Vazhakoombu / Banana Flower Cutlet

Vazhakoombu Cutlet



  1. Vazhakoombu/ Banana flower – 1 small or 1 cup, chopped fine
  2. Potato – 2 large
  3. Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  4. Ginger – 1/2 inch, chopped fine
  5. Garlic – 8 – 10, chopped fine
  6. Green chillies – 5-6, finely chopped
  7. Curry leaves – 2 sprig, chopped
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  10. Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  11. Coriander leaves – 2 tsp, chopped
  12. Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  13. Egg white – of 1-2 eggs
  14. Bread crumbs – 1/4 – 1/2 cup
  15. Salt – To taste
  16. Oil – For deep-frying


1. Remove 3-4 outer layers of the banana bud and chop it really fine into a vessel with water, salt, oil and turmeric powder. After 15 mts drain and squeeze out the extra water.


2. Cook the potatoes and mash them well with salt and turmeric powder.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onion. Sauté until light brown. Add the chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. Then add chopped vazhakoombu and salt. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Open the lid and stir fry until dry. Now add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, pepper powder and garam masala. Stir for a few seconds and add the lemon juice, mashed potato, curry leaves.  Stir at low flame until all the moisture content is completely gone. Check for salt and pepper powder. When it is cooled, make small balls out of it.

4. Beat the egg white adding little salt. Flatten the balls to desired shapes. Dip them in the egg-white and then in the bread crumbs. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the cutlets (you can also shallow fry it). Drain on to paper towels. Serve hot with tomato sauce.







  1. You can refrigerate the flattened balls dipped in egg white and bread crumbs for 2 days or can even freeze them.
  2. You can add more bread crumbs/ maida  if the cutlet breaks while frying or if it doesn’t hold shape.
  3. You can also use store bought mashed potatoes.


  1. love the idea of making cutlet with banana flower …love it ..those cutlets r very inviting ..yummy


  2. The cutlets look awesome …. my mom used to make this. Yummilicious.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  3. Looks yummy!! Pass on the plate to me

  4. This is one my favourites… mom cooks it too good….lovely dish….

  5. Wow they luk so crisp nd yum :)wud love to grab them ryt away

  6. Whoo..cutlets look crispy and delicious1!

    US Masala

  7. They look very tempting..nalla kirukirannu irikkunnu :-)

  8. Prefect looking cutlets, tempting and makes me drool..

  9. absolutely tempting pics..d color rocks…!

  10. Looks like a perfect dish for snacking

  11. This is my mom’s master piece too..Adipoli aytunde…

  12. wow, I like the crust on the outside, beautiful presentation !!!

  13. Wow that looks perfect !!! Tempting ones !!

  14. This is so new to me.Looks so tempting..wish I could taste some!!

  15. Hi,

    yummy yummy cutlets….


  16. I have never tried them but they look very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  17. we call this Mocha’r chop (mocha means banana flower in Bengali). looks delicious…very well made.

  18. Nice and crispy snack..

  19. banana flower cutlet sounds new to me..wish I could have a taste of that..looks crispy and delicious..yum!

  20. Healthy and yummy cutlets!

  21. Wow… been a long time since I tasted banana flower. Looks really tasty

  22. These look crisp and delicious!

  23. adipoli cutlet!! liked ur version..:)

  24. ente fav..i have one indrafts too…this looks perfect and yummy dearies..!!!

  25. Lovely idea, very innovative..looks awesome.

  26. Anonymous says:

    never heard abt this one…!! were can we get these flowers.. is it available in usa??

  27. It is available in usa. You can find it in Asian grocery stores or in some Indian stores.

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