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Vaazhakkoombu Thoran !! (Banana Flower with crushed coconut)

In Kerala countrysides,every household is sure to have at least few banana plants, of,almost all parts are of high demand ! The stem part called ‘pindi’ is been widely acclaimed for its medicinal purposes.Pindi is usually cooked along with buttermilk, sautéed with spices and yes,converted into healthy juice ! (this is proved good for diabetes)Plantains,especially ethakka is Kerala’s most reputed vegetable where as banana flowers,rich in vitamins,traditionally been cooked to a dry preparation along with coconut.The one I am showing here is a simple thoran with banana flower.Why I call it simple you know,I am not adding any lentils to it for enhancing taste.This dish primarily constitutes raw taste of vazhappovu/vaazhachundu/vaazhakkoobu aka banana flower,but don’t worry,with rich coconut and subtle spices,it’s a bowl of pleasure to any connoisseur !!

  • 2 cup grated vazhakkoombu/banana flower
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 dry chilly 
  • salt and water as required
  • Coconut oil,mustard seeds to temper

To crush
  • half cup grated coconut
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 small cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves

  • Remove the outer layers of banana flower till you reach the softer side/cream shade as shown in picture

  • Grate it  and drop into buttermilk-water mixture.Keep it like this for at least half an hour.This process will remove the stain it’s having.
  • Now wash it properly using a strainer
  • Crush everything given under the particular section
  • Heat coconut oil in a frying pan and splutter mustard seeds and dry chilly.
  • Add the coconut mixture and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add grated banana flower and salt.Mix well and sprinkle some water over.Close with a lid and cook in law heat.
  • Open and check in between.After been cooked,open the lid and make it dry sautéing well.
  • Serve with rice or chappathi.


8 comments on “Vaazhakkoombu Thoran !! (Banana Flower with crushed coconut)

  1. kaarasaaram.com
    February 7, 2011

    This is always my favourite… Lovely. First time here and you have a wonderful collection of yummy recipes… Glad to follow u..


  2. kaarasaaram.com
    February 8, 2011

    Thanks for visiting my blog… do visit again…


  3. Indianspice
    February 8, 2011

    For sure dear.


  4. Indian Cuisine Blogroll
    February 8, 2011

    Miss this yummy thoran..


  5. Sarah Naveen
    February 8, 2011

    my fav..looks so yummy!!!


  6. Indianspice
    February 8, 2011

    Thanks Indian cuisine
    Thanks Sarah..


  7. Pravs
    February 8, 2011

    oh i am so tempted. Same pinch to you too :)I have one recipe for banana flower in my blog. Now this recipe is new for me. Will try it out. Thanks for coming by.


  8. Shanthi
    February 9, 2011

    My favourite looks wonderful


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