Vazhaipoo thuvaiyal/banana blossom chutney is very healthy and goes well with rice. Banana flower known as "vazhaipoo" in Tamil has numerous health benefits. Let us see some of its health benefits before going to the chutney recipe.
Health Benefits of Banana Flower
Cooked banana flower is said to be good for diabetics.
Banana flower is used to treat ulcers and dysentery.
It helps to alleviate menstrual cramps and is very effective in treating excessive bleeding during menstruation. (Yes, very true as I have personally tested this and have found relief. Just grind tender banana flower to a paste. Mix 1 tsp of that paste with 1 tsp of curd and have it 2 times daily - morning and evening until your bleeding stops. Do not store leftovers. So grind only needed quantity. If symptom persists or if your bleeding is too heavy, consult your gynecologist. I am not a medical professional, I am just sharing with you my personal experience).
As it is rich in fiber, it helps prevent constipation.
As banana flowers are high in magnesium, it helps boosts mood and reduces the anxiety. It helps regulate the blood pressure.
Banana flower is also said to improve lactation.
When this humble banana flower has so many health benefits, why not include it in our diet once in a week. Today we will learn how to make a simple chutney/thuvaiyal using banana blossom/flower.
|Banana blossom thuvayal-Sorakkai Kootu (with peas)|
Clean banana flower and chop it finely. Check out how to clean banana flower. Keep it in diluted buttermilk until use to prevent discoloration.
Cook the chopped banana flower with just enough water, salt and turmeric powder. You can also pressure cook the flower for 2 whistles.
Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing and red chillies.
When dal turns golden brown, add tamarind and saute for 2-3 seconds. Then add cooked banana flower and saute for another 2 minutes.
Add grated coconut and saute for another 4-5 seconds. Add salt needed and leave it to cool.
Grind it coarsely adding very less water. Enjoy it with hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee or sesame seed oil. My lunch on that day was just a simple vazhaipoo thogayal, sorakkai kootu, rice and curd.
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