Banana flower is astringent and balances Pitta. One of the best ways to use banana flower is to make a Sabji out of it and use as a part of diet.
Banana Flowers – 1
Butter milk – 1 cup
Jack fruit seeds- 8 to 10 (optional)
Salt- 1 teaspoon or as per taste.
Jaggery – 5 grams
Water – 2 cups
For masala –
Red chilli- 3
Mustard seeds- ¼ tea spoon
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Mustard seeds- 1 tea spoon
Urad dal ( black gram) – 2 teaspoon
Red chilli – 2
Vegetable oil (sunflower oil / coconut oil) – 2 tablespoon
Curry leaves- 10 to 15
Method of preparation
Cut the banana flowers into small pieces and soak it in a bowl of water for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, prepare seasoning.
For this, take a frying pan and add 2 tablespoon oil, mustard seeds, black gram and chopped red chilli. Start heating in mild fire.
While heating, when the above ingredients start popping out, add curry leaves.
This is the general method of preparation of seasoning (Oggarane in Kannada).
Immediately after adding curry leaves, add the soaked banana flowers to this seasoning, add the optional crushed Jack fruit seeds, a cup of butter milk, 2 cups of water, jaggery and close the lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
While cooking, separately prepare a masala paste.
Take grated coconut, red chili, mustard seed in a mixer and grind to prepare a coarse paste.
Add this paste and salt to the cooking pan containing banana flower and other ingredients. Continue cooking in closed lid till there is no free water left in the pan.
Your banana flower Sabji is ready to serve.
This carries all the health benefits of banana flower.
Banana flower is attributed with the following qualitie:
Krumihari – useful in intestinal parasites and worms
Shishira – it is a natural coolant,
Kashaya – astringent in taste
Pittapaha – balances Pitta
Ruchya – improves taste, useful in anorexia
shoolashamaka – relieves abdominal pain associated with dyspepsia and bloating.