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VazhaChundu(Banana Flower) Cutlet

Posted by Annita on September 25, 2006

Banana trees plays a vital role in Kerala Cuisine,every single part of the tree is useful in one way or other.As everyone knows,leaves of banana tree is used for serving meals and also to prepare some traditional dishes like Ada,Meen Pollichathu etc,its stem (called ‘Vazha Pindi’ at our place) ,flower and fruit are used in many other deliccacies.

Banana Blossom
Vazha Chundu/Banana Blossom

The banana flower,or Banana blossom(We call it ‘Vazha Chundu’,it is also called ‘kodappan’ or’Vazha Poo’ in other parts of Kerala.Are there any more slangs for this?) is grown on the end of the stem which holds the banana clusters.It has a deep purple color and many layers of tightly packed leaves.You have to discard the outer leaves(may be 3 or 4),until the inner pale colored leaves can be seen.Outer dark colored leaves can be very bitter,and cannot be used for cooking.But its a nice idea to use it as a decorative serving bowl,pickles or salads can be served in it.The banana flower is a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A and it contains fair amounts of calcium and iron too.

Eventhough the vegetable is blessed with many nutrients,the flavor is a little starchy and bitter,but when cooked thoroughly and with the right ingredients,it can be turned into many tasty dishes.This cutlet is one such dish,very easy to make and very healthy too.

VazhaChundu Cutlet
Vazha Chundu Cutlet served with Onion Salad

Ok,now here comes the recipe..


Grated Banana flower – 1 medium sized
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Chopped Onions – 1/2 cup
Green chillies sliced – 7-8
Chopped Ginger – 1 tsp
Chopped Coriander leaves – 2 tsp
Boiled Potato – 2
Boiled Carrot – 1
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Egg – 2
Bread Crumbs – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Oil – to deep fry + 2 tsp


Cook grated banana flower until soft, adding little water,turmeric powder and salt.

Cooking Banana Flower
Cooking grated banana flower

Seperate egg whites and yolks.Peel off the skin of potato and mash it well with hands and keep it aside.Similarly peel off the carrot skin ,mash it and reserve.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds into it.Allow it to splutter and add urad dal into it.Fry it for a while.Now add onions,green chillies and ginger one by one and saute until onions turn translucent.Stir in mashed potato and cooked banana flower into it.Now add mashed carrot and salt and mix it all together.You can also add the seperated egg yolk into the cutlet mixture if you wish.Simmer until the mixture is thick and dry.Add chopped coriander leaves,simmer for 2 more minutes,stirring continuosly and remove from heat.

When the mixture is cooled,make it into equal sized balls.Flat each ball into any desired shape , dip it in egg white and coat with bread crumbs.Deep fry or shallow fry the cutlets and serve with ketchup or onion salad.

Instead of egg,you can also use maida flour mix with some water to make it a smooth paste.

VazhaChundu Cutlet
Deep fried Cutlets

See my another version of broiled cutlet for healthy eating.Here I haven’t used bread crumbs or eggs,I just made lemon sized balls with the prepared mixture and flattened it with my hand.Then I’ve arranged them neatly in a pan,applied a little oil on them using cooking spray.I broiled them for 5 minutes and then I turned them upside down,sprayed oil again and broiled them for 5 more minutes or until well browned.

Broiled Cutlet
Broiled Cutlets

Another one with the same cutlet mixture.No bread crumbs or eggs here too,take a lemon size ball,flatten it with your hand and elongate it.Shallow fry it in a pan.Arrange it on a burger bun ,with lettuce,lightly sauteed onion,lightly sauteed green capsicum,tomato slices and grated cheese.You can create your own burgers,with your choice of veggies and dressings along with this healthy Banana flower cutlet.

Burger made with VazhaChundu Cutlet
Vazha Chundu Burger

19 Responses to “VazhaChundu(Banana Flower) Cutlet”

  1. Bindu said

    looks so yummy annita…ividey americayil vazha chundu kittumo? nyan ithu varey kandittilla. but thankyou for the recipe..would love to try it sometime. how do you come up with such great recipes btw? amazing…

    We have a big International market nearby.They provide almost every kind of vegetable.
    Thanks again Bindu.Which is your home town in Kerala?

    • AnnGee said

      The recipe looks great but HOW do you eat the banana flower? What part are you suppose to eat or blend? Am I to eat the petals (the outer covering) or is it the things inside that looks bean sprouts.

  2. shaheen said

    came across raw banana cutlets somewhere and now ur banana flower cutlet.nice ideas, annita. u could try baking after adding the bread crumbs. that comes out foolproof.

    Thanks Shaheen,will definitely try that next time.I was lazy to do that this time..:))

  3. As Bindu says, I am also wondering from where Annita got the banana flowers. It has been years since I had anything related to banana flower. The dish looks unique and homely. I guess I have to agree (albeit reluctantly) with the south indian cook book author, Maya Kaimal that our dishes are mostly rustic and not so sophisticated as the Mughal cuisine.

    I got it from an International market,Rajalakshmy.We get almost all veggies over there.Isn’t it nice?
    And thanks again.

  4. Rg said

    I saw vazha-poo, few months back, in an international store. I wanted to buy it but didn’t know what to discard etc, and also didn’t remember the thoran recipe my mom used to make. I was lazy to ask her too so I didn’t buy it but now that I’ve a recipe, will try to get it and try out this recipe. My picky toddler might eat it as a cutlet rather than as thoran, so I’ll sure give it a try. thanks Annita.

    You’ll surely love this cutlet Rg,You wont even recognise that its a Vazha poo..

  5. Jyothsna said

    Simply super Annita! I’ve always wondered what to do with banana flower- we get it easily in Dubai. Thoran is boring… but cutlets are great!

    I love Thoran too,but my husband doesn’t like it at all.But if its a cutlet,I can make my toddler also eat it..

  6. prema said

    Hi Annita,
    cultlets look great. Vaazhai poo is very nutritious. I have had vvazhaipoo vadai and I make vazhai poo kuzhambu at home.. This cutlet of yours sounds interesting. Thanks

    Thanks Prema

  7. Bindu said

    my Home town in kerala is Thrissur Annita.

    I’m from Ernakulam..:)

  8. InjiPennu said

    Always wanted to make this cutlet. Didnt have the recipe..Thanks a bunch!

    Thanks Inji.

  9. Mary said

    Hall Annita
    Pleased to see the recipe. I am planning to try it as soon as I can get my hands on a banana flower. I am used to the flower & vazha pindi thoran.
    Take care

    Thanks for dropping by Mary.Do try it out and lemme know about it.

  10. Ann said


    All of your recipes are great and have
    tried few of ’em. Very lovely & tasty too..
    Cutlet w/banana flower is simply great.
    BTW, am also from EKM. Kaloor.

    Keep up the good work !! Ann

  11. Jyothsna said

    Hi Annita,
    I tried this recipe yestersay but with my own variation….. to the cooked banana flower i added mashed potato, carrot, ginger-galic paste, green chillies, coriander, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and bread crumbs,rolled into cutlets and shallow fried them….They were simply amazing! My hubby loved it ( i didnt tell him it ws vazhapoovu or he wouldn’t have touched it!) Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Anbarassan said

    We manufacture banana flower pickle commercially with the technical support of National Research Centre Banana, Trichy,TN.
    The response form the consumer is good. Is there any other commercial product possible with banana flower?

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  14. rose said

    hai Anitha,

    your recipe is good..i tried it yesterday…but i am disappointed that my cutlets had broken…And the oil was in a condition of gravy..:(..what should i do for better binding..


  15. Nandana said

    Grate recipy. I tried. Did succesfully. Very teast. Thank you very much.

  16. Jesna Ajith said

    Hi Anitta,

    It is an excellent recipe.. i tried it yesterday and it turned out very well. thnx for this wonderful recipe.


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