Banana Flower Curry – Palya Recipe

banana flower curry- palya is healthy and delicious side dish

Banana Flower Curry - PalyaToday, I want to make a curry from a little known super food, yet very affordable and easily prepared: Banana Flower Curry or Palya. If you had no idea that banana flowers were edible, you are not alone. It has a striking and ornamental look, but is suited more for cooking than decoration. Banana flowers are high in vitamins A and C and also known to provide natural menstrual pain relief. Banana flowers are commonly used as vegetables for cooking in south East Asia, but there is no reason why this wonderful flower cannot be used worldwide given the amazing health benefits.

 

Banana Flower CurryBanana flowers have abundant uses in the kitchen, including curry, chutney and also salads. Banana flowers bloom in all seasons and can be bought at most Asian grocery stores. When you shop for banana flowers, look for the ones that are dark purple with tightly packed outer leaves. It is even better if they are wrapped in plastic. If you don’t plan on using yours right away, be sure to wrap it well with plastic wrap.

Banana Flower Curry

Banana flower curry is prepared with the purple covers that protect the buds and the heart of flower. The buds are rather starchy and do not suit very well for curries. The purple covers (bracts) are separated until all the buds are discarded and the center core is visible. The bracts and the center core can then be finely chopped. Try this recipe and let me know if you discover any visible health benefit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana flower
  • ¼ +2 tbsp cup grated coconut
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-6 red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp grated jaggery
  • 1 tsp black gram
  • 5-6 curry leaves

Banana Flower Curry

Chop the banana flower like I have described above and rinse in cold water. Drain them completely and cook them over medium heat with fenugreek (Methi) seeds and place a cover.   

Banana flower curry

When the banana flower appears half cooked (In about 10 minutes), add tamarind paste, jaggery and salt. Stir them well, place a cover and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.   Meanwhile, blend the grated coconut, red chili and mustard seeds together with 2 tbsp of water and bring to a fine consistency. Add the blended coconut paste to and mix well. Add salt as desired and continue to cook until the coconut paste is all absorbed.  To prepare the seasoning, place a pan over medium heat and add teaspoon of coconut oil. When the oil starts to heat up, add mustard seeds, black gram and chili. As the black gram starts to turn brown, add curry leaves.  Add the seasoning to curry.

Banana Flower Curry – Palya

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 banana flower
  • ¼ +2 tbsp cup grated coconut
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-6 red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp grated jaggery
  • 1 tsp black gram
  • 5-6 curry leaves

Instructions

  1. Chop the banana flower like I have described above and rinse in cold water. See my pictures for reference.
  2. Drain them completely and cook them over medium heat with fenugreek (Methi) seeds and place a cover.
  3. Meanwhile, blend the grated coconut, red chili and mustard seeds together with 2 tbsp of water and bring to a fine consistency.
  4. When the banana flower appears half cooked (In about 10 minutes), add tamarind paste, jaggery and salt. Stir them well, place a cover and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Add the blended coconut paste to and mix well. Add salt as desired and continue to cook until the coconut paste is all absorbed.
  6. To prepare the seasoning, place a pan over medium heat and add teaspoon of coconut oil. When the oil starts to heat up, add mustard seeds, black gram and chili. As the black gram starts to turn brown, add curry leaves.
  7. Add the seasoning to curry.
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11 thoughts on “Banana Flower Curry – Palya Recipe

  1. Hello Uma ,
    Thank you for this recipe. Always wanted to make it .Can you please clarify how you sort out the Flower petals? Do you remove the heads of each petal or do you simply remove it from the layers and chop them finely?

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