Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM 18 comments
Banana flowers/Vazhaippoo possess anti oxidant properties, full of dietary fiber, fights anemia and diabetes (it is strongly believed that an intake of banana flower for 30 days reduces blood sugar level), is very good especially for women, because it protects the uterus, and also stimulates  lactation in nursing mothers, stimulates weight loss, high in vitamins and minerals, reduces anxiety and boosts one's mood, reduces the risk of early aging, prevents heart disease, can keep Parkinson and Alzheimer's diseases at bay and also prevents gastro intestinal diseases. 
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A blossoming banana flower

Banana flower - 1. medium sized
Tur dhal - 3 tbsps
Fresh grated coconut - 2-3 tbsps
Sugar - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste

To Season
Gingely / cooking oil - 2 tbsps
Hing/asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Broken urad dhal - 1 1/2 tsps
Red chillies - 2-3, broken
Curry leaves - few

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch / Dinner
Prep time: 30 mts; Cooking time: 25 mts

Serves 2-3

Banana flowers being cleaned, all the "Kallans" removed. We have to cautiously remove the "Kallans", the thick stem like thing.....first thing, neither can you cut it nor can you cook it...also, it causes stomach ache.

Tur dhal soaked in  hot water with turmeric powder for 20 minutes, then set to boil, with a drop of gingely oil

When the tur dhal is less-than-half-cooked, add the chopped banana flowers, flames on the lowest, if need be, keep covered with a lid.

Now, it is almost done, all the water also taken by the banana flowers, tur dhal also cooked to 3/4 consistency. At this stage, add sugar and salt to taste, mix well

Add the grated coconut too.

Heat another pan, add oil and season all the above mentioned ingredients

add curry leaves too

And add to the banana flower curry

Mix well

Serve the tasty, and healthy Banana flower / Vazhaippoo curry with any rasam or sambar of your choice. Please have a look at my  Rasam Varieties & Kuzhambu Varieties 

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