Plantain flower vadai

Take the outer cover of the plaintain flower and remove a bunch of florets at a time. Hold them in hand and brush on top of the bunch. This will make the stamens visible. Remove the stamens only and cut the bunch into small pieces. Soak them in water mixed with curd & turmeric (otherwise it becomes black very soon).
For vadai, gram dal, toor dal in the ratio of 2:1. pasi paruppu – 1 tea spoon soak this separately. Soak gram dal & toor dal for 1 1/2 hours. Grind 2 green chillies, 2 whole red peppers and 1/2 tsp salt in a blender.Add the soaked dal to this mixture and grind very coarsely. add plaintain flower, 1 tsp ginger pieces, pasi paruppu and 10-15 curry leaves (optional) to the ground mixture. add 1 teaspoon of ghee to this mixture. Take a ball of this mixture and place it on a plastic sheet of paper and pat it to flatten it a little. Then drop them in boiling oil. Turn over both sides until fully cooked. serve with tomato ketch up.Recipe from Gayathri Venkataramani.

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