Vazhapoo Thoran

Usually in Tamilnadu, when we cook the banana flower, we take out the only the flowers and remove the stamen from the flowers and cook it.My maid taught me long back, a new way to cook the banana flower  without throwing away any part of the flower. That  was very new to me then.It still is a favourite in our home .


1 medium tender valapoo(banana flower)

1 cup broken green gram.(moong dhal, pasiparuppu)

 1 small onion

3/4 cup grated coconut

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

a few red chillies, a sprig of curry leaves , mustard seeds and Coconut oil to temper.


Wash the flower well.Chop the banana flower from the tip.

As you keep chopping ,smear the chopped pieces with coconut oil and keep aside.

Meanwhile cook the dhal just till it is just soft.(Not too soft, not too hard).

Grind the coconut , cumin coarsely and mix with the  chopped banana flower.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel.Add mustard seeds, when they pop , add red chillies onion and curry leaves.Stir for a minute.Add the banana flower,coconut mixture and saute for a few minutes.Add coriander powder and saute till the raw smell goes.Add in the cooked dhal.Mix well.Stir constantly till the thoran is dry.Serve.

One more Entry for JFI Banana hosted by Mandira at Ahaar


  1. That looks delicious, I love veggies, except I don't like it spicy. We have a similar dish here, banana heart cooked with shrimp and coconut cream...

    You must try it Mimi it is very delicious and not at all spicy and do share your recipe too.would love to try ti with shrimp.

  2. this looks great. I have never tried using the entire banana flower. Have to try your recipe! Thanks for the great entry for JFI :) Mandira
    Thanks Mandira Welcome to my Blog.Do try and let me know if you like it . The pleasure is all mine :)

  3. Hi pearlin! just as what mimi said, we have the same dish.. and i missed eating that. its more on sour taste for us unfortunately, we dont have banana flower/heart here in doha =(
    Hi Ria, so good to see you after a long time !too bad you don't get them in Doha, have you tried the Indian stores?

  4. I love this thoran..was looking for a recipe after having tasted this thoran. Looks really good.

  5. Welcome to my Blog Pravs. Thanks :)

  6. [...] Wash and Chop the heart of the banana flower as shown in this recipe. [...]


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