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Sep 8, 2011

Vazhaipoo Masala Rice

             For the first time i tried masala rice with Vazhaipoo.Very rarely i find this healthy Vazhaipoo/Banana blossom and this time i want to make something interesting and tried this rice recipe.I added some cooked tuvar dal also to make it wholesome and tasty.I used the coriander masala which i used for my Carrot rice with coriander masala.The masala rice came out really good and unexpectedly my kids loved this rice and enjoyed it along with chips and curd.This is so easy n simple and suits for perfect lunch box recipe.

  1. Cooked Rice    1 cup
  2. Vazhaipoo   1 and 1/2 cup(cleaned and finely chopped)
  3. Onion    1 medium(sliced)
  4. Tuvar dal    4 tbsp
  5. Coconut    1 tbsp(shredded)
  6. Green chilli    2 no.s(finely chopped)
  7. Ginger    1 tsp(finely chopped)
  8. Lime   1/2 lime
  9. Turmeric powder   a pinch
  10. Salt   to taste
  11. Cilantro     few finely chopped
To Temper
  1. Oil    1tbsp
  2. Mustard  seeds    1/2 tsp
  3. Chana dal     1 tbsp
  4. Urad dal      1 and 1/2 tbsp
  5. Dry red chilli     2 no.s(broken)
  6. Curry leaves    few
To roast and Grind
  1. Cumin seeds    1 tsp
  2. Coriander seeds    2-3 tsp

  • First clean(remove the stamen n bract from each flower) the banana blossom and then finely chop them n soak it in thin buttermilk until use.
  • Dry roast the cumin seeds and coriander seeds lighlty and grind it to a little coarse powder and keep aside.
  • Cook tuvar dal with a pich of turmeric and 1 cup of water..cook till soft but not mushy and keep aside.
  • Now cook vazhaipoo with a pinch of turmeric and very little water..cook covered for 10 minutes and then keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the tempering ingredients and fry them lightly and then add green chillies,curry leaves and onions and saute for a minute.
  • Then add finely chopped ginger and saute till raw smell leaves.
  • After that add cooked Tuvar dal and stir for a minute and then add shredded coconut and vazhaipoo mix everything gently and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add the coriander cumin masala powder and saute for 1-2 minutes and add cooked rice and enough salt.
  • Mix everything gently and fry the rice nicely so that all the rice gets completely blended with all the other ingredients and add the lime juice and stir well.
  • Lastly add finely chopped cilantro and turn off the stove.
  • Thats it...Vazhaipoo Masala rice is ready.Serve Hot of pack to your lunch box along with Potato Fry / Vazhaikkai Fry or any desired veg fry.

Instead of Cooked Tuvar dal,Cooked Yellow moongdal can also be used.
If you you can increase the amount of shredded coconut also
Adding lime juice is optional..can try without lime juice also but it gives nice flavor n taste :)


  1. Very healthy one pot meal.Too good pics..

  2. Yummy vazhapoo rice,lovely innovative idea and lovely clicks too!!

  3. wonderful rice dear, loved it..the pics are great and good u are getting vazhapoo nice.. i havent seen in grocery stores here..

  4. wow healthy rice sangee,love the addition of dal...sure it taste yummy...

  5. Very innovative and healthy one. Looks so colorful and delicious.

  6. This is totally new to me...looks very healthy n yummy...sure to try this

  7. wow so so good.. hv to def try this..

  8. Never heared abt this rice.Nice one pot meal.Will try and let u know.

  9. Aromatic & inviting rice!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. Sangee kalakuringa ponga; creative'na neeghathan ponga..Rice looks super delicious..

  11. Nice recipe..i have never used banana flowers before...Will be trying this recipe soon...

  12. creative and interesting.. u can make innovative rice recipe with anything.. superb.. nice clicks..

  13. That's a very innovative and interesting recipe...liked your clicks

  14. Very healthy one pot meal..lovely masala rice..

  15. Love this innovative healthy recipe!!! Absolutely love this.


  16. Loved your clicks, beautiful work. Interesting recipe as well, a must try one..

  17. wat is Vazhaipoo??can u explain...n rice looks so beautiful......

    1. U don't know Vazhipoo?? its banana blossom-check out the link..


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