Monday, January 24, 2011

Vazhakoombu Thoran

Vazhakoombu,Kodappan,Chundu,VazhaChundu are all names used for the humble Banana Flower.
Keralites use all parts of the Banana Plant Ripe bananas are eaten as such or used in making desserts , raw bananas are made into curries , stir fry's etc The Banana leaves are used to serve food in , wrap food for baking grilling and also to pack food in, The stem of the Banana plant is user for making makeshift floating devices, decorating and cooking.Here is a quick Thoran using the Banana Flower


  1. Banana Flower - 2 medium sized remove the purple outer petals until you see the creamy white inside petals
  2. Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  3. Green Chilly - 4 chopped
  4. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  5. Shallots - 3 chopped
  6. Curry Leaves - 2 springs
  7. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 Tsp
  8. Salt - to taste

Banana Flower turns a dull grey color when exposed to air.SO either chop it only when ready to add to the pan or keep it immersed in water until ready to cook.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds , when it splutters add curry leaves and chopped shallots and green chillies to the oil and saute until it is soft.
Add in the chopped banana flower and turmeric powder , sprinkle with water , add salt to taste and mix well.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes until the bananaflower is 3/4'th cooked.
Remove the lid and add the grated coconut and stir well.
Stirfry on a medium flame until the mixture is dry.
Serve with rice.

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