Saiva Meen Kuzhambu Recipe / Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu
Recipe type: kuzhambu recipe
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5
Saiva Meen Kuzhambu Recipe / Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu is a south Indian style curry prepared from banana flower. Try it with hot steamed white rice and kootu.
  • 1 Vazhaipoo / Banana Flower (Big)
  • To saute and grind
  • 2 Tsp of Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin
  • 1 Tsp of Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Handful of Small Onions (20nos)
  • 15 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Tomato, Small
  • 3 Tsp of Sambar Powder
  • ¼ Cup of Coconut Pieces
  • To Temper
  • 2 Tsp of Gingelly Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp of Urad Dal
  • 1 Red Chilly
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Other Ingredients
  • Oil to deep fry the banana flower florets
  • Lemon Size Tamarind
  • Salt and water as needed
  1. How to clean banana flower
  2. Wash the whole banana flower. Grease your hands with coconut oil to prevent the stains.
  3. Spread a newspaper and keep the flower.
  4. Peel the outer purple cover of banana flower and now it turns to white.
  5. Now open the florets one by one or as clusters by rubbing the tip gently. Just pull out the stigma from the center and the white plastic sheath.
  6. After you peel off the whole blossom, you can find the tender blossom at the end. You can eat it raw as such, they are good for uterus.
  7. Vazhaipoo florets are ready to use.
  8. Heat a pan with oil and deep fry the vazhaipoo florets and keep it aside.
  9. To Prepare curry (kuzhambu)
  10. Heat a pan with oil, when it is hot add cumin, fennel seeds, small onions, garlic saute it well till it turns golden brown.
  11. Add tomato, sambhar powder, salt and coconut, fry this for few mins. Cool this mixture and grind it to a smooth paste.
  12. Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, asafoetida and red chilly after it pops up. Add ground paste, salt and tamarind water cook it until it turns thick and raw smell goes off.. Finally add fried vazhaipoo florets to it, simmer it and cook for 10-15 mins.
  13. Vazhaipoo kuzhambu is ready to serve.
I used very small tomato. If you are using big tomato, just add 1 tomato. Otherwise it turns tangy.
If you want little more spicy curry, add extra tsp of sambhar powder.
Banana flower are very good for both men and women health.
Recipe by FoodyBuddy at