Friday, July 18, 2008

Vazha Poo/Banana Flower Usili

  • Banana Flower-1(Chopped finely)
  • Chana dal- 1/4 cup
  • Tuvar Dal-1/4 cup
  • Dry Red chilli-3
  • Asafoetida powder-1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder-1/4 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard-1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves-8
Soak the Tuvar dal, chana dal and the dry red chilli's for half an hour. then grind it along with salt, asafoetida powder to a coarse consistency. Boil the banana flower's along with turmeric powder and salt. let them cook and drain them and keep it aside.
In a kadai, heat the oil, add mustard,urad dal, curry leaves and asafoetida powder. Now add the grinded coarse paste to the kadai. let the flame be simmer and keep stirring untill the dals form like small ball's. now add the banana flower, mix well and remove from the stove. serve hot with rice. goes well with rasam.
a very unusual bowl..but usual bowl for the florets
I prepared this usili without chopping it turned out so tasty. you could feel slight bitterness in this flower, but when it is done with get's levelled.
Banana flower/vazha poo vada is my another favourite snack. check it from dhivya's cuisine.


  1. Lavi I read about valai poo usili for the first time...wud love to test it...can I please request you to post vaazhaipoo kola urundai??

  2. My mil makes these...nice pic

  3. Nice recipe!

    I was thinking of making "Vazhappu Paruppusili" for JFI - Flower power (

    While stir frying the boiled vazhappu , if we sprinkle 1/2 tsp sugar, it will reduce the bitterness.

  4. Lovely pic, Lavi! Have eaten v little of banana flower but had something called mochar ghonto made with this on my recent trip.

  5. Wonderful recipe, and i love the picture.. awesome...

  6. I like this curry too! I make it often. YOurs look more delicious Lavi!

  7. thatz a yummy dish .. i havent had it before.. looks good

  8. nice vazhapoo usli..looks delicious..long time i bought patience to remove the stamens...
    vazhathanda kootu also looks good..very healthy!!

  9. Beautiful dish and lovely presentation, Lavi! :)

  10. Frankly I haven't tasted banana flowers but have read about plenty of dishes that use them. Looks good Lavi :)


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