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Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

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A traditional South Indian side dish recipe served alongside rice, sambar and rasam.
Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian side dish made with banana flower, toor dal and spiced with some red and green chillies.

Commonly used in the Tamil Brahmin households, vazhaipoo (banana flower) has numerous medicinal properties that makes it very healthy.

While it takes some time to prepare this recipe as you need to clean the plantain, it is a wonderful accompaniment to traditional South Indian lunch – rice + sambar + rasam + curd rice

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili
5 from 2 votes

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili Recipe

A traditional South Indian side dish recipe served alongside rice, sambar and rasam.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Keyword: Tamil Brahmin

Ingredients for Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

  • 1 Medium sized Banana Flower
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tsp Butter Milk
  • a pinch Sugar

For the seasoning:

  • 3 to 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 Red Chilli broken into two (optional)
  • 2 sprigs Curry Leaves

Grind to a rough paste:

  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • a small piece Asafoetida
  • as per taste Salt

How to make Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

  • Remove 2-3 layers of the banana flower, break the flowers from the stem and remove the hard pistil.
  • Chop the flowers, sprinkle butter milk and set aside.
  • Add enough water, turmeric powder and salt, cook, sprinkling butter milk till flowers are tender.
  • Heat oil, add seasonings and when dal is golden brown, add curry leaves and the ground paste.
  • Stir fry this for a while till dry.
  • Add cooked flowers, continue to fry till blended, remove from fire.
  • Serve hot as a side dish with rice.


Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
Vaijayanthi Srinivasan is a South Indian by birth who learnt cooking at a very young age. Mother of 3, she takes pride in cooking various South Indian traditional meals for the family to enjoy. She has been cooking for the last 35 years.

1 comment

Prashant Mohan Tripathi September 30, 2020 - 7:07 pm

Excellent, amazing taste


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