Vazhapoo (Banana Flower)
- Banana flower (1 flower serves 1 person – a very hungry person)
- Chickpeas – 50 gms
- Black Gram – 50 gms
- Red chillies
- Curry leaves
What is casually called the banana flower is actually just a collection of about a hundred little flowers, or florets, and is technically an inflorescence.
The red layers that cover the florets are bracts, and are not edible.
For each bract that you peel off, there will be a bunch of white florets that you need to pull out and collect. These are the edible parts of the flower.
Each floret has a stigma, an ovary covered by a thin, white part and several stamens. The stigma and the white covering of the ovary are both bitter in taste, and are generally removed before cooking.
- Wash, chop, and then boil in salt water. Filter it out and keep ready.
- Start to fry chickpeas and black gram in a separate pan.
- After a couple of minutes, add Red Chillies, Curry leaves, and Onions in preferred quantities.
- Stir for a few minutes before adding the flower parts and mixing.
- Serve with grated coconut and coriander added at the end, along with salt, if necessary.