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Apr 11, 2010

Banana Flower Chutney (Arati Puvvu Pachadi)

What is a Banana Flower?

It is nothing but a flower which grows at the end of the stem that holds a bunch of bananas. It looks dark purple on the outside with layers of leaves or bracts wrapped tightly around each other that contain rows of thin, pale colored flowers inside. These pale flowers are used for cooking different kinds of dishes.

Picture Courtesy: Recipetips.com

Even though it is a tedious process to separate florets from a Banana Flower, the taste it gives in recipes is so good. We usually make Patoli or this pachadi with this. DH said it tasted exactly like Curry Leaves Pickle.


  • 1 cup Banana Flower pieces
  • 6 or 7 dry red Chilies
  • 1 tsp Sambar Powder
  • ½ tsp Tamarind pulp
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • A pinch of Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt

Heat oil in a pan and add banana flower pieces. Pour little water and allow to cook until the pieces become soft and cooked.

To this add cumin seeds + curry leaves + turmeric + red chilies and sauté well for some time.

Finally add sambar powder and mix well. Turn off the flame and allow the mixture to cool.

Then grind the mixture into a fine paste by adding tamarind pulp and salt. Add very little water, if needed.

This chutney goes well with rice/chapathi.


Shanthi Krishnakumar said... [Reply]

Perfect and love the taste of vazhaipoo.

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Didn't know we could make chutney out of this. Is the chutney bitter?

Pavithra Srihari said... [Reply]

I have never heard about this chutney .. Looks fantastic .. this one is going straight to my favourties .. lovely

Rohini said... [Reply]

Aww.. Awesome.. And totally new recipe to me!!

Kitchen Chronicles said... [Reply]

Vazhzaipoo chutney looks very delicious.

kitchen queen said... [Reply]

hmmmmmmm! yummy and delicious chutney

Simplyfood said... [Reply]

Wow how innovative.I have seen banana flowers on banana trees but didnt know you can cook with them.

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

looks very tasty Uma!

priya said... [Reply]

yummy n delicious..healthy too

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Very unique pachadi, looks super delicious...

Usha said... [Reply]

Looks and sounds delicious !

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Great creative recipe...........

Unknown said... [Reply]

interesting recipe..

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Very interesting chutney with banana flower....looks tasty Uma.

Cilantro said... [Reply]

Never had them, I like the taste of the banana flower. Would definitely try when I get them next time.

AJ said... [Reply]

This looks super!! What a lovely recipe.

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

I usually make a curry with banana blossom .. pachadi is so new to me

Hayley said... [Reply]

Looks superb and tasty..new to me! innovative recipe

Unknown said... [Reply]

Very nice recipe Uma. Will try next time.

FewMinute Wonders said... [Reply]

This recipe is new to me. I pass the banana flowers in the grocery store because I don't like to remove the flowers and clean them. Maybe some day when I am having more patience I will make your recipe.

Malar Gandhi said... [Reply]

Plantain flower is one of my fav' one, but never heard about this dish chutney before' looks too good and appetizing...wanna try this right away. Thanks for sharing sucha wonderful recipe:)

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Your recipe made me to remember my childhood. My mom used to make it and also the curry. Thanks for sharing
-Nature Lover

Madhavi said... [Reply]

This is new for me, love to try this recipe!!

Cynthia said... [Reply]

I didn't know a chutney could be made with banana flower. Thanks Uma!

infopediaonlinehere said... [Reply]

wow...awesome...totally new recipe on banana flower

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