Tuesday 16 April 2013

Vazhai Poo Kootu/Plantain flower Kootu

Each and every part of Vazhai maram(banana tree) is useful and consumed in one way or another. There are several dishes made out of vazhai poo, like the vazhai poo vadai, vazhai poo kuzhambu, vazhai poo poriyal etc especially made in Southern Part of India. Here is a very simple vazhai poo kootu which is a very healthy and comforting dish. Check out other delicious sambar & kootu varieties Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here’s how to make Vazhai Poo Kootu with step by step photos…


Plantain/Vazhai poo
1 big flower
Thoor dhal
½ cup
1 finely chopped
2 finely chopped
Green chillies
3 slit length wise
Ginger & Garlic paste
1 tsp
Chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
One pinch
Curry leaves
5 to 6
1 tbsp finely chopped
As needed
Mustard seeds
¼ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dhal
½ tsp
1 tsp
1 ½ tbsp

Pressure cook the thoor dhal and keep it aside.

Remove the blossoms out of the plantain flower. Remove the male stamen and chop them, transfer it immediately in to the diluted buttermilk mixture, to prevent the color change.

In a kadai heat oil, add mustard seeds after it splutters add cumin seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves and sauté for 20 sec. Add the onions, green chillies and sauté until golden brown, now add ginger &  garlic paste and sauté well. Add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy.

Add the banana flower and sauté for about 5 to 7 min. Add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida and ¼ cup of water and cook the flower. Now add the cooked dhal and mix well. Wait until the bubbles appear, add the cilantro and switch off the stove.

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  1. i love the smell of vazhai poo.. it is special.. like this kootu dear..

  2. Never tried kootu with vazhai poo.Bookmarked.

  3. Very Nice KOOTTU. I like this one very much. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Its been ages, I have seen this vazhaipoo, miss it. Lovely kootu there.


  5. I am loving your recipes...so different than the American food I make!!

  6. Delicious and healthy kootu I love it Priya,

  7. delicious vazhai poo curry dear :)

  8. never tried kootu with this.lovely.

  9. Yummy and healthy kootu. Never tried

  10. Lovely Kootu


  11. A traditional and authentic dish which I grew up eating and its still one I long for. Just that the flower is hard to come by these days with the urbanization. When I can find it, I am gonna make this same delicious curry.

  12. very yummy n healthy dear... love it...Thanks for linking to my event...

  13. Love this one a lot :) Urs is a slightly different way.. I make this dry always.. Never have tried this way !! Wil try sometime..

    1. I too make the dry version, since the banana flower is not available here. I bought it from Birmingham, I don't know when I will get to buy it again. I made the kootu.
      Thank you for the comments...


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