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BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY RECIPE / BAALE HOO PALYA / VAZHAI POO PARUPPU USILI

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BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY

Today i have for you all a very tasty and interesting recipe from Banana flower “ Banana flower Stir fry / Banana Flower Usili  ”.  It is a very healthy , proteinaceous and tasty dish which tastes amazing when paired with hot rice and ghee . Do try and relish this yummy side dish..


banana plant

As many of you are aware .. almost all parts of the plantain plant from top to bottom – stem to fruit has wonderful uses and is consumed . The stem (Bale dindu ) and blossoms (Baale hoo / Poombey ) of the tree is used for consumption and has a lot of medicinal values . Many dishes are made from raw banana . The fruit –  banana , as we all know is consumed all over the world . In South India , leaves of banana plant (Bale ele ) are used for serving food in many auspicious occasions and Hindu festivals . Its also used for wrapping food items and are used in cooking too . Yes there are certain dishes like kadubu . etc which are wrapped in banana leaves and cooked . Food cooked with banana leaves has a lot of special flavor.  I recommend you to give a try. I am sure like this there are many other ways in which Banana plant is useful .

Recently i had been to native and was super excited to see organic home grown Banana flower in my relative’s backyard . After female banana flowers get pollinated , they form bananas . After banana’s are produced , male flower still remains at the tip of the bunch which is what used in cooking .It is loaded with fibre, anti-oxidants, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamins and all other minerals.In kannada it’s known as bale moothi or poombey .Though i get good banana flower always in Bangalore, nothing can beat organic and homegrown ones. While buying , always remember to pick that’s firm, fresh, tightly packed and bright purple in color . The cleaning part of the banana blossom is a little boring but the benefits that we get makes the time spent worth . We all know how fibre rich and nutritious banana flower is.Banana flowers are especially good for women as it keeps the uterus healthy. In my home , Banana flower chutney is given everyday to a new nursing mother as it increases milk supply and helps in healing the wounds quicker . Everyday for lunch i used to relish it with hot rice topped with fresh homemade ghee …

BANANA FLOWER

Here is a simple easy video that would help in cleaning banana flower easily …

Let’s check now how to make this healthy and tasty bale hoovina Palya .. i have made it in Matodi palya  style .. which tastes awesome with hot rice topped with ghee .

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BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY RECIPE / BAALE HOO PALYA / VAZHAI POO PARUPPU USILI Yum
BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings
people
Ingredients
To grind
To temper
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings
people
Ingredients
To grind
To temper
BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY
Instructions
  1. Wash fresh banana flower. Discard few outermost petals , which are very thick and little aged ( around 3-4 layers ).They will have slight bitterness . So better not to use . The white flowers , if they are grown , remove the stamen . The tender ones you can use as such . refer video to clean and chop
  2. Finely chop banana flower from tip and drop them in a bowl of water . Keep it so for 10 mins . Later discard water and chopped banana flower is ready to use . refer video to clean and chop
  3. Wash and soak chanadal for 2-3 hours.Once dal is soaked well, discard extra water.
  4. Grind chana dal along with ,ginger, red chilli , green chilli and salt to a coarse paste. Do not add any water.
  5. Transfer the coarse paste to a wide container.
  6. To the coarse bengal gram paste , add chopped Banana flower .Mix well.
  7. Prepare a steamer. Grease an Idli plate / Dhokla plate . Place banana flower + Chana dal mix into it .Steam cook for about 15 mins .
  8. Switch off. Allow it to cool .
  9. later crumble it and keep aside .
  10. In a non stick / heavy bottom pan take oil. Add mustard seeds,urad dal .One they splutter add haldi,hing ,curry leaves and broken red chilli pieces. saute for a min.
  11. Next add pre cooked banana flower chana dal mix. Mix well. Keep the flame on sim and stir in between . Continue the process for another 5-10 mins so that sabzi gets a nice roasted taste n appearance.
  12. Finally , Turn off the flame , add grated coconut and squeeze lemon. Mix well.
  13. Serve hot Banana Flower palya topped with ghee with steaming rice / chapathi / eat as such .
    banana stir fry
Recipe Notes
  • While buying Banana Flower, always remember  to pick that’s firm, fresh , tightly packed and bright purple in color .
  • The same recipe you can follow to do beans / fenugreek leaves / cluster beans usili .

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