Vazhai Thandu (Banana Stem) Kootu


  • Banana Stem – 1’ lenth
  • Green Gram Dhal – ½ cup
  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Coconut gratings – 2 tablespoon
  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Small onion – 2 Nos
  • Curry leaves – few

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 discolouration).
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 dhal and mix well. Keep it on medium flame.
Grind coconut, jeera and rice to a fine paste and add to the kootu and stir well.
Season it with mustard, red chilli, curry leaves and small onion chopped finely.


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