Friday, October 7, 2011

How to clean Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower)

I know most of us are aware of cleaning vazhaipoo, I wanted to post it as a reader requested for it. This is my favourite veggie, either poriyal or vadai I just luv it. We make it atleast 2 weeks once though cleaning part is a little time consuming. We make a poriyal with moong dhal which I will post next week. You can check the vazhaipoo vadai step by step recipe here.
How to clean Vazhaipoo
  • Banana Flower (Vazhaipoo) - 1 flower

First rub your hands with sesame oil or wear your gloves as touching this veggie turns ur hand black. Then open the petal one by one and take florets(yellow color shown below) and keep seperately.

How to clean Vazhaipoo Step1

Take a floret and remove the parts shown below - remove the stem like part and plastic like petal and collect the other parts.

How to clean Vazhaipoo Step2

Chop the veggie finely and add it in diluted buttermilk to prevent from color changing.Towards the center,there will be a white cone shaped tender part which you can eat it as such tastes good and good for health too.
How to clean Vazhaipoo Step3
My Notes:
  • We can even clean it overnight and store it in a ziplock bag for use the next day.
  • I have heard from my neighbors that they chop and soak in buttermilk overnight for next day use though I havent personally tried it this way.
How to clean Vazhaipoo
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Very useful post. Great for beginners...

  2. great post! i too have a similar post in my blog. these veggies could almost avoided be avoided by future generation due to the time involved in making them edible! However, the benefits are many and such posts would help them keep at it!

  3. this is detailed and usefull post!

  4. Useful post for many of us,truly helpful..

  5. Useful post dear..thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow..that looks really delicious...Thanks for the recipe dear..

    American Classic Carrot Cake is my post today...

  7. very useful post dear with great clicks..

  8. Really useful for few beginners over there.


  9. I remember cleaning vazhaipoo with my Grandma particularly to eat the innermost part :). It has been ages since I had it.

    Event: Halloween Fiesta

  10. Avery useful post Sharmi.. bookmarked it..:)

  11. Very useful post Sharmi..HAd bought them twice but since mom & I were clueless on how to use it.we simply discarded it..Will definitely buy & make them next time!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Useful post Sharmi. Linking this post in my latest post 'Vazhai poo tomato curry'.


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