Banana flower ( Vazhai Poo in Tamil ) is used as a nutritious food item in South India. It has a lot of medicinal values, like blood purification, curing menstrual disorders, constipation, stomach ulcers. Also as it is rich in fibre content, it increases the hemoglobin cell levels in our blood. I make this Kuttu atleast once in two weeks, and is an excellent side dish for spicy kuzhambu dishes , tiffin menus or simply with white steamed hot rice…Most of us think, the toughest job is to clean this flower…Absolutely not…Just pull out a strong string like structure from each bud of the flower and then chop it across into small pieces…That’s it…Your nutritious , fibre rich , healthy dish ready for you…! Enjoy the tasty recipe…
Banana flower - 1 medium sized
Toor dal - ½ cup
Moong dal - ½ cup
Tomato - 1
Onion - ½
Turmeric pwd - ¼ tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - ¼ tsp
Cumin - ½ tsp
Asafetida - a pinch
Split urad dal - ½ tsp
Red chilly - 1
Curry leaves - handful
Salt to taste
Clean the banana flower and chop it to fine pieces.
Heat the pan, add toor dal and moong dal.
Pressure cook it for one whistle.
Now add chopped banana flowers, chopped tomato, turmeric pwd , salt and further pressure cook it for 1 whistle.
Once the pressure goes off, open the lid, smash the contents.
In a small pan, heat oil, season with mustard, cumin, asafetida, split urad dal, curry leaves, chopped onion and red chilly.
Add the seasonings, mix well.
Garnish with coconut flowers and serve hot.