Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe

Banana tree is the only plant which is useful to us from leaves to stem. Plantain stem is a nutritional rich veggie. It is rich in fiber and very good diet for diabetic patients too. This Plantain Stem Stew (Vazhathandu kootu) is a delicious and healthy dish. Generally many of us find it difficult or lazy to cook plantain stem because of its fibrous nature. To chop the Plantain stem, we need little more patience. We have to put more efforts to cook Plantain stem and Plantain flower, but once we are done with the chopping, then preparation of the dish is quite simple. Like other vegetable stews, Plantain Stem Stew has also the same procedure. A slight variation is that, I have used thur dal instead of moong dal. Rest of the procedure remains same. Lets see how to cook this healthy dish!

Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe
Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time20 mins
Cooking Time25 mins

Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe
Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe

Plantain Stem1 / 350gms
Thurdal1/4 Cup
Turmeric Powder1/4 teaspoon
SaltTo taste
Coconut Oil1 teaspoon

For Grinding:
Oil1 teaspoon
Channa Dal1 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds2 teaspoon
Grated Coconut2 tablespoon

For Seasoning:
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Split Urid dal1 teaspoon
Red Chilli1
Curry Leavesfew
  1. Remove the outer rings of the stem so that there are no more rings seen in the cross section. Cut the stem into thin disks. Remove the fibers between the disks by one of your fingers.It is the most frustrating part of preparing banana stem for cooking :-)Slice the disks into a smaller pieces and immerse the same in the butter milk and water mixture as this will preserve the original color of the stem otherwise this will turn out to be black in color

  2. I always prefer to cook the Plantain stem in pressure cooker as it will take more time to cook over gas top. Take the chopped plantain stem in a vessel and add turmeric powder and water. Place the vessel in the cooker and allow it to cook for 2-3 whistles. Once the plantain stem is cooked, allow the pressure to release and then gently remove from cooker and set it aside.

  3. Pressure cook the thurdal with a pinch of turmeric. Once cooked, mash the dal nicely and set it aside

  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the grinding ingredients other than coconut. Take these in a mixer and add coconut to the mixer

  5. Grind all these to a nice paste. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add split urid dal and saute them till the dal turns golden brown. Then add broken red chilli and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. 

  6. Add the cooked plantain stem to the pan. Add the mashed dal to the pan and mix well

  7. Next, add the ground paste along with salt and mix well. Bring the stew to boil and then switch off the flame. 

  8. The healthy Plantain Stem Stew is now ready to serve!
  9. Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe
    Plantain Stem Stew Recipe | Vazhathandu Kootu Recipe

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been looking for a nice recipe of this to try. Thanks for sharing this.




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