Chundum Parippum Thoran - Lentil + Banana Blossom Stir fry

Vazha Chundu + parippu thoran.1
How many of you have waddled through your own or neighbor's backyard , looking for the fallen snugly bracts of the red banana blossoms , in search of the tiny drops of honey left ? I have many times like a little squirrel ........
I know I haven't been around here much last couple of months, hope I will be back to my normal routine soon. Thanks to all of you for coming here every single day !


Was reminiscing about the "Pothichoru"( Meals) my brother T used to get for us , when we were left alone at house ,  from a tiny tea shack ( chayakada) near our  home.
An all-in-one pack of choru , thenga aracha meen curry , chundum parippum , vanpayar olathiyathu, naranga achar and pappadam ; in a pliable vazhayila covered with an old newspaper , glued together with pasted "choru".

Chundu + parippu.1

I craved for it ; tried to imitate it ; foil for vazhayila sans newspaper and rest the same !
Ate with so much joy ! Satisfied ! Recreated a good old memory !
"Pothichoru , "meals ready - Oonnu thayar " triggering some childhood memory ? Write to me just like you did with this post about Kakka Erachi Ammachi , without me asking you .. I promise this will be our lil secret :-)..I enjoyed each and every e-mail you sent me about fish mongers and it feels so good to know I took you for a walk down the memory lane

Vazha Chundu + parippu thoran.2
Recipe for nadan vazhachundu - thovara parippu thoran
Serves - 4
Total cooking time - 30 minutes
Ingredients:-
Vazha Chundu / Banana Blossoms - 1 medium
Oil - 1 tea spoon
Yellow Lentils - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Curry leaves
Shallots chopped - 4
Green chili chopped - 4-5
Garlic chopped - 2 cloves (optional)
Ginger chopped - a small piece (optional)
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste
Bowl - 1
Grated coconut - 1 cup
a pinch of cumin 
a pinch of turmeric
Directions :-
Clean, rinse and soak yellow lentils for at least 2 hours , drain and cook with a pinch of salt and just enough water and keep aside.
Clean and remove the outer layers of the banana flower until you get the heart . I smear a lil oil on my hand, knife and the flower and remove the thread kind of thing as I mince it . Put it in a bowl of water and wash well.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds , when it splutters add curry leaves , chopped shallots , green chili , ginger and garlic and saute till the raw smell disappears. Add a pinch of turmeric the minced blossoms , salt to taste and saute for a minute.Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water , keep everything to the center of the pan and cook covered for 3-5 minutes in a medium flame.
Crush all in Bowl - 1 lightly in a food processor or mixie and add to the pan along with the cooked lentils. Combine everything well , simmer for 4-5 minutes , stirring often until it is done and dry.

Happy Cooking

Sarah

44 comments:

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wowww...looks delicious.. chundu ennu vayichappol njan aalochikkuvaarunnu, athenthaannuu?

Sarah said...

lovely Sarah... I've never had chundum parippum before... we usually make it on its own or with cherupayar.

jeyashrisuresh said...

lovely clicks and delicious recipe

Indu said...

Thani malayali vibhavam...Very nice...My husband loves this, I should try it out sometime

Sumi said...

My Favorite vegetable.We pair it up with moong dhal :).Lovely pictures

Kalyani said...

looks delicious ........

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious preparation...yumm

Aarthi said...

awesome dish..very healthy too..

Rekha shoban said...

hi sarah, how r u? healthy stir fry! and with beautiful click!

Sravs said...

Brilliant Recipe!! Very tasty one and healthy too!!

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Ganga Sreekanth said...

ente preeyapetta thoran......kothippichu

Turmericnspice said...

lovely clicks

Ramya said...

ur post made me very nostalgic..ive never had this combo before. i would have tried it, but the chundu i get here is usually bitter. i am planning to use vazhathandu instead...

Ramya Manja said...

wow looks absolutely delicious,I know its a very healthy sabji loaded with lots of nutrients...

kitchen queen said...

delicious and yummy stir fry.

faseela said...

so authenic dish.....superb sarah

Az said...

Looks delicious and healthy!!!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Love this stir fry a lot !! Nicely done !!

Suja Manoj said...

Wow healthy and yummy stir fry

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

I have never had banana blossom with lentils. We make a sweet and spicy stir-fry with lot of coconut though...
Looks so yum!

anthony stemke said...

Delicious recipe and nice photos.

Reva said...

Awesome awesome recipe..:) Loved the combination. The third pic is fabulous..:))
Good work Sarah..
Reva

deeps recipes said...

Sarah,
As always..u r photos and recipe stand out!!Awesome,dear!

Bindu said...

wowww.. delicious !!!!

Poornima Nair said...

Delicious!!

divya said...

Looks delicious and healthy!!!

Rinku Naveen said...

Banana blossom with parippu sounds good. We have a funny name for that here in Malabar. :) Never tried this combination. I really like all the preparations with banana plant..really amazed how we make use of everything. kaambu pachadi is one of my fav. Do u all make that?
As always lovely pics Sarah!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

lovely clicks, never cooked or eaten banana blossom before... looks so good

Ruchikoottu said...

Healthy and delicious thoran...

Zainab said...

Lovely clicks sarah!!!

Anzz said...

The clicks look divine. Amazing.!!

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Malli said...

Great photos and delicious Vazhachundu thoran... love it:)

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

nannayittundu..... blogile puthiya post- PRITHVIRAJINE PRANAYICHA PENKUTTY.... vayikkane....

Plateful said...

Chundum parippum sounds really yummy. I usually make chundum payarum, need to try this combo. Hope you had a wonderful love day, Sarah. You have been missed, xo

Women World said...

Delicious thoran. Tempting picture too. Its perfect.

Zareena said...

This looks amazing dear. Perfect with rice.

Ola said...

It looks really tasty!

Kanan said...

awesome dish and nice pictures. You have such a nice collection

Namitha said...

How much I miss this !! ivide kittunna kumbu onninum kollilla :( Usually I pair it with cherupayar.Next time I should try this :-)

maha said...

wow...........looks really awesome.u made it perfectly......

Anonymous said...

Can u plz tell me the size of the measuring cups u use in ur cooking. thank u
shreya

Sarah Naveen said...

Shreya..I use the standard measuring cups and spoons we get in US like this one
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/williams-sonoma-stainless-steel-measuring-cups-and-spoons/?pkey=cmeasuring-cups-spoons

Swapna Sanand said...

That's a lovely recipe Sarah... I've never had it before. It's healthy too esp for kids and elders in the family. Do looking forward to reading more vegetarian dishes here.

Sherien said...

Nice pics.....foto kandu thoran kazhikan thonnunad adyamayitta :)

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