Saturday, 28 September 2013

Vazhathandu Kootu/Bananastem Kootu

Vazhathandu Kootu/Bananastem Kootu

 Banana stem is a very healthy vegetable. I have heard that it is a treatment for stones in gall bladder.

It is a little tedious in terms  of cleaning of the Banana Stem, however it tastes great and is very healthy too.


Banana Stem - 1 Portion
Yellow Moong Dhall - 1/4 Cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder and Asafoetida - a pinch each
Dry Chillies - 3
Coconut - 1 Tablespoon (Grated)
Curd - 1 Tablespoon
Oil and Salt


Cleaning of Banana Stem

First step is to remove the outer ring. Remove the rings from the stem unless there is no ring in the stem.

Now place the stem horizontally and cut it into circles. Meanwhile, remove the fiber with the help of your fingers that comes out when you cut each circle.

Then, cut the circle into thin strips and then chop them finely. Add this finely chopped Banana stem into big vessel with water and a tablespoon of curd. The curd will prevent the banana stem from changing color.

Now take a tooth pick and swirl the toothpick into the vessel which has the Banana stem in buttermilk. (Swirl as if you are mixing. I have a long thin stick for this, but toothpick works just fine)

The fiber left in Banana stem will be removed by swirling the tooth pick. Do it until you are completely convinced that there is no fiber left.


Wash and soak the yellow moong dhall in 1 cup of water for 15-30 minutes.


In a pan, add the moong dal and cleaned Banana stem, turmeric powder and asafoetida and cook for 15 minutes or till the Banana stem and Moong dal is done.

In a pan, heat 1/2 Teaspoon of oil, add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Once they splutter add the dry red chillies and curry leaves. After 30 seconds add the gated coconut and saute for 30 seconds.

Now Add the cooked Moong dal and Banana stem and cook for a minute.


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