Banana flower is known as annans heart.This is used as a vegetable..It is large which grows from the end of the bunch of bananas. It has outstanding medical properties.It is also known as banana blossom. It is packed with essential minerals such as phosphorus,calcium,potassium,copper, magnesium and iron.It is a rich source of Vitamins like A,C,E and also fiber and iron.It is packed with dietary fibre.
It has got antioxidant properties.It is good for diabetic patients.
It can be added to salads,stir friesand herbal tea.
Banana flower …..1
Green gram dhal…..1 cup
Mustard seeds…..1 tsp
Shallots….few or big onion 1 chopped
Salt as needed
Cumin seeds…1/2 tsp
Garlic.. 3 to 4 cloves
Boil green gram.It should not be mushy. Keep aside.
Just pulse coconut scrapings,g.chillies, garlic clovesand cumin seeds.
In a kadai add oil. I have used coconut oil.
Add mustard seeds when it splutters add curry leaves and chopped onion.
Fry and then add chopped banana flower add little salt.Dont add water.Fry for few minutes.
Now add grinded masala and turmeric and mix well.keep in centre and cover with a lid in a medium flame.
When it is almost cooked add boiled green gram and mix well.Again cook for3 mts in low flame.
An easy snack or breakfast .This can be made very easily if you have rice flour at home.
Rice flour……..1 cup
Salt as needed
Curry leaves few.
Urad dhal…..1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds..1/4 tsp
Coconut grated….1/4 cup
Take a bowl and put rice flour into it.
In a kadai add little oil when it gets heated add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then add broken red chillies and then curry leaves when it gets fried add to the rice flour and keep aside.
Add coconut scrapings.
Now boil two cups of water with salt and 1 tsp oil.
Add it to flour.
Now mix well with a laddle without any lumps.
Make balls out of it.
Now keep it in a steamer and cook till it gets done.
If this is not for neivedyam you can add chopped onions and fry with red chillies and then add to the flour.This has a different taste.If for breakfast can have with coconut chutney.
Beans parupu usli is a traditional recipe. This is common in Tamil brahmin house.We can use cluster beans and banana flower too.This is served for festivals and for auspicious functions. Vegetable is cooked with crumled soft dhal.
Soak Dal’s for 2 hrs
Beans finely chopped….250 gms
Salt as required
Turmeric powder…..1/4 tsp
Split Bengal gram….1/4 cup
After soaking for few hours grind into paste with red chillies and a little salt and keep aside.
Chop beans and cook till tender now add the ground paste in the centre and cover it and cook