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Vazhathandu Poriyal | Banana Stem Stir Fry | Plantain Stem Poriyal

Vazhathandu Poriyal
Banana Stem has lots of benefits. We all are aware of the medicinal uses of banana stem. Nowadays many people are suffering from kid stone problem. Even doctor suggest them to include these stems in their diet as they prevent and treat kid stones. So we all know these common use. The other uses of banana stem are: it helps to loss weight, for diabetic patients to maintain their blood sugar level, prevents blood pressure, constipation,and hyper acidity. They are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 which helps in production of hemoglobin and insulin.

Banana Stem Stir Fry
It helps to relieve ulcer and has cooling effect on the body.  It is equal to fruits. I learned from one of my friend and my mom that if we add them very often we will suffer from bone problems. They got this information from a popular TV show. So, this can be had once in a week. I am not sure about how true it is. Banana stem, banana flower and the fruit do magic on human body. Isn't it? Recipe after the jump...
Banana Stem Poriyal

Vazhathandu Poriyal

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Serves: 4


Vazhathandu / plantain stem - 1
Onion - 1
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 2
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 2 tsp

To grind:

Coconut - 1/4 cup
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp / 3 red chilli
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp


Remove the outer part and chop the plantain stem into small pieces.

Grind coconut, cumin, chilli powder into a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once it starts to crackle, add the urad dal, broken red chilli and curry leaves.

Add the chopped stem, salt and stir fry for 10 to 15 mins. Once it got cooked, add the ground masala, turmeric.

Sauté till the raw smell is gone and remove from flame.


Ingredients for banana stem fry
Keep all your ingredients ready
coconut, chilli
Grind coconut, cumin and chilli powder coarsely
ground paste
Just like this
Peel the outer part
Peel the outer part of the banana stem. This part is not necessary
sliced stem
Now cut the stem into thin round slices. Remove all the fibres from it
chop vertically
Stack the chopped banana stem slices and cut them lengthwise
Now rotate it and cross cut it
soak in water
Soak them in water with turmeric to avoid discoloration. Now use a ladle or skewers to remove the remaining fibre
remove fibres
You can see the fibres we got from the stem
mustard, urad dal
Now heat oil in a pan. Once the oil becomes nice and hot, add the mustard seeds and urad dal
red chilli, curry leaves
When the mustards starts to splutter, add in broken red chilli and curry leaves
Onion added
Add the chopped onion and saute till it becomes translucent
Now, add the banana stem, salt and stir fry for 15 mins
ground coconut
When the stem gets cooked, add the ground coconut masala
And turmeric
Stir fry for another 2 to 3 mins and put off the flame
Plantain Stem Poriyal
Its  ready!

1 comment:

  1. No where you have put when to add onion in the script.