Plantain Flower Dal

13 May

Ariti Puvvu Podi Pappu


Plantain Flower 1
Toor Dal 1 1/2 cups
Garlic 5 pods
Green Chiles 4
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 3
Asafoetida a pinch
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Peel more than half of the petals from the plantain flower.
Check this to see how to remove hard stem and hard covering of each flower.
Chop the prepared flowers roughly.
Aplly salt and leave for 10 minutes.
Then refresh under cold water and squeeze off the excess water.

Remove stems, wash and slit green chiles.
Peel and remove hard ends of the garlic pods.

Wash toor dal in water thoroughly.
In a small sauce pan, cook toor dal in 2 cups of water until just cooked and soft from inside.

Heat oil in a wok, add garlic and all talimpu ingredients in order.
When dal changes color, add green chiles, chopped plantain flower and salt.
Add about half a cup of water and cook for about 5 minutes.
Then add cooked toor dal and turmeric powder.
Mix thoroughly and remove from heat once all the moisture is evaporated.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes: Toor dal needs to be cooked right.

10 Responses to “Plantain Flower Dal”

  1. Madhuram May 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Nice pappu. Believe me or not I also made usili with this today. This is the first time I’m cooking this and it came out very well. My mother asked me to soak it in buttermilk and tumeric mixture for sometime.

  2. Madhuram May 13, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    Very clear pictures on how to use the flower.

  3. Divya Vikram May 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    nice healthy dish..

  4. Trupti May 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    daal looks delicious & nice photo

  5. shriya May 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    Its surely a healthy choice. Pic looks awesome.

  6. sagari May 14, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    dal looks deleciouss anusha

  7. A. Ranganathan March 25, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Can someday detail how Vadas may be made with Plantain flower as the main ingredient?



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