At my home, we have never bought Banana flower from the market. We had banana trees planted and every time it flourishes, every part of it would take the shape of a dish. Few bananas would be kept apart to ripen, while others go into making of chips, stir frys , kalan etc. There were dishes made out of the raw banana peel and also the banana stem. Oh and how can I forget the extracting of honey from underneath the banana flower petals. I used to love it. In short, maximum utilization of having a banana tree at home.
However, now when I buy banana flower from market, I always think how good were those days when we used to have those organic food from our own vegetable garden. My mom laughed at me when I proudly told her that we got hold of some banana leaf(torn and sad looking) and bought it to make Meen pollichathu.
But whenever, we find these banana flower at the store, we grab these and make it. Both of us love having it, even though I hate cleaning it. My mom does something with her fingers to grab/remove sticky threads out of the edible portion. I haven't learnt that technic yet but I am trying to. If you forget about the effort required in cleaning it, this stir fry is one healthy and tasty dish that you can prepare as a side for rice. Here is how we make it. Hope you like it.