Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Banana Flower With Red Cow Peas Stir Fry/Vazhakoombu - Vanpayar Thoran

  • Banana Flower/Vazhakoombu/Chundu) -1 large
  • Red cow peas(vanpayar)-1/2cup
  • Grated coconut-1/2 cup
  • Small onion/shallots-3-5
  • Garlic cloves-2
  • Green chilly-2 
  • Chilly powder-1/2tsp
  • mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Dry red chilly-2
  • Curry leaves-a sprig
  • Salt -to taste
  • Oil-as required 
  • Clean and remove 3-4 outer layers of vazhachundu/banana flower/banana blossom and chop it finely into a vessel with butter milk,water,and turmeric powder.Rinse well after 5 minutes.
  • Cook red cow peas with salt and water and keep it aside.
  • Grind coarsely coconut with green chillies,onions,garlic,chilly powder and a few leaves of curry leaves.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add dry red chillies and curry leaves,shallots and saute till it is soft.Now add ground coconut mixture and mix well.
  • Now add finely chopped vazhachundu(after squeezing out from water)and add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt.Cook covered for 3-5 minutes in a medium flame. 
  • When the banana flower is cooked well,add the cooked red cow peas/vanpayar with cooked water and mix well.Cover with a lid and cook for few minutes.Open the lid and stirring often until all the water evaporates and dry.
Serve with hot Rice.....Enjoy!!! 
Happy Cooking!!!