How to make Vazhai Poo Puttu Kari -

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Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Banana Leaves (केले के पत्ते ), Gingelly Oil (तिल का तेल)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Vazhai Poo Puttu Kari

Vazhai Poo Puttu Kari Recipe Card


The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Vazhai Poo Puttu Kari Recipe

  • Banana Leaves 1 medium

  • Gingelly Oil

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies 2

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 2

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Gingelly oil 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • For paste

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1/4 cup

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 2 tablespoons

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/4 cup

  • Moong dal 2 tablespoons

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Clean the flower individually and chop finely. Boil in 2 cups water with turmeric, little salt and tamarind pulp for about 3-4 minutes. Drain and reserve. Wash and chop the green chillies.

Step 2

Soak the four dals for about 20 minutes, drain and grind to a thick paste with the red chillies, salt and asafoetida with just enough water.

Step 3

Spread the paste evenly on a plantain leaf and steam for about 15 minutes or till completely cooked. Test by inserting a toothpick or needle into the mixture. If it comes out clean then it is cooked.

Step 4

Turn out the cooked dal on a large thali to cool. Break it to a powder texture with your palm and fingers. Heat oil in a kadai, temper with mustard seeds, red chilli, urad dal and curry leaves.

Step 5

Add the chopped green chillies and sauté. Add the cooked flower and the dal mixture. Toss on high heat for a couple of minutes and then reduce the heat and keep stirring till it starts sizzling. Serve hot.

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