March 23, 2009

Vaazhaipoo (Banana Flower) poriyal

Posted in sides at 10:54 am by kalpana


When my sister bought the banana flower  from an asian market near by  her house,i jumped like a little girl :).I grew up eating this poriyal but this was the first time i cooked.We didnt know how to clean and cook it, so we decided to call our eldest sister in chennai.we called her in the middle of the night… got an earful… 🙂  and finally got the recipe 🙂

Discarding the inedible parts of flower is tedious but it really is worth it. It is little time consuming to do the prep work but you can get it done while watching tv.Before  going to the recipe, Check out the pics below on how to discard the unwanted parts of flower.

  • Discard the parts that are marked ‘X’. Inside the flower,there will be several stem like structures.Discard  the one with black round head which is also the thickest of all.
  • Discard the little white thing that has the parchment paper like texture.



  • Banana Flower (1 medium)-  Cleaned and finely chopped
  • Toor dhal – 1/2 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Cloves – 3
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Redchillies – 4 ( can be adjusted to taste)
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Onion -1 mediumFinely chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Soak the toor dhal in water for 1 hour.
  2. Heat  oil in  a pan or kadai .Add the mustard seeds.When it splutters, add the urad dhal,redchillies,garlic,curry leaves and saute them for few mins.
  3. Add the finely chopped onion and cook it until its golden brown.
  4. Add the banana flowers,toor dhal ,salt and about a cup of water.
  5. Mix well and cover it with lid.Cook on  a medium flame until its done.This may take about 15- 20 mins.
  6. Check for seasoning and take it out of heat and serve.


  1. SGD said,

    Hey! Banana flower is a delicacy in Bengali cuisine too….we call it MOCHA.
    Though our preparation is very different, the chopping part is really cumbersome…but as you said, it’s worth the trouble!!
    Check my recipe @ Mochar Ghonto

  2. kalpana said,

    welcome sgd..your recipe sounds interesting and is totally new to me…i have one more banana flower..will try yours next time 🙂

  3. Asha said,

    Never tasted it before, looks delicious! 🙂

  4. kalpana said,

    thx asha.You must taste it asha 🙂 .It has a unique slightly bitter taste .goes very well with sambhar ,rasam or curd rice.

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