Saturday, March 24, 2012

Banana pith and flower vada(bondi- gabbya ambado)

Every part of the banana plant is useful. Apart from banana fruit we use almost all the parts of banana plants as well ,like raw banana is used for preparing  variety of dishes like  fritters ,curries and some dry dishes also,banana leaves(kele paan)  are used for raping dosas and used as plates .Normally in marriages and in temples especially in south india where they serve food on banana leaves which tastes awesome, darkish red flower of the plant is also used for  preparing many  tasty dishes,which is healthy too,the dry brown outer part of  banana stem used as a tread(kele vayu) for making garlands and last one is Gabbo(konkani)/banana pith/stem interestingly many people  are not aware of its use and medicinal property .We south indians  use this  for preparing  different variety of curries and fritters,which is very tasty like koddel,gabbo upkari and other dishes.It is very useful  for kidneys,obesity,urinary stones and other ailments according to ayurveda .
                         Somedays back i got this plantain pit and flower from my backyard and i prepared some tasty vadas,which is very easy and quick to make.I never tried this combination before.

Ingredients you need 

  1. Banana flower-1
  2. Banana pith- 2 cups(chopped finely)
  3. Rice flour-1cup
  4. Urad dal powder-2tsp
  5. Besan(gram flour)-1tbsp
  6. Chilly powder-2tsp
  7. Asafoetida-1tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil for frying


  • First remove the 2-3 layers of the flowers and finely chop the remaining flower and keep aside.
  • Now finely chop the white coloured plantain pith .
  • Now mix all the ingredients to make vada batter by just adding 2-3 tsp of water if necessary . 
  • Now make take a lemon sized ball and give it a vada shape .
  • Now heat the oil in a kadai and start frying on medium flame till brown and crisp.