Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usli

Well this flower cum vegetable preperation is a little messy and should be made only when one has some time on hands. Vazhaipoo (Plaintain flower) is nothing but the flower from which we go on to get bananas…This is my entry for JFI-Banana


The flower will be in between layers of red skin… The important thing while making any vazhaipoo preperation is that the flowers should all be removed from in between the layers and the stamen (refered to as ‘kalan’ in Tamil) has to be removed from each and everv poo (flower). This is the most time consuming part of the whole preperation… Now lets look at the ingredients and the method to make Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usli…



Vazhaipoo : 1 nos
Buttermilk for soaking the vazhaipoo: 2-3 cups
Tuvaram Parappu (Toor Dal) : 1 cup
Red Chillies: according to taste
Salt: according to taste
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
Curry leaves for garnish
Mustard seeds: 2 tsp


1. Remove the flowers from in between the red layers and remove the stamen from all flowers. (A key while removing the stamen is to use gingely oil (nala ennai) coating on your hands and then remove the stamen from each flower. The oil coating makes it easy to remove the kalan)


Have taken a picture of a single vazhaipoo, the stamen (Kalan) and the cone shaped vazhaipoo. Once we start removing the red layers of the poo, the inner layers are white in colour…

2. Finely dice all the flowers and soak them in very thin buttermilk for 30-40 minutes.
3. Meanwhile soak the tuvaram parappu in water for 30 minutes and then grind it coarsely with red chillies and some salt…
4. Steam the ground dhaal paste for 10-12 minutes.
5. Remove the steamed dhaal paste from the steamer and let it cool for some time…
6. In a kadal, heat oil and add mustard seeds and let them crackle…
7. Remove the vazhaipoo from the buttermilk and wash it with water and add it to the kadai.
8. Add turmeric powder and required salt (keeping in mind that salt has also been added in the dhaal paste) and cook it till done….
9. Crumble the dhaal paste with hand and set aside.
10. Once the vazhaipoo is cooked, add the crumbled dhaal and mix well…
11. Add a little sugar, mix well and garnish with curry leaves…

~ by priyaskitchen on September 15, 2007.

22 Responses to “Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usli”

  1. Hi Priya,
    Vazhaipoo paruppu usili looks nice.. have made kuzhambu, poriyal with vazhaipoo, but paruppu usili with that is new to me. thanks for the recipe and u have a nice blog.

  2. this is something i need to try! lot of work right! i used to make this long time ago. now seeing this i got to try !

  3. I never get that but looks like a great dish!:))

  4. Hi..Prema, thnaks for visiting my blog…have learnt this from my mother…apart from vazhaipoo we also use beans for usli..
    Roopa..a lil bit of work is involved..but end product is really tasty..
    Asha…you could do the usli with beans too…

  5. Nice recipe..BTW have u sent this recipe for this event.

  6. Vazhaipoo paruppu looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for this great entry for JFI 🙂

  7. Hi…mandira..and timepass(dont know ur name)..thanks for visiting my blog.. 🙂

  8. Wonderful recipe Priya…this would be a fantastic entry to JFI-Banana…we don’t get plantain flowers here 😦

  9. Thanks Keerthi, though i had sent the entry, i forgot to mention it in my blog..have done that now… 🙂

  10. This is such a wonderful dish – if only I had someone to remove the stamen 😀 – I am terribly slow

  11. Just prepared it this afternoon. Thanks for the recipe! My wife liked it as much I enjoyed removing the stamen! 🙂 Vazhaipoo from the backyard as perfect for this!

  12. Lakshmi..stamen removinf\g is the hard part, once you are done with it..the rest is simple…
    Chandra: glad that u liked the preperation… 🙂

  13. Liked the recipe. I will try it this time. It is new to me but wanna give a try.

  14. After preparing as suggested by you, it is good to taste and helath – Jayalakshmi

  15. hi jayalakshmi…sorry for the delayed response and am glad u liked the usli…

  16. HI I tried this It became bitter any suggestiosn why?/


    • hi…did u remove the stems inside the vazhai poo…also u need to soak it in light butter milk after u cut the flower….

  17. Hi Priya, Your recipe was perfect and the usili came out very well. 🙂

  18. This was what I was thinking about when i got the vazahpoo last night – this will be my first time cooking this and I was thinking along the lines of usili -great!

  19. h
    i priya,always it tastes bitter when i make.Any solution?

    • Hei..Indira..two things need to be done..1) remove the stamen from inside all the flowers (a must) and 2)soak the cut flowers in buttermilk…this i think should solve your problem…take care…

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