Banana, South Indian

Vazhaipoo Thuvaiyal

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Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower) is a popular ingredient in South India often used to make Vazhaipoo Vadai, Vazhaipoo Cutlet, Vazhaipoo Poriyal etc.. Rich in fiber and potassium, it is helpful in lowering blood pressure and digestion related ailments.

Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower)
Ingredients:
Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower) – 1, washed, separated, chopped
Urad Dal – 2 tsp
Toor Dal – 2 tsp
Black Peppercorns – 5
Dry Red Chillies – 2
Asafoetida – a pinch
Tamarind – 1 small lemon sized ball (adjust as desired)
Jaggery – 3 to 4 tblsp (or a small ball)
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt as per taste

Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan over medium flame.
2. Fry the dals, peppercorns, red chillies and asafoetida for a minute.
3. Add the jaggery, vazhaipoo, tamarind extract and salt.
4. Add a little water and grind together to a fine paste.
5. Serve with hot rice.

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