Just like any child I don’t have much affection for vegetables. And if they happen to be some unusual one’s I will just run away.
One day we were invited at a friend’s place for dinner. It was vegetarian dinner as our friend’s family was celebrating some festival. Our friend’s wife served us some deep-fried vada. They tasted just awesome. When I asked her what they were made of, she mentioned “banana blossom”. I was like dumbstruck. Can this vegetable taste so good? My mother always made a dry version vegetable recipe of it, served with rice.
I was really surprised and happy too. However, I didn’t know how to clean the banana blossom. Now as my mom is here with me and the blossom was available at the grocery store, I decided to make these vada.
The base recipe was shared by my friend to which I have made few changes. I will share how to clean banana blossom sooner.
- 1 cup banana blossom, cleaned and chopped
- 3/4 cup bengal gram ( Channa dal)
- 2 tbsp black gram (urad dal)
- 2 tsp rice
- 1/4 cup onion
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder ( Indian curry powder)
- dash of asafoetida
- Salt as per taste
- Coriander and curry leaves, chopped
- Oil for frying
- Soak the dals and rice overnight.(I usually prefer soaking them overnight but if you want to prepare them quickly then they need to be soaked at least for 3 hours.)
- Drain the water from the above and grind them coarsely along with cumin seeds without adding any water.
- Remove them in a bowl.
- Now drain water from the chopped banana blossom and grind this too without any water. (The water in the soaked banana blossom and the dals is enough for grinding).
- Remove the above in the same bowl as ground dals. Add rest of the ingredients except oil and mix well.
- Heat oil in a saucepan for deep-frying. Grease your palm with water and make medium-sized vada or patties.
- Fry them in hot oil till golden brown. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.