Sunday, June 2, 2013

Vazhaipoo Poriyal-Banana Flower Curry (Stir Fry)-Vazhaipoo Recipes

Vazhaipoo is an excellent source of fiber. In our family all of us love plantain flower/banana flower and we include it once every week. It has many health benefits. Apart from being rich in fiber, it is said to be effective in treating excessive bleeding during menstruation. I learn't this poriyal from my friend as my mother usually prepares only vazhaipoo usili. I love this stir fry very much with rice. Cleaning banana flower can be quite time consuming but it is worth the effort. 

Vazhaipoo Poriyal- Vazhaipoo Curry

How to make Banana flower stir fry

Prep time - under 20 mins
Cook time - under 15 mins
Serves - 2

Ingredients needed 

Banana florets - 3 cups - cleaned and chopped  
Refer my detailed post on how to clean banana flower  
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 2 medium size
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Salt as required

For the seasoning 

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Split urad dal -3/4 tsp
Red chillies - 3
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig


Clean and chop banana flower and keep it in diluted buttermilk to prevent discoloration. Once you finish cleaning and chopping, rinse and drain the buttermilk, add 1/4 cup of water, salt needed, turmeric powder and pressure cook for 3 whistles or until soft. Cooked banana flower  is now ready.

Chop onions finely.


Heat oil in a kadai or pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chilli, hing, curry leaves and saute until dal turns golden brown.

Add finely chopped onions and saute until onions turn transparent.

Now squeeze out the water (if any) from the cooked banana flower and add it to the above.

Mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes.(the flower is already cooked, so we do not have to saute for a long time). Check for salt. Add if required.

Add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.

Delicious and fiber rich vazhaipoo curry is ready to be served with rice.

More Vazhaipoo Recipes 

Vazhaipoo Kootu 

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

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  1. i make it the same way.. last time ven i tried here, it turned bitter, do u knw any reasons?

    1. if you are using the flower from pachha bale turns bitter.A farmer told me that flowers of yalakki variety used isn't bitter

  2. Very healthy and delicious looking curry. Excellent preparation.

  3. Very healthy and delicious vazhaipoo curry...

  4. looks really delicious... yumm...

  5. this is such a tasty and healthy poriyal ....

  6. healthy, fiber rich curry..looks great

  7. Laxmi - From my experience I am telling you. When you buy plantain flower, see if the florets are white in colour and not deep pink because every time I get banana flower with pink florets, it is a little bitter.

  8. i too use as the same way but i add some milk solids (residue left after preparation of ghee), which tastes really great

  9. Hey Thanks Paddu....this was my first time making the poriyal, tips about cleaning the flower were very useful. The porial turned out fine too...thanks again

  10. Excellent recipe. Love your website. The instructions are detailed and accurate.

  11. I heard pressure cooking destroys nutrients. Can i saute it with onions till it is cooked

    1. The longer the food is cooked, the more nutrients are destroyed. Pressure cooker takes very less time to cook. If we add just needed liquid to cook the food, even the liquid will be boiled away, so most of the nutrients will be retained in the food.
      You can saute onions and then add plantain flower and cook in a pan but it will be time consuming.

  12. Jains dont eat Banana flower.As
    one whole flower produces 100's of bananas which can feed many as against 2 who eat flower bhaji.

    1. I was under the same myth until i found out in our(in-law's) own garden when the plantain was ready for harvest, the flower was hanging at the tip of the plantain bunch, that means it is just a residue and no more bananas come out of it..!!!!!

  13. Can u pls post the receipe for VAAZHAPPOO ARACHU KALARINA KARI


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