When it comes to cooking, my skills don't match the owner of this website. However, after careful consultation with my mother, who is a renowned cook, I have penned down this recipe and tried it myself to find out that the dish definitely needs some high recognition. Most of the time, when I buy Vazhakoombu/Banana flowers, I throw away the flower part and cook the other. But, I realised the flowers are great for making desi style pakoras.
Some of the health benefits of banana flowers are:
Wards Off Infections
Reduces Free Radical Activity
Reduces Menstrual Bleeding
Manages Diabetes And Anemia
Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals
Boosts Mood And Reduces Anxiety
Helps Nursing Mothers
Below is my quirky glutenfree-vegan evening snack or starter idea using Banana flowers. Hope you like it as much as I did.
Ingredients 20-25 Plantain flowers /Banana flowers 1/2-3/4 cup Chickpea flour/ Besan 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder 1 pinch asafoetida water (for the batter) salt to taste
Oil to deep fry Remove the flowers out of the violet portion and soak it in the water.
Remove the covering and stem like parts from the flower to avoid bitterness. Mix the chickpea flour, salt, asafoetida and red chili power with sufficient water make the batter Heat up the oil in a wok. Dip each flower into the chickpea batter and gently put it into the oil. Cook until it turns slightly brown. Drain and serve hot.
Rukku Sumayya- I am just another random girl from Kerala (India) living in Dubai. People say I am a bit crack, but let me tell you I am the sanest person in the whole world. I enjoy traveling, eating and sleeping. I am a foodie who eats little; which pretty much explains my skinny body (or probably because I am losing calories by talking too much). I work as a full-time Content Writer in the UAE.