Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style

Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style recipe prepared with grated coconut, cumin seeds, red chillies, onion, garlic and salt, as side dish for rice.

The two main species of banana widely used for food are – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana

To know about the the banana flower’s health benefits click  Nutritional value and health benefits

Ingredients:-

  • banana flower / vazhaipoo – 3 cups
  • onion – 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • oil – 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds / kadugu – 1/2 tsp
  • urad dal / ulundham paruppu – 1 tsp
  • curry leaves / karuvepilai – few
  • salt / uppu – to taste

To grind:-

  • grated coconut / thengai thuruval – 1/2 cup
  • cumin seeds / seeragam – 1 tsp
  • red chillies / vara milagai – 3 number
  • pearl onions / chinna vengayam – 3 number
  • garlic cloves / poondu pal – 2 number

Method:-

1. Remove the pistil in each flower. I have shown in the picture below.

Pistil taken out from flowers and shown, which should be removed
Pistil taken out from flowers and shown, which should be removed

2. Chop the flowers into small pieces and put in water.

Chopped banana flowers in water
Chopped banana flowers in water

3. Grind the ingredients greated coconut, cumin seeds, red chillies, pearl onions and garlic.

Ingredients to grind in a mixie jar
Ingredients to grind in a mixie jar
Ground paste
Ground paste

4. Heat one tsp of oil in a fry pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal. When it turns golden and curry leaves.

Seasoning in pan
Seasoning in pan

5. Now add chopped onion and sauté till it turns pale.

Chopped onions added
Chopped onions added

6. Next add chopped banana flower and sauté. Add 1/2 cup of water if necessary, close and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Chopped banana flower added to fry pan
Chopped banana flower added to fry pan

7.  When it is well cooked and becomes soft add the ground paste and salt.

Ground paste and salt added
Ground paste and salt added

8. Mix well, let it be in low flame for 2 minutes.

Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style
Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style

9. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve as side dish for rice

Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style
Banana flower thoran recipe | Vazhaipoo Kerala style

For more related recipes in my website click

1. Chettinad Vaalaipoo Vadai recipe

2. Drumstick leaves vadai

3. Chettinad Beetroot Vadai

4. Kaaramani vadai

5. Ulundha Vadai

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