Banana flower is such an awesome veggie to prepare, though the cleaning process is a little cumbersome however, the end result is worth the painstaking task. It tastes amazingly delicious and has health benefits too. Banana flower is also known as a banana blossom or Vazhaipoo (in Tamil).

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  • Onion (Pyaz) – 2 medium size. Finely chopped.
  • Fresh Coconut (Naariyal) – Half coconut grated.
  • Fresh Coriander (Dhaniya) leaves – Half cup. Finely chopped.
  • Ginger (Adrak) – One inch. Finely chopped.
  • Fresh Turmeric (Haldi) – One and Half inch. Finely chopped.  If you don’t have fresh turmeric, you can use half tsp of haldi powder.
  • Garlic (Lassun) – 20 cloves.  Finely chopped.
  • Garciana Indica (Kokum) – 5 petals.
  • Garam Masala – Half tsp.
  • Curry Leaves (Kadipatta) – 15 leaves.
  • Green Chili (Hari Mirchi) – 4 medium size. Finely chopped.
  • Sugar (Shakkar) – One tsp.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – One tsp.
  • Mustard Seeds (Rai) – One tsp.
  • Fresh Banana Flower – 2 medium size.
  •  Cooking Oil – 4 tbs.


  • Take a large bowl and add Luke warm water, add 1 tbs of salt and 1 tbs of limejuice and mix it.
  • For Cleaning the Banana Flowers (Florets) –
    • Pull out the upper banana flower part, plug the Banana flower from inside, and keep it on a plate. 
    • Locate the hard stem part with a bulb like thing and pull it out. 
    • Remove the small plastic like texture part from bottom side of the Banana Flower.
    • Immediately place these cleaned Banana flower part in the Luke warm water to prevent it from becoming black. 
    • Discard the stem part and small plastic like part. 
    • Repeat this until you reach the inner tenderest part of Banana Flower. 
    • Chop both ends of this tender Banana Flower part and discard it. 
    • Cut the tender Banana Flower part from middle and then finely chop it. 
    • Immediately place these chopped tender Banana flower part in the Luke warm water to prevent it from becoming black. 
    • Remove the cleaned Banana Flower dipped in water earlier, chop them finely or roughly, and place it back into Luke warm water to prevent it from blackening.
  • Take a large deep Kadai and add 4 tbs of cooking oil.  Heat it up.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and allow it to crackle.
  • Add chopped garciana indica (Kokum) green chilies, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, and fry them for 10 seconds on high flame.
  • Add chopped onions, chopped turmeric and curry leaves.  Fry the onion until it becomes semi-translucent.
  • Add garam masala powder, sugar, salt to taste, two tbs of chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.  Fry all these ingredients until the onions become translucent.
  • Strain water out of the chopped Banana Flower and add only the chopped Banana Flower in the kadai.  Mix it well.
  • Fry the Banana Flowers on high flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Then cover it with a lid and reduce the flame to medium.  Cook it for 6 to 8 minutes.  Then open the lid and again mix it. 
  • Again, cover the kadai with a lid and cook it for another 8 minutes on low to medium flame.  Allow Banana Flowers to cook in its own moisture and steam.  Keep checking it from time to time.
  • Once the moisture has evaporated and Banana Flowers cooked well, add chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut. Mix it well.
  • Cover it with a lid and again cook on medium flame for another 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Then turn off the flame.  And leave it for another ten minutes with lid covered.
  • Banana Flower Vegetable is ready to be served.
  • Serve hot Banana Flower Vegetable along with chappati.  Garnish is with fresh coriander leaves and grated coconut.
  • Happy Eating.