Here is the recipe for one of my favorite Thoran (stir fry with coconut). Vazhachundu / Koombu (banana flower) thoran is a popular veg side dish. I guess the meaty texture of chundu makes it appealing to the non vegetarians ;)
Koombu and payar is the standard combination, however you can use it on it's own as well. I've used Cherupayar (green gram) here, but you can also use vanpayar (cowpeas). It's a tasty and healthy dish.
So, here you go…
Vazhachundu / Vazhakoombu Thoran (Banana Flower And Lentil Stir Fry With Coconut)
- 550 – 600 gms Vazhachundu / Vazhakoombu / Banana Flower (finely chopped (refer notes for details))
- 3/4 cup / 150 gms Cherupayar (Green gram) (refer notes for cooking procedure)
- 2.5 cups Grated coconut
- 8 – 10 Shallots / Small Onion (sliced)
- 3 – 4 Green chilli (slit lengthwise)
- 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Mustard seeds
- 10 – 15 Curry leaves
- Combine together grated coconut, sliced shallots, green chilli, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, salt and curry leaves.
- Heat oil in a deep and wide pan. Crackle the mustard seeds. Add grated coconut mixture and fry for 1-2 mins.
- Add chopped banana flower and mix well. Bring the entire mixture to the middle of the pan and pile it up (koonja kootuka). Cover and cook for 8 – 10 mins on lowest flame. Open and check whether it's done. If it needs more cooking, sprinkle some water and cover and cook for another 4-5 mins or till it's done.
- Add cooked cherupayar and mix well. Cover and cook for another 5 mins.