Monday, December 29, 2014

Vazhaithandu poriyal / Banana stem dry curry / Plantain stem dry curry

Vazhaithandu (in tamil) is commonly known as Banana stem / Plaintain stem / Plantain shoot in english. The banana tree will only fruit once. After harvesting the fruit, the tree can be cut and the layers can be peeled like an onion to get a cylinder shaped soft shoot. This plantains shoot can be cleaned, chopped and then cooked to a wonderful dry curry which can be served as a side dish for any rice and curries. This Banana stem dry curry is very popular in south Indian side and in Kerala, it is said to be Vazhaithandu thoran. 

Plantain stem has many health benefits:

  • rich in fiber and helps in weight loss. 
  • helps ease constipation.
  • rich in potassium and vitamin B6, which helps in production of haemoglobin and insulin. 
  • helps prevent high blood pressure and maintain fluid balance within the body.
  • it is also used to prevent and treat kidney stones.

Try out this vazhaithandu poriyal recipe at your home and share your feedback in the comments section below.


vazhaithandu / Banana stem / Plantain stem (chopped) -  2 cups [1 cup size = 240 ml]
oil - 2 tsp
mustad seeds - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
moong dal - 3 tablespoon
curry leaves - 1 sprig
small onion / pearl onions / shallots - 15 - 20 nos
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
grated coconut - 4 tablespoon
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
dry red chili - 2
salt - as needed
asafoetida - a pinch


  • If you don't know how to clean and cut banana stem, please check this video:
  • wash and soak moong dal for 10 minutes
  • chop the small onions
  • grind grated coconut, cumin seeds and dry red chili to a coarse powder
  • heat oil in a vessel and add mustard seeds
  • once it splutters, add urad dal, curry leaves, soaked moong dal and small onions
  • once the onions become transparent, add chopped banana stem. 
  • sprinkle some water, add turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida and cook covered till the banana stem gets completely cooked
  • once the vegetable is cooked, add grounded coconut mixture. Mix well
  • cook it for 4 - 5 mins and then switch off the flame. 
  • Serve as a side dish for any rice and kuzhambu varieties. 

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