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Boiled Panai/Panang Kizhangu (Sprouts of Asian Palmyra Palm)

Boiled_Panai_Panang_Kizhangu_Sprouts_Asian_Palmyra_Palm_1Panai kizhangu (பனை கிழங்கு in Tamil) or panang kizhangu (பனங்கிழங்கு in Tamil) is nothing but sprouts of palm seeds below the ground. In south India and Sri Lanka, these fibrous and nutritious panang kizhangu are boiled and relished. Most of the youngsters are not aware of this.

The outer skin of panang kizhangu is removed and washed well before boiling it. It gives a nice aroma when it is boiled.

Boiled Panai/Panang Kizhangu (Sprouts of Asian Palmyra Palm) suits as evening snacks or even for breakfast. It is healthy as it is simply boiled.


  • Panam kizhangu – 6 no
  • Turmeric powder – half teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon



  • Remove skin and wash.


  • Trim the edges and pressure cook in salt, turmeric powder added water for 15 minutes minimum.

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  • Remove and allow it to cool till warm.


  • Cut it into pieces (while cutting, the hard center stem and thin layer of skin comes out easily; treat that as waste – second photo shown below).

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  • Serve as it is. Chutney or sauce is not needed.


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  • Priya January 2, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Love this panang kizhangu,but its been a long i had them..

  • எனது சிறு வயதில் பனங்கிழங்கு சாப்பிட்டு இருக்கிறேன். நல்ல பதிவு.

  • Anzz January 15, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Have never tried that yet. Looks interesting. I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway – Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

  • Vidhya November 30, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Hi… Surprised to see a blog post on panankizhangu :) Very Nostalgic…

  • vimal January 26, 2013, 4:10 pm

    weekly we use to eat panan kizhangu … it is coming from ground…
    we use pananm pazham seeds to store under the ground.. for six months .. and aftre six months .. we can see the panan kizhangu in that place …

  • siva March 2, 2014, 10:27 pm

    we planted the seed. Small Leaves started growing. When will the panai kizhangu be ready to be taken and eat.

  • mariappan.m December 12, 2014, 1:33 pm

    very intersting food i like this food

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