Banana Flower (Arati Puwu in Telugu),which may also called banana blossom,is used as a food item in India,especially in South India.It has lot of medicinal values.It is considered as a blood purifying item and it is effective in curing menstrual disorders like painful menstruation and excessive bleeding.It also increases hemoglobin cell levels in the blood.
Due to time consuming job involved in cooking this flower,most people do not cook it often.But,it is not so laborious job to cook this flower,if you have some practice.
Banana flower consists of many layers of bract.You will find a bunch of florets under each layer.first remove the hard pink layer.Take out the florets found underneath.Remove all the layers one by one and collect all the florets.
In each floret,you will find a string in the middle with a tiny head and also a small plastic like white cover around it.Both are not edible.Remove both from all the florets.
The florets in the upper portion are slightly bigger are slightly bigger than the florets in the inner potion.From the big floret,you can easily see these and remove it.
But it is little difficult to find the string in the string in the small florets.You have to open each small floret gently by your fingers and remove the string and cover.To do this,take a bunch of florets in one hand and hold the bottom and gently rub the top of the florets in your palm.Now the florets will open up and you will see the strings in each floret.Remove it.When you remove the hard layers,you will find the color of the bract will change from dark pink to a pale yellow and finally end up with a small white bulb.the florets in the inner portion will be more tender.You can use the tender florets and the smell white bulb as it is.No need to remove string or anything from these.U can it like that.
Banana Flower-3 nos
Garlic pods-10 nos (cut into small pieces)
Ginger paste-2 tbsp
Red chillies-4 to 5 nos
Cumin Seed1.2 tsp
Salt to taste
First grind the banana flower and add 2 pinch salt .Wash nicely in water.Squeeze nice the banana flower take out the water.Keep it aside.