Monday, November 23, 2015

Banana Flower Stir Fried With Spices

Banana flower/vazhaipoo or you prefer to high-tech the name, you call it banana blossom. For me, banana flower or jantung pisang lah. Simple as that. The flower obviously is from the banana tree and said as exotic. Really?? Never knew so because mum cooked so often until we got tired of eating. Well, those days banana trees were everywhere and neighbours were kind people. Now, you won't even dare ask your neighbour even if you see the flower idling and almost rotting on the tree. What to do? Neighbours don't want to be friendly. Never mind. Leave them alone and buy the flower from the Indian stalls at the wet market. 

The flower I've been told can be eaten raw and cleaning it, ohhhh!! patience is virtue - open the purple petals/leaves, take out the long yellow flowers, pull out the sort of hard thing or string from each of the flowers, rinse and slice together into tiny pieces. Also, advisable to wear gloves to avoid the black stains.

And then, can we cook now??? This style  - quite basic with the essential Indian ingredients. The taste we love and you know what, just eat with plain rice. Really spectacular and appetising.

1 banana flower - clean and slice
1 large onion - slice 
5 garlic - slice 
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp turmeric
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Heat oil.
Sauté garlic and onion.
Add coriander seeds and fennel seeds.
Stir and add coconut. 

Stir just for a minute or two.
Add flower, turmeric, curry leaves and salt.
Increase the heat.
Stir and fry to soften the flower and dish out.

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  1. Amazing recipe. I have eaten a version of this and its yum stuff :)

  2. I have eaten banana flower only once bt never knew how to make it.. this is simple once u prep ... loved the recipe

  3. i always see this in market and never knew how to cook it, will try it this time
    keep in touch

  4. Though the prep works kills, i still get these once in a while... poriyal that's how we call this dish looks super delicious!

  5. WOW! This is so yummy and new to me.

  6. I never heard of this recipe until now I will love to try it.

  7. thats a different kind of valaipoo stir fry ..Will try it sometime

  8. I feel those days of my childhood..... We used to drink honey present in the flower..... and u r right... banana trees were every where in those days......Delicious and healthy stir fry..... :)

  9. Delicious recipe...... we used to drink honey from banana flower..... a healthy option too :)

  10. Such an easy preparation.... thank you for narrating the steps about cleaning a banana flower, the reason why I don't want to buy it... hehe...

  11. I have never heard of banana flowers but this dish looks really delicious!! Yummmieeeee <3

  12. Buena receta y muy novedosa me imagino los aromas que tiene,abrazos

  13. Thanks Nava

    Hubby said can eat but so far I have not tried before. This weekend might try to find this in pasar

  14. Healthy recipe with banana flower...Yummm....

  15. Oh god...u took me back to my childhood days when we had lot of banana plants at home and my mom used to make this quite it...though ours is a different version I love the flavours if your recipe too...Thanks for sharing :)

  16. My mom use to make it for me, I will try your recipe.

  17. Love this post so much, Nava! It's an eye-opening one for me as I've never seen banana flowers. Hahaha! xoxo

  18. Honestly, I have never heard of any method to cook banana flowers. Learnt a great deal from your blog.


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