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Valaikai Moru Moru/ Roasted Raw Banana Salad

Written By Srimathi Mani on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | 6:46 PM


Valaikai as a vegetable is very popular in the south and there are a whole bunch of recipes that can be made with it. Most popular ones are Chips, Curry,Baji, Roast and Podi mas.Valaika Moru moru is something my cousins wife Renu used to make for us. It was almost like chips but in a cube form and tasted heavenly when deep fried and served. The day before yesterday, I brought some Valaikai from Ker, our Indian store in San Diego and left them in my car trunk. When I reached home I got busy with my daughter and totally forgot to remove then. Last night when I was thinking about dinner plans, I remembered the poor veggie that had been out in the car. I decided to make Valaikai Moru Moru and instead of deep frying I opted as usual for broiling them. They came out crunchy and my daughter and I munched away. When offered to my husband he said that it was the same old roast and expected something creative with it. I took this very traditional veggie and made it into a salad. It turned out better than I expected.

Gadgets:

Cutting Board
Knife
Baking Tray
Bowl




Ingredients:

Valaikai - 5 peeled and cut into cubes
Red Onion - 1/3 sliced thinly
Tomato - 2 de seeded any kind
Lemon - 1/2 lime juice
Oil - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt
Chaat Masala - as per taste
Turmeric Powder - 1/tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a few shakes
Cilantro- 1 Tbsp
Green chillis - 1
Peanuts - 1/4 cup roasted


Preparation:

1. Cut the Valaikai into small cubes. Add turmeric, chilli powder, Asafoetida and salt and mix well.





2. Add 1/2 tsp of oil to the baking tray and 1 tsp to the valaikai and mix well.

3. Spread them on the baking tray and broil it for 10 minutes. Remove and mix them well and put them back for 3 more minutes.

4. In the meantime, cut onions, tomatoes (remove seeds), cilantro, green chillis and mix them in a bowl.

5. Remove the Valaikai and toss it with the veggies. Sprinkle some chaat masala, salt, chilli powder and half a lime juice over it. Garnish with peanuts. Toss and serve immediately.





7 comments:

  1. tht is intresting to know, that they have a concert. nice. maybe i should go some time. u stay close to del mar?

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  2. Salad sounds interesting... A unique twist to the banana cubes.

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  3. I love raw banana. This looks so good..

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  4. Looks yummy! I love raw bananas. I have never tried it with raw veggies.Will try this one.

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  5. Neat twist to the traditional vazhkai,loved it :)

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  6. Thank you all. I used to live there Karuna. What a location, cant beat it.

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  7. new recipe with plantain. Looks so delicious.

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