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Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Recipes with banana flower, Vazhaipoo recipes
Vazhaipoo (banana flower) is a super food with excellent source of dietary fibres and has many health benefits. These flowers are loaded with magnesium, which improves mood swings and brings down stress levels. It is packed with essential minerals like protein, potassium, calcium, copper, phosphorus and iron. 

  • Vazhaipoo (Banana blossom) - 3 cups chopped
  • Tamarind - half the size of a lemon
  • Cooked black channa dhal - 1/2 cup
  • Toor dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Cooked gram dhal (kadalai paruppu) - 2 tablespoons
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt - to taste
To fry in oil and dry grind to a powder:
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - 6 nos.
  • Gram dhal - 1 tablespoon
  • Urad dhal - 1 tablespoon
  • Dry red chillies - 2 or 3
  • Coconut scraped - 3 tablespoons
  • Hing - a small berry sized
To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tsp.
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
  • Split urad dhal - 1/2 tsp.
  • Curry leaves - a sprig


Clean and chop banana blossoms as said here. Pressure cook toor dhal, mash and keep aside. Cook black chenna dal and gram dhal separately with turmeric powder. When cooked, drain the water completely and keep aside. Soak tamarind in water and extract juice from it. Keep aside.

Fry the items(except coconut) given in "To fry in oil and grind to a paste". Dry grind to a coarse powder.

Heat oil in the same kadai, add tempering items, when golden brown, add squeezed banana blossoms, add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Add little water, cook covered and when half done, add mashed tur dhal, cooked kala chenna and gram dal, pour in the tamarind extract and allow it to boil for a while until raw smell diffuses. Now add ground powder. Allow it to boil until thick.

Vazhaipoo pitlai (Banana blossom) pitlai is ready to be served with hot rice and ghee.


  1. I have eaten only bitter gourd pitlai and is my favourite. First time I am hearing vazhaippoo pitlai.The picture promises the dish to be delicious. Thanks.

  2. Excellent recipe. Thanks for sharing. I have a question. What is the difference between pitlai and rasavangi?

    1. Its just the proportion of ingredients and consistency with a difference


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