Vazhai Thandu Poriyal

Vazhai Thandu (Banana Stem) Poriyal

Vazhai thandu poriyal is a South Indian stir-fry made with banana stem. Serve hot as a side dish with rice or roti. Enjoy your vazhai thandu poriyal!

Vazhai Thandu (Banana Stem) Poriyal

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: PoriyalCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Looking for a delicious South Indian side dish? Try vazhai thandu poriyal, a flavorful stir-fry made with banana stem. Perfect with rice or roti!


  • Banana Stem – 1’ length

  • Oil – 2 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida powder – two pinches

  • Red chillies – 2

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Coconut gratings – 1 tablespoon

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste


  • Slice the banana stem into rounds, taking care to remove any fibrous strands. Cut these rounds into long strips and immerse them in water to prevent discoloration. Adding a dash of buttermilk to the water can further help maintain the color.
  • In a kadai or a similar cooking vessel, heat oil over medium flame. Add mustard seeds and wait for them to start popping. Following that, add urad dal, a pinch of asafoetida powder, and small, broken pieces of chillies, along with curry leaves. Sauté this mixture until the urad dal turns a light brown hue.
  • Drain the banana stem pieces from the water and add them to the kadai. Season with salt, and add a splash of water. Cover the kadai with a lid and let it cook for a few minutes.
  • Remove the lid and give the mixture a good stir. Continue to cook until the banana stem pieces have softened and the water has been fully absorbed.
  • Finally, incorporate the grated coconut into the mixture, stirring well to combine. Remove from heat, and your banana stem dish is ready to serve.

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  1. Lakshmi.V

    Too good…. Very simple & easy recipe… I have been your follower since I started cooking on my own (8 years back when I was a newly wed) wish someday I see you in person & thank, for being my unseen mom & made me a complete Indian woman by guiding in cooking.

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