Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vazha Koombu Chemmeen Thoran/Banana Flower-Prawns StirFry

I know my previous post was also a Thoran/Stir fry,but I wanted to post this one earlier but somehow I completely missed it.This thoran is made with the the banana blossom,it's called as the ''Heart of a Banana tree''.In Kerala mostly all the houses have a Banana tree.Even in my house back home there are a few Banana trees,the ones with those small Bananas mainly.The whole gardening credit goes to my Umma who has a real passion for it.But now a days she can't take much effort into this passion (health wise).

In India once in a while we make this stir fry.It has great nutritional value and also rich in fibre.Umma tries this with different combinations mostly with lentils,but once she prepared this adding a few Prawns and it tasted real good.For Vegetarians you can omit adding Prawns.Now on to the recipe:
Initial  Preparation
-Oil your palms and fingers before handling with Vazha koomb,to prevent from sticking and the stains formed on touching.
-Remove the dark colored outer cover(bracts) one by one till you reach the pale colored edible part.Cut the thick stem under the flower. Now wash the flower and then you can either chop or grate it.
-Immerse the finely chopped Flower in a bowl of water till use to prevent further discoloration.
-Clean the prawns and chop each into halves.
Vazha koomb/Banana Blossom  finely chopped 11/2 -2 cups
Prawns medium size       1/2 cup
Onion     1 finely chopped 
Oil       2 tbsp
Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
Coconut grated  1/4 cup
Green chilly    2
Garlic pod   1
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt    as needed
-Course grind the coconut along with green chillies and garlic and keep this aside.
-Heat oil in a wok and splutter the mustard seeds,then add the chopped onion and saute for half a minute.
-Now add in the chopped flower(squeezed),turmeric powder and 2 spoons of water saute well.After a minute add in the prawns and mix well.Cover and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
-Open the lid add salt and the ground coconut mixture and mix well.Wait till the water is completely dried and everything is cooked well.Switch off the flame.Serve this as a side dish with rice and curry.


  1. Cleaning it can be a chore, but I love banana flower as a thoran. Nice and inviting my hunger right now.

  2. its new to me ..never tried this combo...yummy

  3. that is our family favorite...Its been some time now that we had it and you are tempting me

  4. This stir-fry looks absolutely delicious. Lovely share.


  5. I have never tried this one as I am not sure about which part of the flower is bitter and has to be discarded.

  6. I love vaazhakkoombu, but only can't handle the cleaning... maybe when umma comes, I will buy one and we both will sit and clean, and make some hehe... You are tempting me with this...


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