Crispy, crunchy and delicious flavored Banana Flower Cutlet is irresistible and tempting. Kerala is a land of plantains and banana flowers are in plenty. This is a very nutritious and tasty dish that goes well with hot rice. Banana Flower Cutlet is unique and interesting with chopped banana flower or vazhakoombu blended with mashed potato and spicy ingredients. Banana flower is very nutritious and healthy, rich in vital nutrients required for body. Kids who do not consume banana flower will find the cutlets quite interesting. This is an apt dish for the health conscious. Vazhachundu Cutlet is one of the easiest dishes that can be prepared in a jiffy when time is short. You can explore a well detailed Vazhachundu Cutlet here.
For preparing Banana Flower Cutlet, first remove some of the outer hard purple petals of banana flower till you see the soft petals and flowers. Then finely chop it and rub it with hand by adding little oil (1 or 2 teaspoon) to remove the stain threads in it. Heat little oil in a pan and cook chopped banana flower for 5 minutes by adding little salt, turmeric powder and pepper powder. Remove from fire and keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan.
Saute crushed ginger-garlic till it becomes soft. Now add chopped onion, green chillies and curry leaves and saute well by adding salt. When it becomes soft, add chilli powder and mix well.
Now add cooked vazhakkoombu and mix well.
Add garam masala, chopped coriander leaves and remove from fire and allow it to cool.
Cook the potato, peel the skin and mash it.
Add the mashed potato to the vazhakkoombu mixture and mix it well.
:- You can make the cutlet more tastier by adding little bread crumbs while mixing.
Mix maida with little salt and add water to make a thin batter.
Make balls out of the cutlet mix and shape it into oval shaped cutlets.
Dip the cutlets in maida batter(make sure that the batter is so thin) or beaten egg, coat it with bread crumbs and fry it in oil.
:- Serve Banana Flower Cutlet hot with tomato sauce.
Tips:- You can add boiled moong(Cherupayar) or sprouts / minced chicken or prawns or beef or mutton / scrambled egg / minced soya chunks / crushed paneer / chopped vegetables etc. along with vazhakkoombu to give different version of vazhakkoombu cutlet. This cutlet is very good for kids because its nutrition value is high.