Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usli
  1. Remove the flowers from in between the red layers and remove the stamen from all flowers. (A key while removing the stamen is to use gingely oil (nala ennai) coating on your hands and then remove the stamen from each flower. The oil coating makes it easy to remove the kalan)
  2. Have taken a picture of a single vazhaipoo, the stamen (Kalan) and the cone shaped vazhaipoo. Once we start removing the red layers of the poo, the inner layers are white in colour
  3. Finely dice all the flowers and soak them in very thin buttermilk for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile soak the tuvaram parappu in water for 30 minutes and then grind it coarsely with red chillies and some salt…
  5. Steam the ground dhaal paste for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove the steamed dhaal paste from the steamer and let it cool for some time…
  7. In a kadal, heat oil and add mustard seeds and let them crackle…
  8. Remove the vazhaipoo from the buttermilk and wash it with water and add it to the kadai.
  9. Add turmeric powder and required salt (keeping in mind that salt has also been added in the dhaal paste) and cook it till done….
  10. Crumble the dhaal paste with hand and set aside.
  11. Once the vazhaipoo is cooked, add the crumbled dhaal and mix well…
  12. Add a little sugar, mix well and garnish with curry leaves.