How to Clean Vazhaipoo |Banana flower

Cleaning Vazhaipoo will take more time but its worth doing it because of its benefits :).Detailed step by step method is described below on how to Clean Vazhaipoo and discard the black portion which looks like the stigma and white skin .

Banana flower is rich in fiber and very healthy to include in your diet especially for the women.Many people dont like to  eat it because of its bitterness including me 😉 😉 . But no worries ………..I will show you how to eat it in healthier fashion and make it tasty too :D.During my childhood i had observed my mom cleaning vazhaipoo and as it takes lot of time to Clean Vazhaipoo she used to sit before T.V and spread newspaper in the table and then apply oil all over her palm and then Clean vazhaipoo. You can use vazhaipoo to prepare vazhaipoo vadai,vazhaipoo poriyal,vazhaipoo kootu.

How to choose good Banana Flower?

The color of the banana flower must be reddish then it indicates fresh banana flower.If the color of the banana flower is black then it is old one and it tastes more bitter.You can also peel the skin and check out the color of the flower if its cream in color then it is fresh and if its dark brown or black then it is very old Vazhaipoo.


  • Apply Oil all over the palm so that while cleaning Vazhaipoo stickiness of the banana flower does not stick to the fingers.
  • Remove the outer part of the Vazhaipoo skin which is reddish in color.
  • Now remove the banana flower and hold it in one hand and use other hand to shake the upper part of the flower so that black portion which looks like the stigma and white skin can be easily peeled off as shown in pic.

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  • Remove the black portion and white skin from flower which is not edible.My granny used to say if you consume the black portion we may get stomach ache.
  • After the removal of non edible part(black portion shaped like stigma and white skin) chop the flower into small pieces and add in water.

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  • Continue this process until you see the pure white flower which is small in size where it would be difficult to remove the non edible part (black portion shaped like stigma and white skin) so chop into small pieces and add in water.

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  • After peeling most of the petals you will see pure white bud shaped.Cut the edges and consume it raw.My mom always eats this bud raw as it is very good for health.

Clean Vazhaipoo

This is how it looks into the bud……sooooo pretty! 😉

Tiny banana flower


  • Apply Oil all over the palm so that while cleaning Vazhaipoo stickiness of the banana flower does not stick to the fingers.
  • My granny used to say if you consume the cooked vazhaipoo with curd it reduces the pain during menstural cycle so mostly i prepare vazhaipoo poriyal and mix it with curd and consume it.At first i thought it would be difficult to eat but after consuming my thought was really wrong becoz curd  decreased the bitter flavor of the vazhaipoo and it was tasty to eat it too.And later on i included this to my lunch box without including any rice or roti as my tummy was full with this vazhaipoo poriyal + curd + apple :D.You can check this link on how to prepare Vazhaipoo poriyal.

Vazhaipoo poriyal and curd

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