BANANA FLOWER PICKLE

Ingredients:

Banana flower (thaen vazhai variety) three cups
Gingelly oil one cup
Mustard seeds one spoon
Urad dal one spoon skinless
Turmeric powder one spoon
Fenugreek powder half spoon
Asafoetida one pinch
Red chilly powder one spoon
Salt to taste
Jaggery gooseberry size one
Tamarind one gooseberry size
   
Procedure:

Remove the female part and transparent petiole from each flower,
Do the same for remaining flowers.
Pack tightly in a cup/
Measure the flowers for three cups.
Blend the three cups of flowers and tamarind with a small quantity of water into a coarse paste.
Heat the frying pan with gingelly oil over a medium flame
Add Mustard seeds to pop up.
Once it starts to crackle, switch off the flame.
Now add Chilly powder, Turmeric powder. Asafoetida, Fenugreek powder.
Stir well so as to all the ingredients to combine together in the hot oil.
Then transfer the banana flower paste into it.
Mix well. Add jaggery and salt.
Add half a cup of water to cook the flower content.
Switch on the flame.
Allow boiling for next three minutes/ 
Add Half a cup of sesame oil to the boiling contents.
Once the oil separates from the paste, Switch off the flame.
Set aside to cool.
Transfer the pickle into a dry glass jar.

Try this pickle with idlies, dosais, oothappams and hot steamed rice. Simply yum!
This is one of the super foods in your diet.



You Know the immense nutritional and medicinal qualities of a banana blossom?

Yes.. You have to know!

Banana flowers,  cooked cure the infection.
Overcoming diabetes and anemia.
Improves lactation
Reduce free radical activity
Resolves menstrual problems and weight loss.
Rich source of vitamin and minerals
Boost mood and reduce anxiety.
It contains anti-aging  quality/
Banana flower is the heart of the tree. They are loaded with fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, copper, phosphorous, iron magnesium and vitamin E. These pretty flowers have antioxidants that battle the free radicals. They are light and soothe our digestive system and fight against abdominal pain and bloating and ulcers due to acidity.


Step by step images of the making of banana flower pickle:





















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