Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

Vazhaipoo (Banana flower/Banana blossom) is one of the commonly used flower in tamil nadu for cooking. It has lot of medicinal properties and a very healthy flower and tasty too. But, to prepare Vazhaipoo for cooking is time consuming and hence the current generation do not prefer to cook it very often even though it is very cheap, healthy and tastier flower for cooking. Try this Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili and share your comments.

Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli
Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Recipe CategoryMain
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

Vazhai poo(Banana flower)1 Medium Size
SaltTo Taste

For Seasoning:
Oil1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1 Teaspoon
Urdal1 Teaspoon

For Grinding:
Thurdal1/2 Cup
Channa Dal1/2 Cup
HingA Pinch
SaltTo Taste
1 Cup = 250 ml

Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli
Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

Preparing Banana Flower for cooking:
The tricky part is to remove the stamen which is nothing but a hard pink layer found in each florets. This stamen never gets cooked and hence we need to remove the same from the florets. You can easily remove the stamen from the top layers of the florets as the stamen is visible. But once you approach the inner layers, the florets are covered and hence removal of the stamen is little bit difficult. Here is the tip.. you can hold the bunch of florets on your left hand and rub the face of the florets on your right hand. This will open up the florets and you can remove the stamen easily. You might notice that the color of the bract was in dark pink color when you start the removal of the stamen and once you approach the inner portion the color of the bract changes from dark pink color to the yellow and finally end up with small white bulb. You can stop removing the stamen at this point as the florets in the inner portion will be more tender. You can cut the flower directly without removing the bracts or stamen.

Chop the florets and put them in the butter milk mixed with water as this will keep the color of the florets as white. Otherwise, this become black in color.Here we are going to make Vazhai Poo Paruppu Usuli. It is dhal crumbles on the vegetable/flower. This dhal crumbles gives a wonderful flavor to this curry.

Let's start the cooking now:
  1. As explained above, we are already ready with our finely chopped Banana flower which we have soaked it in buttermilk +water. Squeeze the chopped banana flower out of the buttermilk and add it to a vessel and pressure cook it with salt. Allow for 2 whistles. We can also directly cook this in pan but it will take more time to cook.
  2. Soak the Dal's in water over night or in hot boiling water for at least 2 hours. Rinse the Dal's and strain the water and grind it in mixer once along with red chilli, hing and salt without adding water

  3. The ground mixture should be coarse. Heat the oil in the pan, and add the ground paste and keep the flame in low

  4. Allow the ground paste to cook in oil and it will crumble down into smaller pieces. In a separate pan, heat some oil and add mustard seeds when the oil is hot.

  5. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add the urdhal and fry till it turns into golden brown color. To this add cooked Vazhai Poo (Banana Flower), then add crumbled Dal mixture and mix it well

  6. Mix the crumbled dal with the cooked banana flower and keep in medium flame for 5 minutes. Then remove the yummy usili from flame. 

  7. The mouth-watering Vazhai Poo(Banana Flower) paruppu usuli is ready to serve. You can also directly mix the Vazhai Poo Paruppu Usuli with the white rice and a spoon of ghee and serve.
  8. Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli
    Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

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