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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Banana blossom, vazhaipoo in tamil has immense medicinal properties. The flower is rich in fibre and is effective in treating menstrual disorders like excessive bleeding & painful menstruation. It provides relief from stomach ailments, especially ulcers.

NOTE: The stamen and filament should be removed before cooking . A separate post on cleaning vazhaipoo (Banana blossom) will follow. Cleaning is time consuming but worth it.


Vazhaipoo (banana blossom) - 1

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad dal – 1/2 tsp.
Curry leaves -a sprig
Oil - 3 tablespoons

To coarsely grind:

Toor dal - 1 cup
Dry red chillies – 3
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste


Soak toor dal and red chillies in water for 1/2 an hour. Drain completely and grind coarsely alongwith salt & turmeric powder. If necessary, sprinkle water. Steam cook the ground paste for ten minutes and keep aside.

Finely chop vazhaipoo and boil in water alongwith salt and turmeric powder, drain it and squeeze out the excess water using your hand.

Heat oil in a pan, temper with mustard seeds , urad dal and curry leaves. Add the steam cooked paste and fry for 5 minutes. Add the boiled vazhaipoo, mix well and saute for 3 more minutes.

Serve hot. An excellent side dish with south indian thali.


  1. Love paruppu usili with vazhaipoo, seriously am drooling over that bowl..

  2. This is my fav usili.. cleaning is the longest work ..but still its always the best .. perfect..

  3. Delicious and yummy ..perfect with rice and dal:)

  4. This is my fav curry anytime with sambar rice

  5. I love this very much. Tastes great,lovely clicks.

  6. I love this very much. Tastes great,lovely clicks.

  7. The picture with the leaves serving as background is fabulous. I love this mixed with hot rice and a spoonful of ghee.These go well with mendhiya kuzhambu and seeraga rasam.

  8. Tasty looking vazhaipoo usli,rightly said it is painstaking to clean but worth it in gold.

  9. Wow looks testy... I have never tried this,....but sure to try it out soon looks so inviting.

  10. wow looks so wonderful !! never tried dishes with banana blossom !! need to try sometime !!

  11. nice presentation and my fav one too

  12. never tried it but it is looking tasty and love to eat it

  13. I am loving this.. would be great if you could send to my event this month..

    Event: Healing Foods - Banana

  14. Love the recipe, but I love your presentation even more :)

  15. sounds great and I am sure tastes as good.

  16. looks delicious. i have not tried with vazhapoo. will def try sometime.

  17. Looks so delicious and mouthwatering:)

  18. paruppu usli, that too with vazhaipoo....I can just eat that by itself...my take on a one pot whole meal! I am stumped that you retained the petals for the photoshoot!

  19. I didn't know that I can use banana blossom for usili. Great combination and healthy too.

  20. Looks so fresh and appetizing. I'm a big lover of parupusili and just love to mix it with rice and eat. This is so perfect!

  21. An excellent dish and my favorite too .. love this one lots. Aunty, similar information on cutting Vazhathandu and making usili/curry using it will also be well appreciated.


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