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Vazhai Poo/Mocha (Banana Flower/Heart/Blossom) Veggie

Vazhai_Poo_Mocha_Banana_Flower_Heart_Blossom_Veggie_1 We enjoy traditional Bengali dishes in my daughter’s home (her husband is from a traditional Bengal family). Here is Vazhai Poo/Mocha (Banana Flower/Heart/Blossom) Veggie or mocha ghonto that goes well with rice/chapatti.

I normally prepare usili, poriyal with banana flower. But the fine taste of this dish made me to pick the recipe from my daughter and give a trial. It came out very nice and is different from South Indian style of cooking banana flower.

Banana flower/heart/blossom is known as Vazhai Poo in Tamil and as Mocha in Bengali.


  • Banana flower cleaned and chopped – 3 cup
  • Black chick pea soaked – 1 cup
  • Potato cubes – 1 cup
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Coconut coarsely grated – half cupVazhai_Poo_Mocha_Banana_Flower_Heart_Blossom_Veggie_2
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – half teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • To grind – wet
    • Tomato – 1 no
    • Onion – 1 no
    • Garlic cloves – 3 no
    • Ginger – small piece
  • To grind – dry (as spice powder)
    • Cinnamon – 2 inch long piece
    • Cloves – 4 no
    • Green cardamom – 2 no
  • For seasoning
    • Bay leaf – 2 no
    • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon


  • Boil the cleaned and chopped banana flower with half teaspoon turmeric powder and salt; drain and keep.

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  • Boil chick pea with salt, drain and keep; powder the spices given to a coarse powder.

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  • Grind the items given for grinding to a paste; chop green chilli.

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  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning; then add grated coconut and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add ground paste and fry for few minutes.

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  • Now add potato cubes and green chilli; cook till potato cubes are little soft.

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  • Now add salt, turmeric powder, chopped chilli, cumin powder and coriander powder; mix well, add one cup of water and cook till potato is cooked well.

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  • Now add spice powder and mix well; add boiled chick pea, boiled banana flower and sugar.

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  • Mix all and cook for few more minutes.


  • Now Vazhai Poo/Mocha (Banana Flower/Heart/Blossom) Veggie is ready. Serve hot with rice.



{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Priya January 28, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Very new and healthy combo,looks yummmm!

  • Priya Sreeram January 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

    this is somethg totally new ! bookmarked !

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