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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vazhakoombu Thoran /Banana Flower-Black Beans Stir Fry

Banana /Vazhakoombu stir fry is a very healthy veggie stir fry used mainly in the southern states of India.This veggie is very rich in dietary fibers.The actual combination what my mom makes it is with red chori beans or vanpayar but I have used black beans in it,you can modify it to red chori too.Both combo tastes great and makes a great mildy spicy side dish for rice.Hope you will all enjoy making this at home !!



Ingredients
to cut 
vazhakoombu /banana flower 1medium
shallots 4-5 slit
water
salt
coconut oil 1 tbsp
to cook
black beans or red chori beans(vanpayar) 3/4 cup cooked
to grind coarse
coconut 3/4 cup shredded
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
garlic cloves 3
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
green chillies 4-5
to temper
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
red dry chillies 2-3
curry leaves
oil(preferably coconut) 2tsp


Method
-Remove the outer 4-5 layers of banana bud/flower and wash it.Cut it fine into a bowl with water.
-Drain the water completely ,then rub the coconut oil and salt with your hands.Keep aside.
-Cook the soaked black beans or red chori whichever you're using with enough water and salt in a cooker for 3 whistles.
-In the meantime,grind the ingredients listed coarsely so that it just holds together.
-Heat oil in a pan and temper using mustard seeds,dry red chillies,curry leaves.
-Saute the slit shallots till wilted.Add the chopped vazhakoobu/banana flower.
-Add the cooked beans with the cooked water.(donot throw away the cooked beans water)
-Add the coarsely ground ingredients.
-Cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
-Uncover lid,give a quick toss and cook again for 5 mins.
-Adjust salt and then leave it open for the left over water to evaporate.
-Stir fry is ready once the water is dried completely.

Servings ~4 adults

NOTES
* You can add 2 tsp of parboiled rice while tempering.Mom used to do that.
* You can use 1/2 tsp of chilly powder instead of green chillies too.
* The color of the stir fry is turned dark brownish  because of thewater added of cooked black beans.



Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Jehanne @ The Cooking Doctor





36 comments:

Poonam Borkar said... Best Blogger Tips

looks absolutely delicious..love the way you presented it!
Spicy-Aroma

Spice up the Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks awesome. delicious

Sangeetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Banana Blossom itself a very healthy n nutritious one, in addition u added beans...sounds so filling...lovely recipe..
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Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

very very healthy thoran.nice and healthy combo.

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

very flavorful n yummmy..
Tasty Appetite

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy delicious looking side dish

Srimathi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love vazha poo a lot, but am super lazy to clean them and prepare them for cooking. Looks great.

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice thoran.

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

very interesting!i have never tasted this looks really yummy,a very healthy dish.

deep krishna said... Best Blogger Tips

Now I think I should come there,Juls...This is my fav...looks irresistible..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

I Love vazhaipoo and do not get it here. Never tried adding any beans. Nice idea !!

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

That's too nostalgic Julie..I love it's kind of raw feel.Addition of beans give it a real twist.Nice recipe.

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

never heard of this recipe.. will surely try it..

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Very yummy... Always love it....

Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

very healthy...never heard of adding rice for tempering..will try:)

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah, brings back so many childhood memories!

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and nutritious thoran,love the addition of beans in it.

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very nice. Have not had this for ages!

Paaka Shaale said... Best Blogger Tips

I have enver tried anything with banana flower. After looking at this curry of yours I can't wait to try it :)

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

love this thoran.... :)

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

Bookmarked it. Iam sure it would taste gr8 :)

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

That's a very healthy and tasty dish :)
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Satya said... Best Blogger Tips

My MIL make dry curry with this veggie ...i will surely try ur yummy n very healthy dish

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Very interesting and delicious curry Julie, looks lovely.

Kavitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Very healthy recipe.....love your presentation :)

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

One of my fav thorans..... I liked ur presentation :)

Treatntrick treatntrick said... Best Blogger Tips

I never tried any dish with banana flower, love this awesome combo!

Rekha said... Best Blogger Tips

very healthy and traditional curry.. thanks to visit my blog julie..

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Kusum said... Best Blogger Tips

For me sounds very rare combination! Curious to taste it.

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

i always make sure i eat loads of this when I am in India.. love your recipe

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

What a different combo, looks awesome dear..

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy thoran............yummy combo....

Recipe World said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy recipe and nice presentation...its one of my fav... :)

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Anisha Ranjit said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this...

Kurryleaves said... Best Blogger Tips

one of my fav....perfect with rice

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks absolutely delicious!