Vazhaipoo/banana heart/banana blossom is women friendly veggie. It helps to ease out menstrual problems. Banana flower helps to increase progesterone hormone which reduces the bleeding. It is a good source of Vitamin A and C. Consuming this flower often helps to reduce the cramps during menstruation. I agree, it is a time consuming process to clean and chop the buds. But this can be done leisurely and the chopped flower can be soaked in diluted buttermilk to avoid discoloring.

In South, it is normally used for preparing kootu, poricha kootu, paruppu usili and vadai. For a change I prepared this urundai and deep fried them in oil. They are too crispy and very tasty to go with tea/coffee.

Recipe: Vazhaipoo Kola Urundai
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 15 balls as shown
Spice Level: Medium
Recipe Level: Easy
Recipe/Post by: Viji

2 cups chopped Vazhaipoo/Banana Heart
½ tsp Turmeric Powder

For Grinding:
¼ cup of soaked and drained Channa (Kondai Kadalai)
2 Red Chillies
1 Green Chilli
1 tsp Grated Ginger
Few Curry Leaves
A pinch of Hing

Other ingredients:
1 cup Dalia
Fistfull of Wheat Germs/Oats (Optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Special Utensils:
Kadai/Deep Frying Pan

    1. Steam cook the chopped flower with turmeric powder and a tsp of salt. Any extra water can be removed by squeezing.
    2. Grind the steamed flower with the ingredients listed under grinding without adding water.
    3. Powder a cup of dalia or roasted channa coarsely and mix it along with the ground paste. For added taste I added a fistful of wheat germs. You can add oats too.
    4. Make them into a big gooseberry shaped balls and don’t give too much pressure while shaping it. Better prepare it in advance and leave it in the fridge for a while before frying.
    5. Deep fry them in oil and serve.

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  1. Tina // 25 March 2010 at 08:18  

    My all time fav veggie...Looks crispy and mouthwatering..

  2. notyet100 // 25 March 2010 at 10:21  

    looks delicious,..:-)

  3. Miri // 25 March 2010 at 15:28  

    Sigh, I know all these health benefits - but just hate the whole cleaning process and so havent made it in the last 8 years!!!

    Those look well worth the effort though Sia - lovely crisp rounds!

  4. Divya Vikram // 28 March 2010 at 10:33  

    My favorite. Makes me nostalgic!

  5. egglesscooking // 13 April 2010 at 18:09  

    Great recipe Viji Akka. Adding wheat germ is a innovative and healthy idea. I have baked vazhai poo vadais once. It really comes out very crisp.

    I think we should have a tutorial of how to clean and prepare banana flower for cooking, in BC. Once I forgot to soak it in buttermilk and it was very bitter and I had to make some adjustments to make it edible.