Banana Blossom Palya

(Banana Blossom Stir Fry)

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves: 3-4
Recipe Source: Great Grandmother

1 Banana Blossom
1 small Onion, finely chopped
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
1-2 cups Sour Buttermilk or ¾ cup sour Yogurt mixed in a cup of cold water
2-3 Green Chillies, slit (Adjust acc to taste)
1 tsp Tamarind Paste
1 tsp Jaggery/Brown Sugar
¼ cup grated Coconut, fresh/frozen
Salt to taste

For Tadka/Tempering:
1 tbsp Oil, preferably Coconut Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tbsp Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram
½ tbsp Urad Dal/Split Black lentils
1-2 Dry Red Chilli, halved
A Pinch of Hing/Asafoetida
Few Curry Leaves
Apply a tbsp of coconut oil to your palm and rub well. Applying oil to your palms help in preventing the sticky sap oozing from banana blossom sticking to your hand which leaves nasty black colour for few days. Remove the outer tougher covering and discard, till you see the creamy part which is called as Banana Blossom Heart. Don’t discard the florets. The mature florets will have black stigma and transparent covering which needs to be taken out before chopping. No need to remove the stigma and transparent covering on the tender ones. Now chop this banana heart and florets into very fine pieces. Place these chopped pieces in a bowl containing sour buttermilk till required. This helps in preventing discolouration.
Heat oil in a pan/wok and add mustard seeds to it. When mustard starts to pop and splutter, add channa dal, urad dal and halved red chillies. Sauté till dals turn golden brown. Now add hing and curry leaves and mix well.
Mix in finely chopped onion and sauté on a medium flame till they turn light golden brown, about 2 mins. Add slit green chillies and turmeric and mix well.
Drain butter milk completely and add these chopped banana blossom to the pan. Add tamarind paste and jaggery and mix well. Stir fry continuously for another 7-10 minutes at medium flame till banana blossom is cooked well.
Mix in salt to taste and grated coconut and cook for another 3-5 mins. Serve this delightful stir fry hot with rosematta rice, rasam and ghee and enjoy.