Sunday, April 1, 2012

Raw banana in Dhal / Vazhakkai Pappu & Kootu

"The cravings of a pregnant lady may drive you crazy at times" quoted by the the huss. Imagine asking for ice cream at 10.00 pm and insisting that it needs to be only Bavarian flavor from Baskin Robbins will drive anyone to their wit's end. No this is not copied from Salaam Namaste, this is what I am experiencing. My cravings are peculiar.

I have never opted for meals when we dine in restaurants. It was usually naan with some side dish and when it comes to Adyar ananda bhavan, it had always been butter naan with PB masala. But all of a sudden, I wanted to have full meals. It came as a surprise to the huss and to be frank even to me. So our stop for the weekend lunch was A2B. I ordered, I ate and I was contented. The raw plantain side dish that was served was so nice that even after a week I was reminded of its taste.

So finally gave in to the lingering craving and tried it at home. It was easy to make and we had it with rasam saadam. A perfect comfort meal.

~*What U Need*~
Raw Banana - 1
Pear Onions - 10
Tomato - 1(medium)
Hing Powder - a pinch
Garlic - 2 pods
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Channa dhal - 1/4 cup
Green chilli - 1
Salt - to taste
Water - as needed

For tempering
Oil - 3 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/8 tsp
Red chilli - 1

How I Made it:
Wash and soak toor dhal and channa dhal for 1 hour. Chop shallots into two, roughly chop the tomatoes. Chop raw banana into small cubes.
In a pressure cooker, add all the ingredients except those under tempering, enough water and salt and cook for 3 whistles. When done and in required consistency, adjust salt and remove from flame.
Heat oil in a pan, temper with mustard & fenugreek seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves and red chilli. Pour this tadka on the dhal and mix well.

My Notes:
> You can alter the consistency by boiling off the excess water.
> You can use this as the main course or as a side dish.
> I reduced this to minimal water and used this as a side dish for rasam saadam. The combination was awesome.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Congrats on the pregnancy! Hope you are doing well! I have never heard of this dhal...sounds great!

  2. I agree with Vimitha.The craving during pregnancy are peculiar.dhal looks delicious. Take care...

  3. RAw banana in dal is something interesting that I never tried...looks nice

  4. banana and dal combo sounds great, never tried it..enjoy the pregnancy time with lots of cravings n food ;)

  5. Nice kootu and enjoy your pregnancy dear..

  6. Lovely kootu

  7. Very healthy and delicious kootu, sounds flavorful

  8. never tried this combo..looks delicious...

  9. Very interesting n yum ..nice combo

  10. Unique combination of flavours! Sounds good :)

  11. Very interesting and yummy looking dal. I totally agree that cravings during pregnancy are very peculiar.

  12. congrats.. enjoy this time... :)

  13. Sounds so unique, lovely recipe. Congratulations on the good news!

  14. haha, atleast ur cravings are healthy! this raw banana dal looks lovely

  15. never cooked with raw banana..looks great!

  16. nice recipe dear. healthy and yummy

  17. Never tried raw banana in dhal...Sounds really good.

  18. Never trid this kootu,sounds very interesting!!

  19. Congrats!!! ob your pregnancy. never tried this,looks yum

  20. very interesting recipe. sounds healthy and tasty.

  21. wat a tempting pics..n u done this kootu perfectly...can feel the taste..

  22. very interesting,once made sambar with raw banana...kootu sounds so yummy...will try it sometime!
    Spicy Treats

  23. Looks delicious. Take care enjoy the pregnancy.

  24. Delicious kootu...enjoy your pregnancy dear!!! ;)

  25. This is so new to me! Sounds great, have to try this way!

  26. very new recipe..never thgought of adding raw banana with any daal..looks delicious..

  27. This surely is the time to enjoy Dear. Kootu looks superb, never tried adding shallots to this. Got to try.

  28. Hearty congrats to you ...this is a new recipe to me ...Looks yummy

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