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Vazhaipoo Kootu | Banana flower kootu

Vazhaipoo Kootu
Banana Flower  is also known as Arati Puvvu in telugu and Vazhaipoo in tamil.  Cleaning the banana flowers is time consuming and requires lots of patience. Allot at least one hour for cleaning the flowers. I have already posted Vazhaipoo poriyal. Planning to post more vazhaipoo recipes in future.  Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Banana flower Mung dal gravy - Vazhaipoo pasi paruppu kootu.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Ready in: 30 mins
Yields: 3 servings
Vazhaipoo Kootu

Oil1 tbsp
Mustard | Kadagu1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds1 tsp
Red chillies2
Curry leaves3-5
Onions1/4 Cup
Mung dal | Pasi paruppu1/4 Cup
Cleaned Banana Flower1/4 Cup
Coconut milk2 tbsp
SaltAs needed
Cumin powder1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1 tsp
chilli powder2 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped2 stalks

  • Heat oil in a cooker. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add cumin seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.
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  • Add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add mung dal | pasi paruppu and fry for a min.
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  • Add banana flower | vazhaipoo and fry for 2 mins. Add coconut milk and enough water for moong dal and banana flower to cook.
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  • Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
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  •  Garnish with coriander leaves.
Adjust chilli powder to your taste.
Mung dal can be replaced with toor dal (thuvaram paruppu) and Chana dal ( Kadala paruppu). soak toor dal for 30 mins and chana dal for 1 hour before cooking.


  1. Very healthy kootu.love to have it anytime.

  2. One of my fav veggie.. Never knew u cud make kootu with this.. Tempting :)

  3. I love the banana flowers but its becoming very rare to be found at my place. I still remember those growing up years where banana trees were almost everywhere in the neighborhood. When I get my hands on the banana flower, its a must try for a wonderful kootu like you have shared.

  4. wow hootu with banana flower looks so yummy and delicious :) lovely preparation dear !!

  5. Wow, never knew that we can make a dish out of banana flower too!! Thanks for sharing..

  6. Lovely,I used to run away from this years before,butnow it is one of those comfort foods :)

  7. My all time favorite kootu dear, I really envy you, I dont get them here...

  8. never tired this before.. looks delicious.

  9. My favourite kootu, been a while i havent prepared it.

  10. Replies
    1. Yellow mung dal takes less time to cook, so no need to soak it..

  11. Tried this recipe. Came out very well.Thank u. ...

  12. Recipe came out super yummy :)


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