Monday, March 28, 2016


Banana flower has lots of health benefits. We usually make parupuusli, Vadai  etc , This recipe I saw in Venkatesh Bhat's cookery show. It's so different and easy to make and tasted yum.

Here are some health benefits of Banana Flower.

 Banana flower is used for preparing many recipes like stews, soups ,salads .stir fry dishes, meat dishes and it can be eaten raw .The florets of the banana flowers need to be cleaned well before they are cooked as a vegetable . It has  a lot of medicinal property .Banana flowers are rich vitamins like C and E ,protein , minerals like potassium,calcium,iron,copper,phosphorous,magnesium and dietary fiber.It is free from sodium.This flower has been used as a traditional medicine to treat bronchitis ,constipation ,menstrual cramps and ulcer problems.It boosts mood and reduces the anxiety because the banana flowers are having high levels of magnesium.It regulates the blood pressure   .The study results of the journal physiotherapy research shows  ,the oral intake of banana flower extract for 30 days may significantly reduce the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients  and increase the hemoglobin levels . 


Vazhappu / banana flower
Pearl onions - 6 to 8
Red  chili -  2 to 3
Tomato - 1
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
oil, musturd seeds for tempering

To roast and grind

Sesame seeds (black) - 2 tsp
Peanut - 4 tsp
pepper corn - 1 1/2 sp
Ginger - 1 inch piece
curry leaves few


Clean the banana flower , remove the stem and chop it.
Take a bowl of water and add 2 tsp of curd, mix well.Add the chopped banana flower in to it.Soak for 10 minutes.

Take oil in  a pan and roast sesame seeds, add peanuts , add peppercorn saute well.
After it get roasted add ginger and curry leaves.

Cool it and ground to a paste.

Take oil in  pan  add mustard seeds into it.When it splutter add red chili  and small onions saute it.Add chopped tomatoes after onion turns into pink.

Add turmeric powder and salt. Squeeze the banana flower , add to the pan.Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until it cook well. 


Add the grounded paste , add water and adjust salt if needed. 

Add few curry leaves and Sprinkle gingelly oil.

This is taking part in srivalli's  CC challenge.


Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

I always try usili or vadai with vaazhaipoo. But this is a total new recipe for me. This sounds interesting. Bookmarking.

Pavani N

That is a delicious dish with banana flower. Looks so inviting.

Sapana Behl

Never used banana flower in my kitchen.Looks inviting though.

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