Banana flower curry (Vazhaipoo Puli Kuzhambu)

Vazhaipoo Kulambu 1

I was excited to try this Vazhaipoo puli kuzhambu. I was even more excited when I tasted it! Yes it tasted good 🙂 . I usually prepare Vazhaipoo poriyal and sometimes vazhaipoo vadai but for a change, tried this curry/kuzhambu and it came out so well. Now there are more options to cook this flower. Banana flower / Vazhaipoo have lots of health benefits especially for ladies. The sour taste is the real punch in this flower. Cleaning this flower is not a big deal when we think about the health benefits. I will do a post soon on ‘how to clean vazhaipoo’ which will help those who hasn’t tried yet.

Banana flower curry (Vazhaipoo Puli Kuzhambu)

  • Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
  • Recipe Category: Lunch
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins + Flower/Poo cleaning & chopping 30 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Banana flower(Vazhaipoo) 15 to 20 medium size florets
Sesame oil (Nallennai) 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Fenugreek seeds ¼ tsp
Green chilli 2 slit
Red chilli 2 broken
Curry leaves 2 sprig
Garlic 10 small cloves
Shallots (Small onion) 15 nos
Tomato 1 big chopped
Salt As needed
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Sambar powder 1 tbsp
Tamarind extract 1 cup thin extract
Water 1 cup (Adjust as needed)
Ghee ½  tbsp
Coconut 3 tbsp
Cashew nut 4


1. Heat Sesame oil (Nallennai) in a pan and season with mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves. Add in shallots and garlic and sauté it till the raw smell goes. Then add tomato, sambar powder/Kuzhambu milagai thool, turmeric powder and salt.

Vazhaipoo Kulambu a

2. Sauté it till the oil separates. Add in the tamarind extract and let it comes to a boil then add the cleaned banana flower florets.

Vazhaipoo Kulambu b

3. Cook covered for 10 mins in medium flame. Meanwhile grind coconut and cashew to a fine paste.

Vazhaipoo Kulambu c

4. Add coconut paste to the boiling curry after keeping the flame in low. Bring it to a single boil and top it with some ghee and serve.

Vazhaipoo Kulambu d

Enjoy it with hot steamed rice and pappad 🙂

Vazhaipoo Kulambu 1


* You can replace sambar powder with coriander powder and red chilli powder.

*Shallots can be replaced with red onions.

*You can prepare it an hour before serving or in the morning itself if you are planning it for lunch, for a better taste.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mom says:

    Vazhaippoo pulikuzhambu different tastepa super……


    1. Thanks a lot mom 🙂


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