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Vazhaipoo Thogayal Recipe | Banana Flower Chutney Recipe
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Vazhaipoo Thogayal | Banana Flower Chutney Recipe

Vazhaipoo Thogayal, a very old traditional thogayal variety made with banana flower and spices. Thogayal is a delicious mix for hot steaming rice. We can also serve with variety rices like lemon rice, tomato rice etc.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Thogayal
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Mixer Grinder


  • 300 gms Vazhai poo(Banana flower)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Urad Dal
  • 12 Red Chili Adjust as per your spice level
  • a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • 1 tsp Tamarind Paste or sundakkai size tamarind
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds



  • 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.

Cooking Banana Flower

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add the chopped banana flower. Also add pinch of turmeric along with 1/2 cup of water and cook the banana flower till tende and soft

Preparing Other Grinding Ingredients

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add urad dal, red chili and asafoetida and fry till the dal turns golden brown
  • Take the cooked vazhaipoo, fried dal, red chili, mustard along with salt and tamarind in a mixer jar
  • Grind everything without adding water to a coarse paste

Serving Time

  • Serve the delicious Vazhaipoo Thogayal with hot steaming rice along with a teaspoon of ghee or sesame oil and enjoy this mouth-watering Thogayal!



  1. We can add grated coconut to enhance the flavor


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g