3. Promotes lactation
It seems that banana flowers are a woman’s best friend. Apart from improving the health of the uterus, and combating excessive menstrual bleeding, it looks as that banana flowers are also beneficial to nursing mothers. Also, it makes an ideal choice for women who are breastfeeding their babies can boost their milk production by consuming banana flowers.
A great way of preparing banana flowers is to make a curry out of them. Start off by adding two tablespoons of oil to a pan. When the oil has heated up to about a medium temperature, add one teaspoon of mustard seeds. Allow the seeds to cook until they start to sputter. Now add one sliced onion to the pan at the same time as sliced green chilies. You can reduce the heat of the chilies by slicing them longways, and by removing the seeds with a knife or spoon. Fry the onion and chili mixture until the onions have become transparent, and are starting to change color.
Next, add around 500g of banana flowers and stir to mix well. Once the flowers are coated with the onion and chili mixture, add 1 flat teaspoon of turmeric powder, the leaves from one sprig of curry leaves (or more to taste), ½ teaspoon of salt (or more to taste), 1 teaspoon of powdered coriander, and a pinch of hing (asafoetida powder). Add enough water to almost cover the curry and cover with a lid.
Cook until the banana flowers are tender, and the flavors have come together. You can add some crushed coconut and serve the curry with rice or bread. Note that it is always wise to consult your doctor before eating anything new while you are pregnant or lactating.