Banana floret stir fry

Banana floret stir  fry is generally prepared in south india. Banana flower  is so healthy and its taste is little different. The taste of astrigent we say துவர்ப்பு  in tamil language. Similarly  gooseberry, raw banana, betelnut and skin of pomogranate too have the taste of astrigent (துவர்ப்பு ).
This banana floret is good for women’s health and it is said to have good health benefits for uterus. For the tedious process of cleaning the floret, it is avoided in this busy modern days. Cleaning the floret is well explained in banana flower fritters post in my blog. Please refer to it. You can clean it and store it in an air tight container in refrigerator for next day cooking. But chopping must be done only at the time of cooking. To avoid discoloring, immerse the chopped florets in buttermilk. Some florets bitter in taste so while cooking check for taste, add more grated coconut at the end to balance it. This stir fry is usually served in  south indian meal with rice and sambar or any curry. Do  try this healthy banana floret stir fry for your family atleast once in a month for its nutrient values !

⏲️PREP TIME : 30 minutes

⏲️COOK TIME : 15 minutes

🍛CUISINE :  South Indian

🥘COURSE : Side dish

🍴YIELD : 4 servings


Banana flower – 1 no.

Yogurt – 3 tbsp

Water  – 3/4 to 1 glass( for cooking)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt as required

To temper :

Sesame oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Chana dal – 1/2 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Sprig of curry leaves

To saute :

Green chillies – 2no. (deseeded)

Big onion  – 1 no. (medium size)

To garnish :

Grated coconut – 3 tbsp


Clean the banana floret.

Take a bowl of water and add curd to it.
Mix the curd well in the water. You can use buttermilk instead.

Chop the florets.

Immediately drop the chopped florets into the buttermilk to avoid discoloration. Immerse the florets well in buttermilk (to avoid turning into black colour).

Now heat oil in a pan temper mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal .
Saute green chillies, curry leaves and chopped onions.
When onions are half cooked, squeeze the florets without water and add them to pan.
Add in the remaining florets immersed.

Add in turmeric powder.

Next add  sambar powder.

Now add 3/4 to 1 glass of water, salt and allow to cook in medium flame without closing the pan.

Once the water is absorbed and the florets are cooked, check for taste.

Grate fresh coconut using coconut scrapper.

Add in the grated coconut and give it a stir.
Banana floret stir fry is now  ready to serve.

Banana flower used here is a small one so added 3/4 glass of water. Adjust water according to flower. For 1 flower  1& 1/4 glass water should be sufficient.

Chop the floret and immediately immerse in buttermilk to avoid discoloring. Do not miss this step.

Some flowers might bitter in taste so adjust adding more grated coconut according to taste.

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