28 Feb 2018

Vazhaithandu Kootu

Vazhaithandu kootu is called as Banana Stem or Plantain Stem in English. There are so many dishes that can be made with Vazhaithandu. I usually make vazhaithandu juice, vazhaithandu pachadi, vazhaithandu poriyal. This kootu is very simple and easy to make, it is tasty and very healthy too. It is high in fibre and it helps in digestion, relieves constipation and has a host of other benefits too. This goes well with rice sambar rice, rasam rice or kuzhambu sadam.

Vazhaithandu Kootu

Preparation time 20 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 2-3


  • Vazhaithandu - 2 cups, chopped
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 2 tsp
  • Garlic - 5
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Tomatoes - 2
  • Onion - 1
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 2
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Coriander leaves - few chopped
  • Salt - to taste
Vazhaithandu Kootu

1. Chop the vazhaithandu, check this link on how to chop vazhaithandu.
2. Take the moong dal in the cooker, add the turmeric powder, sambar powder, green chillies, garlic and salt.

3. Add the chopped vazhaithandu and tomatoes, add enough water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

4. In a kadai, heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds. When it splutters, add the urad dal, curry leaves, hing and red chillies.

5. Add the chopped onions and some salt. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
6. Add the cooked vazhaithandu and mix well. Let it cook for 5 minutes.

7. Add the chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

Vazhaithandu Kootu

1. If the vazhaithandu is very tender, you can cook for 1 whistle too.
2. You can use toor dal instead of moong dal.

Until next time,
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