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Banana flower (arati poolu) with azuki(adzuki)beans or Red chori beans which is called thatta payaru in Tamil is combined with some ground dhal and spices tastes so good and healthy. It can be served with Steamed white rice accompanied with pappad or vadagams(vadiyalu) and some small onions. Coming to the health benefits banana flower is rich in fibre and beans offcourse is so good source of protein. It tastes so good.

Ingredients :

Banana flower - 1 Chopped
Aduki beans or red chori beans - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - lemon sized ball (get the pulp out of it)
Urad Dhal - 1 tbsp
Channa Dhal - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 5
Coconut - 1 tbsp (scrapped)
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as required
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - little for adjusting tanginess
Asafoetida - Pinch
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - For garnishing
Mustard - 1 tsp
Sesame Oil for seasoning

Method :

1. Cook the Adzuki beans in the pressure cooker and keep it aside.
2. Clean the banana flower,chop it and cook in the water until it is done.
3. Dry roast all the spices and dhals one by one. Grind them coarsely by adding coconut to it.
4. Now add the cooked beans with boiled banana flower.
5. To this add ground paste, turmeric, tamarind pulp, Jaggery, Salt.
6. Let it boil and cook for some time like sambar.
7. Now season it with mustard, asafoetida and curry leaves.
8. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Cleaning the banana flower :

Even though it is a tedious and time consuming process its worth it once we taste the dish.Take the outer covering and remove the bunch of florets remove the stamen in each flower. Chop the florets and soak them in buttermilk avoid discoloration. Repeat the process to the end or center of the flower.


1. In this dish banana flower can be substituted by bitter gourd, White pumpkin(Poosanikai) also.

2. Banana flower some time give slight bitter taste it all depends upon the variety.

3. Aduki beans can be soaked 6 hrs and cooked in pressure cooker for 1 whistle. If not soaked it can be cooked for more whistles.

4. Reserve the cooked bean water and banana flower water for making pulusu (kuzhambu).

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (April 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM)  

wow Pavi, this is a great combo, banana flowers and red bean they make a lovely color and so the decoration... simply superb

Pooja  – (April 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM)  

So healthy and delicious! Have never tried making a dish with banana flower though I have had few times. Nice combo with lentils :)

Uma  – (April 22, 2009 at 3:52 PM)  

mmm. banana flower pulusu looks so rich and yummy! Great presentation. YOur food art is beautiful. Thanks for dropping by! You have a nice blog :)

Lavanya  – (April 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM)  

creative garnishing..nice combo dish..looks yumm pavithra!!

Pooja  – (April 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM)  

Gravy is looking rich and yummy..

Chef Jeena  – (April 22, 2009 at 5:25 PM)  

Lovely recipe with aduki beans it looks delicious. :-)

Dhanya  – (April 22, 2009 at 7:20 PM)  

Looks so yummy . Vazhapoovu is one of my favourites. Liked the design on the plate also.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 22, 2009 at 8:44 PM)  

Oh thanks everyone for your encouragement and appreciation.

chef and her kitchen  – (April 23, 2009 at 12:30 AM)  

Never use banana flower in my cooking so far...
I loved the stem created by you..How do u get such beautiful ideas?>??

Subhie Arun  – (April 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM)  

wow...oavi..grt combo...n its new to me...simply love it...frst time to ur site...u have wonderful site...thx 4 sharing

vidhas  – (April 23, 2009 at 9:50 AM)  

This is new to me. Lovlery combo, surely will give a try. I used to make paruppuusili or vadai with banana flower.

Vrinda  – (April 23, 2009 at 10:40 AM)  

Great combo Pavitra..i miss those banana flowers,U r right abt banana flowers,the one i got from chineese store was so bitter,and i trashed them..Its so healthy too

Mangala Bhat  – (April 23, 2009 at 10:53 AM)  

wow !Pavitra great dish the way u presented with curry leavs and dal ..looks very nice :)
Thanks for lovely comment@ my blog keep visiting :)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM)  

Thanks prathiba,and regd decoration just on the spot no big planning. decorate with available things thats all.

Indu Subramanian  – (April 1, 2011 at 5:20 PM)  

I love anything with banana flowers. shall try this for sure pavithra

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