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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 …


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

Check Out the Video recipe here :

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 .

Check Out the Video recipe here :



Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 no Banana flower / Baale hoovu
  • 1/4 cup coconut grated
  • few drops of Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

To grind

  • 1/2 cup Chana Dal
  • small piece Ginger
  • 2-4 nos Green Chilli as per taste
  • 1-2 nos Red Chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

To temper

  • 2-3 tsp Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp , 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1-2 pinch Asafoetida/ hing
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1 no Red Chilli broken


  • 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
  • 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
  • Wash and soak chanadal for 2-3 hours.Once dal is soaked well, discard extra water.
  • Grind chana dal along with ,ginger, red chilli , green chilli and salt to a coarse paste. Do not add any water.
  • Transfer the coarse paste to a wide container.
  • To the coarse bengal gram paste , add chopped Banana flower .Mix well.
  • Prepare a steamer. Grease an Idli plate / Dhokla plate . Place banana flower + Chana dal mix into it .Steam cook for about 15 mins .
  • Switch off. Allow it to cool .
  • later crumble it and keep aside .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finally , Turn off the flame , add grated coconut and squeeze lemon. Mix well.
  • Serve hot Banana Flower palya topped with ghee with steaming rice / chapathi / eat as such .
    banana stir fry


  • 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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