Thursday, February 17, 2011

Banana blossom Cutlet / வாழைப்பூ கட்லெட்

Banana Flower (Vazhai Poo in Tamil), which may also be called banana blossom,
is used as a food itemVazhai Poo vadai,Vazhai Poo poriyal in India, especially in South India. It has lot of medicinal values.
It is considered as a blood purifying item and it is effective in curing menstrual disorders
It also increases hemoglobin cell levels in the blood.
Due to time consuming job involved in cooking this flower, most people do not cook it often.
Today i am making Vazhai PooCutlet

Banana flower -1 small
Potato- 2 medium sized
Green chilly 3, finelychopped
Onion 1/4 cup,finelychopped
Ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds -1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Bread crumbs 2 cups ( toast 4 slices of bread and powder it)
Egg 1
Oil- as needed


    • Boil the potatoes with little salt in it.Then remove the skin of potato and mash it well . Keep it aside.
    • In a bowl, slightly beat an egg and keep it aside.
    • Clean banana flower/Vazhapoo and chop finely the edible,soft inner part.
    • Wash the chopped banana flower thoroughly and add 2 tbsp of oil and a pinch of turmeric powder to it.
    • Mix it good.Adding oil will remove all the stickiness and turmeric powder will prevent the discoloration.
    • Now in a medium heat pan, add a tbsp of oil and saute onions and green chilly.
    • Next add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
    • Then add the banana flower.Add needed salt and cook it in low flame.
    • Next add turmeric powder, red chilly powder,coriander powder and garam masala powder.
    • Saute till the raw smell of masala goes.
    • Next add the mashed potatoes.
    • Check the seasoning and mix it good.
    • Transfer this to a plate and then add 3 tbsp of bread crumbs to it and mix it good.(if needed )
    • Adding bread crumbs to the potato mixture will help removing any moisture present in it.
    • Make small patties with desired shape(round,oval or heart shape) using the potato mixture.
    • Dip the patties in egg(maida mixture) and then in bread crumbs.
    • Then either deep fry it or shallow fry it in a pan with needed oil.
    • Once it is slightly golden brown through out,transfer it to a plate.our tasty and healthy vazhaipoo cutlet is ready
    • Serve with tomato ketchup.

    Note: Maida Mixtureis nothing but Mixture of maida and water(this is for veges)


    1. Healthy and yummy cutlet,very innovative dear..

    2. Looking really good...going to try this out today!! And I prefer shallow fry method.