Banana Flower Side Dish Recipe

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  1. Preparing the Banana Flower.
  2. Straight off the tree the banana flower is too bitter to eat. It must be prepared in advance. Discard the first 2 or 3 sepals – these beautiful dark maroon petals can be saved to serve your dish in later. Peeling back the dark sepals will reveal small elongated white or yellow flowers. These flowers develop into bananas. Save them to add as a garnish later, remember to soak them with the rest of the flower. Holding the tip of the flower first chop off the base of the stem – about and inch and a half is enough, discard this piece. Slice the flower through finely as you might chop a cabbage. Cut all of the flower this way. Put all of your flower, including the earlier saved pieces, into a pot and cover with clean salted water into which a lime or lemon has been squeezed. Set aside for at least an hour, then rinse thoroughly and towel dry or allow to drip dry.
  3. Pound or blend together the garam masala, garlic, ginger, tumeric and chillies.
  4. Heat oil slowly in a heavy pan and when the oil begins to smoke add the blend and fry stirring often until the oils begin to separate and the smell becomes pungent and very aromatic.
  5. Add the chopped onion and banana flower and stir to coat. Add the tamarind sauce and 1/2 cup of water and allow to simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
  6. Add coconut, salt and lime juice and simmer for another 12-15 minutes covered.
  7. Serve in banana sepals, topped with a good spoonful of yogurt, sprinkled with chopped cilantro and decorated with the small yellow flowers.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 319.76 Kcal (1339 kJ)
Calories from fat 127.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.15g 22%
Cholesterol 7.96mg 3%
Sodium 46.98mg 2%
Potassium 338.68mg 7%
Total Carbs 41.19g 14%
Sugars 16.9g 68%
Dietary Fiber 5.13g 21%
Protein 4.63g 9%
Vitamin C 63.5mg 106%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Calcium 96.2mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 127.74 Kcal (535 kJ)
Calories from fat 50.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.65g 22%
Cholesterol 3.18mg 3%
Sodium 18.77mg 2%
Potassium 135.3mg 7%
Total Carbs 16.45g 14%
Sugars 6.75g 68%
Dietary Fiber 2.05g 21%
Protein 1.85g 9%
Vitamin C 25.4mg 106%
Iron 0.9mg 13%
Calcium 38.4mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.8
  • 8

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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