Friday, May 30, 2014

Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai

#VazhaipooKodipasalaiAdai  #BananaflowerSpinachPancake :
This flower is rich in Vitamins and minerals especially potassium and magnesium. It doesn't loose its medicinal property in whatever way it is cooked.
Its taste is somewhat starchy and astringent, sometimes bitter also, which makes it unpopular among people.
But it is also a good source of fiber and protein.
The flower contain saponin, a phytochemical which lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, boost our immunity against infections and also inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
I always used to prepare curry, poriyal, paruppu urundai and vadai
But now I am experimenting with Vazhaipoo  [Banana flower ] to make new dishes and today made adai. It was very easy to prepare and tasty too.
Commonly Adai - Pancake is prepared using bottle gourd, or murungai keerai { Drumstick leaves }. Some time back we saw the method of preparing Adai with Spinach - Kodi pasalai. Here I made adai with banana flower and spinach.
Here comes the recipe.
Can make 4 - 6 pancakes.

Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Banana Flower Spinach Pancake ]

Ingredients :
1/8 cup                            Boiled Rice [ Idly rice ]
1/4 cup                            Raw Rice
1/4 cup                            Gram dal [ channa dal ]
1/4 cup                            Thuvar dal [ arahar dal ]
1/4 cup                            Green gram [ moong dal ]

other ingredients to grind :
3                                      Red Chilly
1 Tsp                               Cumin
1 Tsp                               Fennel
1 small piece                    Asafoetida
1/2 inch                            Ginger
3/4 Tsp                            Salt

To add to batter :
3/4 cup                             Banana flower nicely chopped [ take inner tender florets ]
3/4 cup                             Spinach finely chopped
2 Tbsp                              Coriander leaves finely chopped
15                                     Curry leaves nicely chopped
1 Tbsp                              Onion finely chopped
2 pinch                              Turmeric powder

Oil to make adai - pancake.

Method :
Soak both rice together in a vessel for 2 hours after washing 2 times.
Soak all the given lentils [ dals ] in a separate container for 2 hours.
After 2 hours,
Take other ingredients to grind in a mixie jar. Grind coarsely without adding water.
Drain water from soaked rice into another vessel and then add rice into the mixie jar.
Now grind other ingredients ground already and soaked rice without adding water.
Then add 2 Tbsp soaked water which we saved and grind coarsely into a batter.
Add some more water if necessary.
Transfer into a big vessel.

Now drain water from soaked lentils completely.
Grind it coarsely without adding water.
Transfer into the same vessel having rice batter.
Wash the jar with little water and add that also into the batter.
Mix well and adjust salt.

Heat a tawa over a medium flame.
Add all the chopped ingredients into the batter and mix well.
Spread 1/2 Tsp of oil over the hot tawa.
Keep two ladle full of batter at the centre.
Spread evenly using the back of the ladle and make a perfect circle.
Apply oil over and along the rim of adai.
Close with a lid fro 2 to 3 minutes.
After 2 or 3 minutes open and see whether the rim turned golden color.
Then flip adai using a dosai ladle and allow to cook other side.
Now do not close the adai after flipping.
Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Banana Blossom Spinach Pancake ]
Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Banana Blossom Spinach Pancake ] Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Banana Blossom Spinach Pancake ]

Transfer onto a plate when both the sides are cooked well and turned golden color.

Relish with avial or coconut chutney.

Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Banana Blossom Spinach Pancake ]

Nutritional Value of Banana Flower:
As per the Africa Journal of Biotechnology, banana flower nutrition per 100g is as follows:

51 kcal
1.6g of Protein
.6g of Fat
9.9g Carb
5.7fgof Fiber
56mg of Calcium
73.3mg of Phosphorous
56.4mg of Iron
13mg of Copper
553.3 mg of Potassium
48.7mg of Magnesium
1.07mg of Vitamin E

[source : banana flower ]

You may also like to try :

Kodi Pasalai Adai [ Spinach Pancake ]
Spinach Pancake
Adai or Paruppu Adai [ Lentil Pancake ]
 Lentil Pancake
Mulaikattiya Payaru Adai [ Sprouted Green Gram Pancake ]
Payaru Adai
Arisi Roti [Rice Pancake ]
Arisi Roti
Kezhvaragu Adai [ Ragi Pancake]
Kezhvaragu Adai