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May 7, 2018

Vazhaipoo Kootu Recipe – Banana Flower Kootu - Plantain Flower Kootu

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Banana flower kootu recipe

 Vazhaipoo kootu / Banana flower kootu/ Plantain flower kootu is my recent try in vazhaipoo recipes. I followed my MIL’s South Indian, Tamil nadu style basic kootu recipe with some modifications and tried it. It came out very well. Its a very simple kootu recipe that can be prepared in a pressure cooker directly. It can be prepared under 15 minutes if you have cleaned banana flower ready in hand. Banana flower, moong dal, sambar powder and coconut are the main ingredients in this recipe. 

I am happy that I got an easy, yummy recipe with banana flower other than my usual vazhaipoo vadai, vazhaipoo poriyal and vazhaipoo dosa.  My MIL makes vazhaipoo/ vazhaithandu mor kootu. Soon I will share that recipe too. Now lets see how to make South Indian, Tamil nadu style Vazhaipoo kootu recipe with step by step pictures.

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Vazhaipoo kootu / Banana flower kootu recipe

Vazhaipoo kootu / Banana flower kootu recipe

Vazhaipoo kootu / Banana flower kootu for rice

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kootu recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Banana flower - 2 cups (Chopped)
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion – 1 no (Finely chopped)


  1. Wash and clean the vazhaipoo florets. Chop into small pieces and immerse in buttermilk.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat coconut oil. Temper it. Saute onions.
  3. Add chopped vazhaipoo, tomato, moong dal, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt.
  4. Grind coconut, rice flour to paste. Add to the kootu.
  5. Add water, pressure cook for one whistle in low flame.
  6. Remove the lid. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt and some water if needed.
  7. Serve with vatha kuzhambu, kara kuzhambu and curd rice.


  • Wash and clean the banana flower florets. Please check this post for how to clean vazhaipoo. Chop the vazhaipoo into small pieces. Keep them immersed in buttermilk till use to prevent blackening.
    Vazhaipoo kootu recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute onions till transparent. Add chopped vazhaipoo, tomato pieces, moong dal and saute for few minutes till vazhaipoo shrinks a bit.
    Vazhaipoo kootu recipe
  • Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt. Mix well. Grind coconut + rice flour to a smooth paste. Add 1 cup of water, coconut paste and mix well. Pressure cook for one whistle in very low flame. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix well and add some water if the kootu is too thick. Suppose if the kootu is watery, boil for some time till thick.
    Vazhaipoo kootu recipe
  • Mix well and serve with vatha kuzhambu rice, kara kuzhambu or curd rice. If you like, you can mix this kootu in plain rice adding ghee.
    Vazhaipoo kootu recipe
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder for spicy taste.
  • To replace sambar powder, use red chilli powder + coriander powder.
  • You can also saute one red chilli while tempering for more spicy taste.
  • Do not reduce the quantity of coconut and tomato because vazhaipoo may taste slightly bitter based on its variety.
  • You can replace moong dal with soaked chana dal or soaked toor dal.
  • To replace tomato, you can add 1/2 tsp of tamarind extract too.
  • You can follow the same recipe and use banana stem/ Vazhaithandu instead of vazhaipoo. 
Easy, healthy Vazhaipoo kootu for rice is ready. I served with Hotel style Kara kuzhambu. It was yum !
 Plantain flower kootu recipe

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