Banana blossom in coconut masala – Kerala Sadhya recipe

banana flower stirfry

A banana plant is a tropical paradise.  Every part of the banana plant has found a use in tropical cuisine. It almost seems like, the sweet  banana to eat and to cook with, the leaf as a wrap or an eating plate, the edible stem and even, the inflorescence. Today, lets pick up the banana blossom/ flower to put to good use.

The Banana blossom is an ingredient in many Asian cuisine cultures. In Indonesian cuisine as a part of salads, in Thai as a salad or added to pad thai.  Many cooked preparations in Philippines banana blossom is an active ingredient.   Indian cuisine sees it as vadais, fritters, in gravy or dry fry, predominantly to the south of India.

There is an interesting story of a superhero who derived his superpower from the banana blossom in the Philippine folklore. This will make an interesting read for kids as it may be fairly an exotic vegetable to introduce to many of them.

banana flower

Banana Blossom and  its benefits

Banana blossom/ flower is a speciality vegetable in many countries. But, if you live in banana-growing countries you should easily be able to procure this. The banana flower is useful to vegetarians as a good source of iron and fibre. As a result of the ethanolic content, the ability to resist bacterial infections in them is scientifically proven.  Significantly, in alternate medicine it is being used for many menstrual problems.  In addition, Anti-cancer properties of the flower are researched upon immensely.

In the current preparation, we are going to take the banana florets through an elaborate cleaning process to remove the thick stigma in the centre.  Then these can be chopped and cooked to remove the bitterness from the stain. The resultant banana flower is now ready for stirfrying. Tossing them in a masala created by roasting coconut and spices instantly transforms it to an aromatic warm salad. Scroll down to obtain the step by step Printable format of the recipe.  Most noteworthy, Save it directly on your favourable platforms for quick use.

vazhapoo thoran

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banana flower stirfry

Vazhapoo thoran

Kerala style dry recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish, sidedish, Soups and salad, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Malabar, South indian, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 1 banana blossom vazhapoo/ banana flower
  • 3 cups Water
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 0.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal skinned
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 2 tbsp coconut grated fresh
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Peel the outer layers of the banana flower. These are the dark red co lour ones. As you peel them the flowers are inside.
    banana flower
  • Extract these flowers. Each of these carry a hard stigma, which cannot be chewed. So extract them and discard.
  • The soft white portion as you peel is completely edible so once you reach the white portion you can use it completely.
  • Keep the water ready in a bowl. Add the salt and the turmeric powder.
  • Chop the flowers and the soft white portion. and immediately soak in the water ,as it may turn dark due to the stain.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil. Keep covered and boiling for about 5 minutes. Drain the excess liquid and extract the cooked banana flower. Set aside.
  • Into a pan add the oil as the oil warms up add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter add the urad dal, cumin seeds and dry red chillies.
  • When these roast and release a wonderful aroma add the curry leaves and coconut and roast at a low heat till golden brown.
    banana blossom in dry coconut masala
  • Add in cooked and drained banana flower, toss well with the roasted masala.
    banana blossom thoran
  • Toss around till the masala well coated in the banana flower.
  • Serve hot with Rice and any of the above curries
    vazhapoo thoran


If you need a coconut free recipe use blanched almonds in the place of coconut. They are a huge success to swap with coconut. Try the Papaya erisherry recipe for instance.
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Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Have yet to try my hands on Banana blossom.. bookmarking this recipe Seema. Wonderful share !

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

I haven’t cooked with banana blossom but would love to. You make it seem so easy to prepare a dish. Vazhaphoo thoran looks tempting.

4 years ago

I love banana blossom but it’s been a long time I made it. I am tempted to make it now Seema.

Poonam Bachhav
4 years ago

Loved the updated post Seema ! Beautiful pictures !

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