Thursday, March 3, 2011

Plantain Stem Stir Fry-Vazhai Thandu Poriyal

Plantain stem is rich in fibre. Fiber is an integral part of a healthy diet and has many health benefits. It helps to prevent constipation .Those who want to reduce weight can have fibre rich food before meals.Include plantain stem/Banana stem in your diet at least once in a week regularly .Try this simple plantain stem stir fry recipe-

plantain stem recipe
Plantain Stem Stir Fry
Serves -2

Ingredients needed

Plantain stem - 2 cup
Split moong dal/Pasi parupu - 2 tbsp
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Oil- 2 tsp
Salt as required

For the seasoning

Mustard -1 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
Urad dal -1 tsp
Green chilli - 1- 2 (slit it)
Curry leaves - little


Remove the outer covering of the stem and cut it into rounds removing the thread like fibre with you index finger .Then chop it into small thin pieces. Keep it in diluted buttermilk to prevent discoloration till you use it for cooking.

Cook moong dal /Pasi parupu separately in a little water till soft. Keep it aside.


1. Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, urad dal, green chillies and curry leaves.

2. When dal turns golden brown, add the chopped plantain stem (strain the buttermilk and add the plantain stem alone), turmeric powder, salt needed and cook covered till plantain stem becomes soft. Sprinkle water in between to prevent it from getting burnt.

3. Once plantain stem is cooked, add the cooked moong dal, grated coconut and mix it well. Switch off the flame.

Plantain stem curry is ready to be served as an accompaniment for rice.

More Plantain stem recipes

Plantain stem kootu
(Vazhai thandu kootu)

Plantain stem Mor kootu (
Vazhai thandu Mor kootu)

Also refer

Plantain curry (Vazhakkai curry)

Banana flower kootu(Vazhaipoo kootu)

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Stir fry looks soo yumm..
    I love plantain stems..hardly get it here though:-(

  2. My fav anytime,havent had since a long..

  3. i had made this before with red gram.. a very healthy recipe :)

  4. very yummy ... i am a big fan of plantain stem ... very tempting ....we get plantain flower here but we don't get stem ...

  5. Healthy and delicious stir fry..looks like I have to try this sometime..thanks!

  6. Its been a lot time since I have cooked plantain stem, its hard to find here:( Loved ur poriyal...delish.

  7. Plantain stem is one of my favourites... It has been a long time since I've had it. This stir fry looks very yummy... :-)

  8. It's such a simple and tasty curry padhu!!! yummy :)

  9. U r s curry is in a new version as i can try this. My hubby likes it and i don't lets try in u r way so i may start liking. Lovely.

  10. Yummy yummy, i miss this here so much, one of my fav's

  11. Healthy fibrous dish, Love it a lot

  12. It's been a very long time since I had plaintain stem, your recipe looks very delicious. Perfect side dish.

  13. yummy dish.I miss this one so it

  14. Yummy recipe!!! I love the moong dal in this one!!!

  15. A healthy dish,looks super delicious..

  16. A very healthy recipe and looks yumm

  17. Healthy and delicious stir fry.

  18. Looks yummy and tempting...its been a long time i had this fry.... And i love the decoration in your other recipes, especially the baby corn it was so nice..

    Thanks for visiting my blog and the lovely comments... Glad to follow you.

  19. Its my sisters fav...This is perfect and tempting..


  20. Yummy stir fry,love this very much

  21. I had never tried a recipe with plaintain stem.. u shared a wonderful recipe.. thnx for sharing!! will try this soon..

  22. Loved it! So simply and healthy.

  23. we too make it in the same way. delicious and healthy one

  24. Yum! If only plantains were readily available here :)

  25. My fav...I don't get this here..

  26. My fav. vegetable. Had this curry after 6 years when I was in chennai this Jan.

  27. So yummy.. I tried this today and it is perfectly cooked and so tasty.. I had this with curd as it is and God it was yummy


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