Chettinad Ennai Vazhakkai

Vazhakkai is one versatile vegetable and is also a favourite. There are various ways with Raw Banana. 
Ennai Vazhakkai is a Chettinad specialty; almost chips like. It is a spicy, crisp and dry. And.....
to make this vegetable, you need OIL; as indicated by the name. It is a very simple and easy recipe.
Generally, a spicy vegetable is served with Thanni Kuzhambu - a watery gravy with vegetables like Keerai Thandu, Brinjals, Beans, etc.

Vazhakkai - 1, large
Salt to taste
Sambhar Powder - 2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig

Oil - 1/4 cup
Saunf - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp

Peel and quarter the Vazhakkai. Slice thinly.
Take the sliced raw banana in a large bowl and add sambhar powder, salt and 1 tsp oil. Mix well. Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Add in curry leaves.

Heat oil (I know its quite a lot. But you need it.) in a thick bottomed Iron or non-stick Kadai.
Add urad dal and saunf. When it starts changing colour, tip in the marinated vegetable. Stir fry on high flame for 2 minutes. Then reduce flame and cook, stirring ocassionally; until crisp and dry.

It takes quite a while. Be gentle when stirring, as it will start breaking, once it is cooked.
Very simple and very tasy!!!

Celebrating Chettinad Cuisine @ Ticking Palates...
 Pair it with Keerai Masiyal and Lemon Rasam; served with hot, steaming Rice and Ghee.


Ramya said…
That looks really delicious...especially the combo:-)Slurppppp
Priti said…
This looks so delish n simple to make ...yum
Priya said…
Mouthwatering here, would love to have some ennai vazhakkai..
you have a wonderful to see the chettinattu items..glad to follow your blog.visit my blog if time permits.
Now Serving said…
this looks very yummy and inviting!
shaz said…
Hi Minu, thanks for visiting my blog. Now I've discovered yours, yum!! This banana dish sounds like something my grandmother used to cook, I never learnt from her so it's very exciting to get a chance to learn how to make these dishes. Very tasty looking :)

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