Vazhai Thandu Kootu

A dish made with banana stem (Vazhai Thandu) and dhal can be served with steamed rice.

Vazhai Thandu Kootu

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: KootuCuisine: Indian, Tamil
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

A dish made with banana stem (Vazhai Thandu) and dhal can be served with steamed rice

Ingredients

  • Banana Stem – 1’ lenth

  • Green Gram Dhal – ½ cup

  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Coconut gratings – 2 tablespoon

  • Seeragam (Cumin) – 1 teaspoon

  • Rice flour – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida powder – 2 pinches

  • Red Chili – 1

  • Small Sambar onion – 4 Nos

  • Curry leaves – few

Directions

  • Make round slices of the banana stem, remove the fibers and cut it into small cubes. Put it in the water. (Little buttermilk can be added to the water to avoid discoloration).
  • Cook the green gram dhal along with turmeric till soft.
  • Put the banana stem pieces in a vessel. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt. Pour enough water to cover the banana stem pieces. Cook till the pieces are soft.
  • Add the cooked dal and mix well. Keep it on medium flame.
  • Grind coconut, cumin and rice flour to a fine paste and add to the kootu and stir well.
  • Season it with mustard, urad dal, asafoetida powder, red chilli, curry leaves and small onion chopped finely.

10 Comments

  1. This is one of my favorites. Never had it in USA, though….I wait till next trip to India!

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for visiting my site.

  3. Nithya Praveen

    This is my fav one.I miss having this here.I believe this one helps one who has kidney stones….healthy veggie.First time to ur blog…u hv a nice one out here.

  4. Nithya Praveen

    This is my fav one.I miss having this here.I believe this one helps one who has kidney stones….healthy veggie.First time to ur blog…u hv a nice one out here.

  5. hi kamala……..
    i tried this recipe. good one. really liked. but i have a doubt… should i use raw rice or cooked rice? i tried with cooked rice… please clear this

  6. Hi Thushara,

    Thank you for visiting my site. You have to use raw rice. Normally to thicken Kootu or Kuzhambu little rice powder mixed with water is added. Instead of adding rice powder, we used to add raw rice while grinding coconut. It acts as thickening agent.

  7. thank ukamala for clearing my doubt…. wil keep trying ur recipes…

  8. Ramasubramanian

    Mami, all of your receipes are good. I would love to try my hand

  9. Nice receipe very useful for those who start cooks easy n simple

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