Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Banana Flower (Vazhaipoo) Adai

          Adais are like pancakes or dosas, usually made with a mixture of dals and rice, a healthy and wholesome dish. When you add some vegetables to it, it becomes a complete meal. Vazhaipoo has a slightly bitter taste, usually it is cooked as a poriyal or kootu. At home, when I get this vegetable, I usually use half of it to make this adai, it blends nicely with the dal in the adai. To make the adai even more healthier I replace half the rice with ragi flour, it tastes great, try it out..
Need To Have
  • Parboiled Or Idli Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Tuvar Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Chana Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Ragi Flour - 1/2 cup
  • Dried Red Chillies - 4
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped Vazhaipoo - 1 cup
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Curry Leaves - 15 leaves
  • Chopped Onion - 1/2 cup

          Soak the dals and rice together for 2 hours, grind it with the red chillies and fennel seeds, add ragi flour to this and add enough water to make it a thick batter ( slightly thicker than dosa batter). Add the chopped vazhaipoo, coriander leaves, curry leaves, onion, turmeric powder and salt, mix it well. Can make the adais right away, no need of any fermentation. On a hot tawa, pour a laddle or two, spread it out like a dosa or crepe, add 1/4 teaspoon of oil around it. When it's cooked on one side, flip it over and cook on the other side. Serve it hot with any chutney, we usually have it with tomato chutney.

Sending it to Spicy Treats for the Show Me Your Hits - Healthy Delights event and
                to Zesty South Indian Kitchen for the Hearth And Soul Blog Hop event.

Can use entirely rice, if you use raw rice, you'll get very crispy adais.
Can leave out the onion, can also add grated coconut, and also use coconut oil for cooking the adais, gives an extra flavor.

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  1. Very interesting recipe. I will add this to my list. Very nice blog!

  2. i too once tried adai with vazhaipoo, that was really good...your version with ragi combination sounds healthy n yummy...adai looks so crisp n tempting...Great recipe yaar!
    Thanks a bunch for linking to the event..
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  3. A very healthy adai. Nice substitute for rice.

  4. very nice recipe, the adai looks fab!

  5. This is a new recipe I am bookmarking this as it sounds so delicious.

  6. looks great..i have never tried ragi or vazhapoo for adai.. need to buy ragi now :)

  7. sounds new & awesome..cant wait to try this healthy recipe..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  8. I liked the combinations Hema; bookmarked.

  9. interesting recipe.... delicious and healthy...

  10. I love vazhai poo verymuch adai in this looks so tempting n innovative recipe...

  11. healthy and delicious adai..wonderful combo..

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  12. very new recipe.....adai with vazhappo....sounds very innovative to me....great recipe dear

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  13. Hey this is such a nice idea! I must try this and sure should taste awesome!

  14. looks so delicious..very tempting clicks!!

  15. Ah, a new way to use vazhapoo -- I love this veggie. Ada looks too tempting!

  16. Glad to follow your blog

  17. very different recipe, i would love to try it !! so exotic !! thanks for sharing

  18. Adais are new to me. They look and sound delicious, as well as very nutritious too!

  19. Delicious and healthy adai, I love to have them with aviyal or chutney. Amma makes it often. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  20. Adai with tender drumstick leaves or banana stem also tastes great. Banan stem must be removes of fibre and soaked in buttermilk beforfine chopping. Try and enjoy.Lalitha