In Ayurveda the Banana flower is said to have miraculous medicinal properties for women with menstrual problems. This particular recipe I found in UB Rajalakshmi’s Book- Udupi Aduge. She mentions that this particular lehya, called Kodigatti in Tulu, perhaps, is given to nursing mothers.
This is the first time I tried making this and I think I was supposed to grind the cooked banana flowers with less water, but mine was a chutney consistency. The taste however was simply amazing.
- The youngest part of the banana flower- both the white flowers inside and the pink cover, chopped into small pieces.
- Turmeric powder- 1/2 Tsp
- Black peppercorns- 1 Tsp
- Carom seeds or ajwain- 1 Tsp
- Salt- to taste
- Tamarind paste- 1 Tsp
- Ghee- 3 Tsp
Chop the banana flower and cook the pieces with turmeric, carom and peppercorns. Cool the mixture and grind to a very thick paste.
Heat the ghee in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the paste. Keep stirring till the paste thickens to a ball( mine did not) I stirred for almost 30 minutes.