Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu

#VazhaipooKuzhambu - #BananaflowerKuzhambu : I was searching for a different recipe with #vazhaipoo [ #Bananaflower ] other than what I commonly prepare at home. I came across one such interesting recipe at

Based on the recipe I made my own version of Vazhaipoo kuzhambu.
Here comes the recipe.

Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu [ Banana flower Kuzhambu ]

Ingredients :
To grind :
1 1/2 Tsp                                Cumin
1 Tsp                                      Black pepper
2 or 3                                      Red Chilly
1/2 Tsp                                   Khus khus
15 to 20                                  Small Onion [ sambar onion ]
1/2                                          Tomato

Other Ingredients :
1 cup                                   Chopped Vazhaipoo florets { centre stem removed }
2                                          Mushroom [ optional ]
a marble size                        Tamarind, soak in lukewarm water.
1                                          Onion, chop nicely
1/2                                       Tomato, chop nicely
10                                        Curry leaves
1/4 Tsp                                Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp                                    Salt
4 Tsp                                    Gingelly oil [ till / sesame oil ]
1 Tsp                                   Mustard seeds

Method :
Take out juice from tamarind with 1/2 cup of water.
Strain through a colander and keep aside.

Take onion in a microwave safe bowl.
Add 4 drops of oil and stir well to coat all onions with oil.
Microwave for 1 minute at HIGH.
Take out and then add tomato pieces in the same bowl with sauteed onion.
Add few more drops of oil and stir well with a spoon.
Again microwave for 1 1/2 minute or until tomato becomes soft.
Keep aside to cool down.

Heat a kadai over medium flame with 1/2 Tsp of oil.
Roast red chilly and black pepper and take out.
Keep them in a plate or a bowl.
Now roast cumin seeds and transfer on to the same plate.

Grind all the roasted ingredients, microwaved ingredients and khus khus into a smooth paste using a mixer grinder. The juice of tomato is enough to make them into a paste. If needed add little water and grind.

In the same kadai add remaining oil and splutter mustard seeds and then add curry leaves.
Now add turmeric powder and then onion.
Saute until aroma comes out of onion.
Then add tomato and saute for 2 minutes.
Now add chopped vazhaipoo and saute for a minute.

Add 1/4 cup of water and enough salt.
Close with a lid and cook until vazhaipoo becomes soft.
After vazhaipoo has been done add the prepared paste. Wash the mixie jar adding some water and add that water also. then add 3/4 cup of water.

Mix well and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
Then add tamarind juice and mix well.
Let it simmer for another 3 minutes or until oil oozes out.
Vazhaipoo Kuzhmabu [ Banana flower Kuzhambu ] Vazhaipoo Kuzhmabu [ Banana flower Kuzhambu ]

Turn off the stove and transfer into a serving bowl.

Vazhaipoo Kuzhmabu [ Banana flower Kuzhambu ]

Take hot white rice in a plate, pour one or two ladle full of this spicy vazhaipoo kuzhambu.
Mix well with hand adding a dash of gingelly oil. Enjoy with any poriyal/curry of your choice.

Note :
If microwave is not there saute onion and tomato in the kadai after roasting cumin seeds.

Other Vazhaipoo recipes you might like to try

Vazhaipoo Paruppu usili [ Banana blossom Masala curry ]
vazhaipoo curry
Vazhaipoo koottu [ banana blossom lentil ]
Vazhaipoo koottu
Vazhaipoo kodipasalai adai [ banana blossom spinach pancake ]
Vazhaipoo adai
Vazhaipoo masaal vadai
Vazhaipoo vadai
Vazhaipoo milagu kuzhambu [ banana blossom pepper kuzhambu ]
Vazhaipoo milagu ..

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