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Banana Flower Stir-Fry (Bale Hoovu Palya) Recipe

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Banana flower stir-fry (bale hoovu palya)

Banana flower stir-fry (bale hoovu palya)

A Humble Flower With Multiple Health Benefits

Though cooking with banana flowers is quick and easy, people rarely do so. Perhaps they should consider doing so more often, though, because banana flowers are a storehouse of nutrients.

The banana flower is thought to help fight infection, support menstrual wellness, and promote kidney function.

Banana flower stir-fry (bale hoovu palya) is a great dish you can make with banana flowers. It is easy to make and has a lovely flavor, which makes it a favorite for many. Serve it with cooked rice and enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups banana flowers (blossoms), outer 3-4 petals removed and the remaining portion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil, any type (I used coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 3 broken dry red chilies, byadigi chili or less spicy chilies
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery, powdered
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons mustard seeds (divided)
  • a few curry leaves, for the tempering

Instructions

  1. Remove the 3-4 outer petals of each banana flower and discard. Finely chop the remaining portion.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil (make sure there is enough water to immerse the chopped flowers). Add the chopped flowers, 1 teaspoon salt, and turmeric powder. Continue to boil it for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat. Strain it and set aside.
  4. Making the spice mixture: Add grated coconut, 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, and broken dry red chilies to a mixer jar. Grind without adding water. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds. Allow them to crackle. Throw in curry leaves and mix well.
  6. Add cooked banana flowers, jaggery powder, tamarind paste, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Saute it over low heat until the water evaporates from it completely.
  7. Add ground spice mixture and mix. Simmer for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
  8. Serve with cooked rice and enjoy.

Photo Tutorial

Banana flower

Banana flower

Step one: Remove a few outer petals and discard them. Finely chop the remaining portion of the flower.

Step one: Remove a few outer petals and discard them. Finely chop the remaining portion of the flower.

Step two: Bring a pot of water to a boil (make sure there is enough water to immerse the chopped blossoms). Add the chopped flower, 1 teaspoon salt, and turmeric powder. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.

Step two: Bring a pot of water to a boil (make sure there is enough water to immerse the chopped blossoms). Add the chopped flower, 1 teaspoon salt, and turmeric powder. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.

Strain it

Strain it

Step three: Grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and broken dry red chilies without adding water. Set aside.

Step three: Grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, and broken dry red chilies without adding water. Set aside.

Step four: Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Allow it to crackle. Add curry leaves and mix well.

Step four: Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Throw in mustard seeds. Allow it to crackle. Add curry leaves and mix well.

Add cooked banana flowers, tamarind paste, jaggery powder, and the remaining salt.

Add cooked banana flowers, tamarind paste, jaggery powder, and the remaining salt.

Saute the mixture until the water evaporates from it.

Saute the mixture until the water evaporates from it.

Step five: Add the ground spice mixture and mix.

Step five: Add the ground spice mixture and mix.

Simmer for a minute. Turn off the heat.

Simmer for a minute. Turn off the heat.

Your favorite banana flower stir-fry (bale hoovu palya) is ready! Serve it with cooked rice and enjoy.

Your favorite banana flower stir-fry (bale hoovu palya) is ready! Serve it with cooked rice and enjoy.