Variety is what I always like and I easily get bored cooking the same veggies over and over again. Banana bud or as it is called in Kerala as Kodappan, is a veggie that I always buy, whenever I happen to see them. Though it is quite common in the village areas, for people like me who live in cities, you need to get a glimpse of them in the markets…..
I was not a great fan of this, but my hubby was. Gradually I started trying various options and this is one of the weirdest I have attempted..lol… However, anything that I do like this, fortunately turns out good ( touch wood..he he he ) and here again, my intention was only to get my kids have in veggies. Maybe, with kids around, moms like us have to be innovative…The reason why I added the chickpea was only because, I had a few cooked ones left in the refrigerator, so did not want to waste them.
It is a bit time consuming to get the Banana Bud chopped finely, but the effort is worth it. Once that is done, then the major part is over. You need to be careful, as they have stains and so keep away from your dress and clean hands thoroughly as it does take some time for the stain to go. An easy way is to rub your hands with some oil, so it does not get stained. Take of the first few outer layers and then the rest is edible.
You could do it with any combinations you like, just that when you make this alone, it does not tastes that good.The most seen combination is banana bud and red lentils , I have done with scrambled eggs too…. Any mix and match works fine as along it is not alone….Here is my version….
Finely Chopped banana bud – 2 cups
Finely grated broccoli – 3 tbsp
Cooked chickpea – 1/2 cup
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Green Chilies – 3-4 nos finely chopped
Onions finely chopped – 1 large
Garlic – 1 small clove
Ginger – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1-2 tsp
Salt to taste
. Finely chop the banana bud. You could either use the flowers that you see in it or just take that off. Chopping could be done with the help of a food processor, but it tastes great when done with hand.
. Put the chopped banana bud into a bowl of water immediately, or else it tends to get black.
. In a hot pan,pour some oil. and crack the mustard seeds. To this add in the chopped onions, green chilies, garlic and ginger and stir.
. Drain the banana buds and add this to the pan along with the grated broccoli . Mix well and cover with a lid for a few minutes.
. Banana bud cooks pretty fast and so after a few minutes, take of the lid and add in the chickpea, turmeric powder, salt and curry leaves and mix well.
. Keep on low flame till all water content is evaporated and then add the grated coconut. Mix well and let it stand for a few seconds.
. Serve hot along with rice.