Add the valai thandu in the water. Add turmeric powder, Asafoetida and salt. Cook the vegetable till tender Add jaggery and curd. Mix well. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds curry leaves broken chilli .Pour over the vegetable . serve with rice
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