Thursday, 30 January 2014

Peg & Pig Kitchen - Dal and Banana Flower Vadas

One of our banana plants has flowered. The last bit of the flower had to be cut so that the fruits grow well. I decided to use the flower to make vadas (fried delicacy).

To learn how to clean banana flowers, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhCYK5U52VA.

Ingredients
1 cup channa dal
1/2 cup moong dal
1 cup banana flower chopped
1 small onion
a pinch cinnamon powder
1 tsp chole masala/garam masala
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp saunf
4-5 green chillies
handful fresh mint leaves
salt
cooking oil for frying

Method
Clean the banana flowers and chop them; put them in water to prevent oxidation. Chop onion. In a mixer, grind soaked dals, chillies, and mint. Transfer the mixture in to bowl, add all the masala powders, cumin and saunf, and salt. Squeeze water out of chopped flowers, and add them to the mixture. Mix well. Heat the cooking oil. Take small balls of mixture, flatten on your palm, and then drop it in to the oil. Fry well, and serve hot.

Note: I didn't use too much of onion-mint or the masala; wanted the taste of banana flowers to dominate.




Regards,
Asha

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