Thursday, October 27, 2011

Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe - Banana Flower Stir fry

Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe
Vazhaipoo poriyal is in our menu often as I love this recipe with moong dal. The toughest job is to clean it , but with the health benefits and ofcourse the taste I would never skip to buy this. I love it in any form either vazhaipoo vadai or poriyal.
Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe

Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Vazhaipoo/banana flower - 1
Moong Dhal (Passi paruppu) - 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Jeera - 1.5 tsp
Coconut grated - 3 tbsp
Garlic - 4 to 5 pearls chopped finely
Big Onion - 1 small sized chopped
Salt - as needed
Oil - 1 tsp

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Green Chillies - 1 slitted


  1. Clean vazhaipoo as mentioned in the link above and soak in buttermilk until use, Keep aside. Then dry roast jeera for few mins until aroma comes then grind it to a semi fine powder.
    How to make vazhaipoo poriyal - Step1
  2. In a pan, heat oil - add mustard seeds, urad dhal let it splutter. Then add curry leaves, green chillies, onion and garlic, moong dhal and saute until onions turn slightly browned.
    How to make vazhaipoo poriyal - Step2
  3. Drain buttermilk / water then add vazhaipoo, turmeric powder and saute for a minute. Then add water till immersing level and allow it to boil and cook till the veggie turns soft. Saute for few mins until the moisture evaporates and the curry becomes dry and roasted. It may take 5 -7 mins then add grated coconut, roasted jeera powder and stir well for 2-3mins. Switch off.
    How to make vazhaipoo poriyal - Step3
Serve hot with rice and sambar or any variety rice of your choice.
Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even cook vazhaipoo and moong dhal in a pan with water. But I prefer pressure cooking. Moong dhal should not be mushy, it should be firm yet soft to bite.
  • Dont skip roasting moongdhal, it gives a nice aroma.
  • Amma always adds coconut only after switching off any poriyal as raw coconut is not much of cholesterol she says so using it as raw as much as possible is good.
Vazhaipoo Poriyal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Very nice recipe, even mom uses moong dal, I am lazy to add hehe... lovely clicks :)

  2. The poriyal looks great. I always avoid buying vazhaipoo for the fear of cleaning it...but love to eat this.

  3. wow healthy recipe !!
    somehow I never like vazhaipoo poriyal. but my fav is vazhaipoo cutlet. it just tastes so yum
    by the way ur amma's tip is so nice !!!
    i never knew raw coconut is not much of cholestrol. thanks for the tip
    my hubs is always very health conscious !!

  4. I love vazhaipoo, but we don't get it here. Poriyal looks yummy.

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  5. mmm... I love this. But we wont add moong dal.

  6. Nice click on vazhaipoo poriyal..My fav.

  7. I used to love this and we did have it often as mom had few banana plants in her garden.
    I have not had this for years though, don't know why I never asked her to make this while i was there, but then there was so much things i wanted to eat while i was there, never knew from were to start. This looks so so good.

  8. hey Sharmi I just had Banana Flower curry last night...this is one of my all tim efavourite . your version looks great

  9. Healthy it with rice and rasam

  10. looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

  11. Lovely recipe.. Cant resist but would love to taste some mixed with curd...
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  12. A really interesting dish..I don't think I have ever seen or had banana leaves.

  13. nice clicks..i love this stir fry...perfect rice :)

  14. poriyal looks so inviting..i use to add cooked tuvar dal to this poriyal..try that also :)
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  15. Thats really an interesting dish. Looks yum!

  16. That is such a lovely picture of vazhaipoo poriyal...

  17. How I wish could get banana flowers here in the US ~ love t n loved your recipe :)

  18. Vazhaipoo poriyal looks delicious.

  19. we never make poriyal with vazhipoo. either usili or kootu. This sounds simple and healthy. will give a try

  20. This version is new & sounds good. will try for sure.

  21. I have not cooked with vazhaipoo before. Looking at the pics...I want to try it now :-)

  22. healthy and a wonderful combo..missing vazhaipoo here :(

  23. Nice recipe, I love banana flower too

  24. Very healthy recipeand also very tasty sharmilee ....

  25. Though I never made this,this looks very delicious


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