Banana Blossoms curry

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You don’t really need to have plantains growing in your backyard since banana blossoms are available these days in the super bazars. They are really healthy and we use them in preparing chutney as well as curry in combination with Bengalgram which I will put up later. Today I would like to put up this curry with gravy which is a good side dish for lunch. This recipe I borrowed from one of friends from Kerala.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped Banana blossom – 2 cups

2. Onion chopped – 1/2 cup

3. Slit Green chilli – 2

4. Coconut milk – 1 cup

5. Chilli powder – As per taste

6. Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

7. Coriander powder – 2 teaspoon

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Banana blossom

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Chopped Banana blossom

What you do with what you have:

1. Peal the Banana blossom till you get the tender part of the blossom as shown in image 1.

2. Chop it fine as shown in image above. Add a little salt to it and set it aside for about an hour.   Squeeze out the water from it. Cook it in the cooker as usual adding a little salt till it turns soft. (Do not add water)

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Cooked Banana blossom

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Ingredients of Seasoning

3. Place a skillet with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame. When heated add slit green chillies and fry for a while. Now add chopped onions to it and let it fry till it turns transparent adding required quantity of salt to the dish.

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Onion being fried in seasoning

4. When it is fried add chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder one by one and finally add coconut milk to it and bring it to boil on low flame. Finally add cooked banana blossom from step 2 to it. Ready to serve Banana blossom curry is as shown in the image below.(check for salt and serve)

Serve hot with rice as a side dish.

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Ready to serve Banana blosssom curry

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

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10 thoughts on “Banana Blossoms curry

    Deesha said:
    September 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    nice curry .. very different from what I make

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 27, 2009 at 7:09 am

      Hi Deesha,

      Thanx for ur comments.

    Lata Raja said:
    September 27, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I make it dry.This is new and am sure it will go well with hot rice. Nice variation!

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 27, 2009 at 7:13 am

      Hi Lata,

      As you say it goes very well with rice especially during monsoon.

    Supriya said:
    September 27, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Very nice curry:-) I make upkari out of the blossoms, but never tried the curry. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 27, 2009 at 7:05 am

      Hi Supriya,

      This recipe is actually a kerala version of the curry and tastes great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    gowri said:
    September 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Hi Pratibha,
    Nice looking curry. I always wanted to try something with banana blossom. Once I tried to make upkari… and it was very very bitter. So I am not sure is that what it suppose to taste?
    Some one told me to soak it in butter milk to avoid bitterness.
    Thanks for sharing.

    prathibalrao responded:
    September 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Gowri,
    Since we squeeze out the bitterness of the same by applying salt and we add coconut milk , the curry will be really great. Just give a try.

    Anjali said:
    October 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    You can even make chutney out of this blossom,just like how we make wet chutney out of snake guard peel,even that tastes great.You can try that!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      I am actually wanting to put up the same. Thanx a lot for reminding.

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