Banana Flower Thoran/ Vazhya kumb thoran

In South India banana itself and lots of other parts of this plant like flower , heart inside the stem etc are enjoyed in various preparations.It has lots of fiber and hence very good for you. One of my mother's recipe which is my favorite is banana flower thoran. She uses blackeyed peas in this recipe, any other legume can also be added but it is totally optional .

Banana Flower  - 1
Blackeyed peas - 1/4 cup ,soaked and cooked

Coconut - 1/4 cup , grated
Hot Green Chili -  4 , chopped
Onion - 1/4 cup, chopped fine
Garlic - 1 pod , crushed
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Oil - 1 tbsp

  1.  Soak blackeyed peas for an hour an cook till tender with salt .
  2. Clean banana flower and chop the tender part into fine pieces.
  3.  Add a 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil into the chopped flower.
  4.  Mix well with  hands to coat flowers with oil and salt and keep aside.
  5.  Crush coconut, chili , onion,garlic ,cumin and turmeric in mortar.
  6.  Heat oil and mustard seeds and let it pop.
  7.  Now add curry leaves and coconut mixture and cook for a minute.
  8.  Add banana flower , peas and salt ad mix well.
  9.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low.
  10.  And mix again and cook for another 5 minutes.
  11.  Serve with rice.

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  1. Wowww.. looks amazing.. thanks for the recipe dear. yum yum yummm :))

  2. new and intersting receipe, i make kootu/vadai with banana flower. this sounds new to me.nice thoran

  3. sounds really healthy and tasty..south Indian cuisine is awesome

  4. Wow adipoli..that's a lovely combo,nice thoran.

  5. one of our favorite thoran.. i like the addition of beyedpeas.. i used to add the mung .. this sounds really nice combination too.

  6. I know how healthy this is, back home Amma used to force me to eat banana flower. Looks so inviting.

  7. wow.......Simply nutritious....Wat else can I say..Itz hi-time to be aware of the importance of nutrition than that of the taste of the fuud.....!

  8. Hey nisha, How you been. Was away for a while and I guess have missed a few posts..Love this kumb thoran. Looks delish..

  9. Adipoli thoran..this is a fav combo to most keralite..

  10. Lovely recipe very nutritious and healthy

  11. wow it looks sooo delicious ..very new combo for me ...i will surely try this ...thanks for sharing dear


  12. Love this yummy vazhakoombu thoran..Nice pics!

  13. Looks yum!We prepare this minus the legume.Will try ur version

  14. looks healthy and delicious dear :)

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  19. Great combination.never tried adding peas to banana flowers.Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hello

    The thoran looks so yummy n inviting , i've nvr used banana flr before but ur recipe inspires me to try it out soon !!!

    - Smita

  21. Now this is awesome Banana Flower Thoran. I bet a little Cheyenne Pepper and paprika will do add little more spice. Thanks for sharing this one. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

  22. my Fav..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

  23. I have never seen a banana flower I will have to look them up.