Friday, May 3, 2013

Vazhathandu Poriyal Recipe - Banana Stem Stir Fry

Vazhaithandu poriyal is one the easy and healthy poriyal recipes. I accompanied it with kathrikai puli kulambu and rice, it was a hearty satisfying meal one of my fav lunch combo too :)

It seems like yest since I reached here at my native and its going to be a week already....lots of memories, happy times, shopping times, chit chats and what not?! Its always fun to see around the place we grew up as a child and I always cherish them. And should I have to mention about the variety of chettinad special dishes I had and ofcourse the memories each dish carries......had a gala time and am sure its going to take quite sometime for me to be back to routine. 2 more days and will be back home, already appa is missing mittu badly so here we come......:o Meet you all very soon in another interesting post from nama kovai :)
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe

Raw Banana Stem Recipe - Ingredients

Serves : 2 
Cooking & Preparation Time: 30 mins

Banana Stem - 1 medium sized
Onion - 1 medium sized chopped finely
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Split Moong Dal - 1.5 tbsp
Buttermilk - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a small sprig
Green Chillies - 2 slitted

Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe
1.Remove the outer ring as seen in the picture. Then slice them into round disks, remove the fibre and discard them.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe - Step12.Chop them into small cubes and keep them immersed in buttermilk.Soak moong dal in water for 30mins, set aside.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe - Step23.Heat oil - add the items under 'to temper' table, let it crackle add onion and moong dal. Saute for 3mins until dals and onion turn slightly browned. Drain buttermilk from the veggie and keep it ready.Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe - Step3
4.Add the veggie along with turmeric powder. Add water and required salt till immersing level. Cook by keeping it covered.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe - Step4
5.Cook till the veggie turns soft and becomes transparent.Add grated coconut, give a quick stir and switch off.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe - Step5
Serve it with hot steamed rice and puli kulambu.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe

My Notes:
  • While tempering instead of green chillies, you can even add red chillies and chana dal.
  • Raw coconut is of no cholestrol so I always add it at the last stage but if you preparing your lunch well in advance then saute the coconut then swtich off else the poriyal will get spoiled soon.
Vazhaithandu Poriyal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. full of goodness, never miss a chance to cook this whenever I get the veggie :) Tamizh font looks perfect for this!

  2. I have never tasted banana stem, but seems so exotic. Would love to try

  3. Very healthy...awesome pictures...

    Today's recipe:

  4. one of my fav veggie...healthy and fiber rich veggie...perfect side dish for kathirikkai kulambu...tempting :-)

  5. Exactly as amma makes it .Miss it a lot as we dont get it in Pittsburgh.

    Love your blog .Keep up the good work.

  6. Dear Sharmi,

    Fantastic pics there! Your recipes are very simple and inspires anyone to cook!

    Few questions..Really need your help:
    1. I see that you are in Coimbatore, that is where I'm in too :). Where do we get butter paper for baking here? I searched Auchan in Brookefields, but didnt get them.
    2. Where do you get Ramekins from?
    3. Is there any place in CBE where we get exotic veggies - Avacado, Brussels sprouts, Zucchini..etc...

    Will be looking forward to your reply :)

    1. 1.I usually get butter paper in stationary stores...any store will have it
      2.Ramekins I have had no luck in CBE, I got mine from chennai
      3.Try in Nilgiris but those veggies are seasonal but I havent seen zucchini there too
      Hope this helps

  7. Healthy veg.i want this but not available here.when I was live in India I did weekly once.

  8. Very healthy poriyal, we too make itin the same way except adding onions

  9. I m from Cbe. Amma makes the the same recipe but boils the cubes and drains the water.fibre is fav recipe make it once a week for my family.
    She s fabulous cook.

  10. thanks for this simple recipe


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