Monday, January 24, 2011

Arati Puvvu Koora / Banana Flower Fry

  • 1 Banana flower
  • 1/4 cup Chana dal
  • 1 cup Onions chopped
  • 1" piece Ginger
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil

Cleaning the Flower:
  1. Banana flowers are bright pink in color.
  2. The flowers are covered in layers. Peel the outer layer of the flower.
  3. You can see a cluster of small cream color stem like florets.
  4.  Pluck each florets and you can see the one hard and long stigma, which is black in color, remove it from the florets.
  5. At the bottom of each florets you can see a transparent flap, discard that too, as they are hard to cook.
  6. Repeat this process by removing every layers.
  7. As you go to the inner part it will be difficult to remove the layers. So just chop the whole inner portion to small pieces with a knife.
  8. Now put this in a food processor or chop it finely.
  9. Drop them in a bowl full of water.
  10. Wash it 3-4 times, using a strainer filter the chopped florets.
  11. Squeeze all the water from the florets and place in a bowl.

  1. In a pressure cooker add the chana dal and add enough water for the dal to cook.
  2. Do not overcook, the dal should retain its shape. Filter the water and keep aside.
  3. Add turmeric powder, salt and 2tbsp of water to the florets and cover it partially.
  4. Microwave for 3 mins.
  5. Now heat a pan add oil.
  6. Add mustard seeds, when they splutter add chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves and onions. Fry well.
  7. Now crush the green chillies and ginger together and add to the pan. saute them well.
  8. Add the banana florets and fry well until all the water evaporates.
  9. Close the lid and cook for 3 mins.
  10. Now add the cooked chana dal and coriander leaves.
  11. Saute them well and transfer to a serving bowl.
  12. Serve as a side dish.

  1. Banana flowers have great health benefits.
  2. Every body must have this flower at least once in a week.
  3. It is also good for pregnant women's and lactating mothers. 

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