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Vaazhapindi Thoran (Banana Stem Stirfry)

 Published 2013-Oct-18   Updated 2013-Nov-13

- Submitted by Raji Ramakrishnan

(Vaazhaithandi Poriyal)

Recipe For Vaazhapindi Thoran


  • Banana stem (vazhathandu - finely chopped) - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp


  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urid dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Dry Red chilli (broken) - 1
  • A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing) - a pinch


  1. Cut and clean the vazhaithandu (banana stem). See detailed banana stem cutting steps here.
  2. Cook the vazhathandu in pressure cooker with little water, salt and turmeric. You can also cook it in a open pot till it becomes soft.
  3. In a kadai, heat oil for tempering. Add the mustard seeds, urid dal, broken red chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida (hing) powder.
  4. Add the vazhathandu and stir well.
  5. Coarsely grind the grated coconut and cumin seeds and add to the above mixture.
  6. Saute well and serve as a side dish for plain rice and sambar.

NOTE: You can add one green chilli along with the coconut.

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