Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran - Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

Have you ever tried cooking a Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable.  It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran - Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

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Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran - Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

Banana flower:

Banana flower is the purplish-red flowers growing at the end of the long banana stem. The mature flower often has hard husks on the outside. When the husks have been peeled away, the leaves in the middle can be used to cook. It is also used to make salad in some countries as well. If you are about to buy some for cooking, you should make sure to choose the fresh ones which are tight and undamaged. The outer husks should be closely overlapped each other for freshness purposes. Some people having experience of cooking banana flowers usually recommend that you should wear gloves beforehand. This is because the leaking banana flower liquid can leave some stains on your skin or on your clothes. You can also rub some cooking oil on your hand which makes the liquid easier to be washed.

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Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran - Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran cooking instructions.

Serves – 4

Cooking time- 20 minutes

Cooking time 25 minutes

Ingredients to make Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran.

Banana Flower1 nos
Onion (chopped)1nos
Green chilli (chopped)2 nos ( or to taste)
Garlic (chopped)5 cloves
Dry red chilli2 nos
Coconut (grated)1 cup( either fresh or desicated cococnut)
Curry leaves2 sprigs
Mustard seeds1/4 tsp
Cumin1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder1 tsp
Urad dal1 tsp
Pepper powder1/2 tsp (optional)
Coconut oil3 tbsp
Vermicellicup

Method to make Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran.

  • Oil your hands and knife before cleaning and cutting the banana flower to prevent discoloration.
  • Peel the banana flower stalk (each layer will have many tiny flowers). Remove the outer layer, till you find no more tiny flowers. This last white bit inside should be chopped into fine pieces.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin, when it splutters add urad dal and saute for 1 minute.
  • Put onion, green chillies, garlic, dry red chillies, curry leaves, salt and turmeric powder and fry till the onions turn transparent.
  • Add the chopped banana flower and mix well and fry on medium flame for 3 – 4 minutes covered. Keep stirring occasionally.
  • Add pepper powder and stir well. Add grated coconut and saute well and fry on low flame for 2-3 minutes till all water evaporates and the flower is not soggy. Put off the flame.
  • Healthy Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran. is ready.
 
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Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran - Have you ever tried cooking a banana flower or a banana blossom? Purple in colour, heart – shaped, it is commonly seen in Indian groceries where it is considered as a vegetable. It’s a very good source of fibre and many medicinal values.

Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran.
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Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran.

Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran. Banana flower is the purplish-red flowers growing at the end of the long banana stem.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, kerala cuisine
Keyword Banana blossom Stir Fry, Vazha koombu thoran.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 117kcal
Author Sumith Babu

Ingredients

  • 1 banana flower
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 green chilli chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 dry red chilli
  • 1 cup coconut grated
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  • Oil your hands and knife before cleaning and cutting the banana flower to prevent discolouration.


  • Peel the banana flower stalk (each layer will have many tiny flowers). Remove the outer layer, till you find no more tiny flowers. This last white bit inside should be chopped into fine pieces.


  • Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin, when it splutters add urad dal and saute for 1 minute.


  • Add onion, green chillies, garlic, dry red chillies, curry leaves, salt and turmeric powder and fry till the onions turn transparent.


  • Add the chopped banana flower and mix well and fry on medium flame for 3 – 4 minutes covered. Keep stirring occasionally.


  • Add pepper powder and stir well. Add grated coconut and saute well and fry on low flame for 2-3 minutes till all water evaporates and the flower is not soggy. Put off the flame.


  • Healthy Banana blossom Stir Fry / Vazha koombu thoran. is ready.


Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Vitamin E: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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