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Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usilli with more kuzhambu
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Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usilli | Banana Flower Paruppu Usili

A delicious side dish made with lentils and banana flower.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Soaking time2 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people


  • Banana flower – 1 medium petals removed, cleaned and chopped – Look for the pictorial above
  • Tuvaram paruppu / Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Kadalai paruppu / Channa dal – ½ cup
  • Payatham paruppu / Moong dal – 2 tbsp
  • Red chilies – 4
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

To season –

  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Kadalai paruppu/channa dal/split Bengal gram dal – 2 tsp
  • Red chilies – 2
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Oil – 2 tbsp


  • Clean and chop the banana flower as described above in the introduction. Refer to the pictorial to help you. Immerse the chopped banana flowers in diluted buttermilk to prevent oxidization.
  • Soak the lentil for about an hour to two.
  • Drain the lentils well and then grind it into a coarse paste with salt, red chilies and asafetida.
  • Drain and wash the banana flower to remove the residual buttermilk and then squeeze them dry. Add the banana flower to the lentil mixture and mix it well to combine.
  • Transfer this mixture into a greased steamer plate or in idli plates and steam it for about 10 -12 mins until the mixture appears cooked and glossy. When you touch the steamed mixture it will appear hard and it should not stick to your fingers.
  • Remove and let it cool down enough to handle. Now either with your hands or using a blender make a crumble of the lentil mixture. Most of the time I just do it using my hands as it is one less thing to wash.
  • Heat a wide pan and add oil to it. Add all the ingredients listed under seasoning and fry it for a minute.
  • Now add the steamed and crumbled lentil mixture and give it a good mix. Let it further cook for about 5 minutes so all the flavors could come together.
  • I served vazhaipoo paruppu usilli with White pumpkin more kuzhambu and rice!