I learnt this recipe from my friend, Anu's mom. They stay in THIRUPPUVANAM , a small historical village near Madurai on Rameshwaram Highway . This village is also located on the banks of River Vaigai .
Lord Shiva's temple located here is a historical famous one . This temple is famous for its Pradhosham pooja . People from in and around Madurai will visit this temple especially on Pradhosams .
Pictures : Google.com , Hindu.com
My friend's home is surrounded my lovely plantain gardens .So,very often they used to prepare this poriyal . Here comes this recipe for you .
Banana flower / Vazhaipoo ---1 cup (Cleaned)
Channa dal/Kadalai paruppu -- 1 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Ginger - garlic paste - -1 tsp
Green chillies/Red chillies - 3
Onion - 1 :finely chopped
Salt to taste
METHOD OF PREPARATION:
1) Soak dal for 2 hours.Meanwhile,before chopping vazhaipoo,remove the central stamen along with a small transparent petal(looks like plastic ).Cut vazhaipoo and put it in a small bowl of water.Add curd to it.So that the colour will not change.
2) Blend dal with vazhaipoo,ginger garlic paste,chillies and salt . Blend it coarsely.
3) Add chopped onion ,cumin seeds and curry leaves to the mixture.
4) Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel .Meanwhile make small balls of dough and flatten it.Once the oil is hot,deep fry them .
Serve hot with sauce or chutney.This goes to Recipes for the Rest of Us - Starters hosted by Sunshinemom ,event started by Ramki and Grammathu Kaimanam hosted by me .
For detailed explanation on cleaning vazhaipoo click viki's post .