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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem Kootu

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem is very good for health. Its raw juice is good for Kidney stones and for kidney related problems.

Vazhai Thandu/Banana Tree Stem - 1 no
Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal/Split green gram - 1 cup (soaked in water for 1 hour)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green Chilli  3 nos (As per your taste)
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 1 tspn
Black Peppercons - 4-5 nos(Optional)
Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
Water as required
A broken Wooden stick piece to stir and remove string like.

Coconut Oil or any cooking oil -2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method
Remove 2-3 layers of the stem or till you get tender stem.
Wash cut Vazhai Thandu into round thin slices, in between you will be getting Naaru/ string like keep removing them.
Cut into small pieces.
In a bowl, add water and butter milk. Add the chopped pieces.
Take the broken wooden stick piece and keep mixing. You will see the naaru/strings coming keep removing them.
The tender ones can be cooked as it is.
In a wide kadai/wok, add the chopped vazhai thandu and paasi paruppu. Add water and cook well.
Grind coconut, jeera and green chilli to fine paste.
Mix it with the cooked vazhai thandu and boil it.
Add salt and season it with the above ingredients.

This is good combination for chapathi or steamed rice.


Ila on February 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM said...

Hi Sara..
Very Healthy and yummy kootu..
I remember my mom making this kootu in India :) I miss t :) looking delicious :)

Shama Nagarajan on February 22, 2011 at 8:05 PM said...

healthy kootu..nice recipe

divya on February 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM said...

Wow this is my fav one i like the banan tree stem but here we won't get it.u r kootu looks yummy and healthy...

Indian Khana on February 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM said...

I never ate or made this...wanted to do this now ..looks yum

Rekha shoban on February 22, 2011 at 9:30 PM said...

veryyy healthy one!!! surely will try this kottu....

Radhika on February 22, 2011 at 9:38 PM said...

One of my favorite kootu Saraswati. Thanks for sharing

Sravs on February 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM said...

Very nice recipe..kootu looks so delicious !!!

? on February 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM said...

These are perfect for monsoons; waiting to sample these in the summer! Wish we could get banana stems here.

Jeyashris Kitchen on February 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM said...

very healthy and yummy kootu

Priya Suresh on February 23, 2011 at 2:40 AM said...

Havent had since a long, healthy delicious kootu..

Kamakshi Prasanna on February 23, 2011 at 5:05 AM said...

Saraswathi, I like Vaazhai thandu kootu very much....I wish we get this here....

kalasivakumar on February 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM said...

very nice recipe..i liked it..!!

Priya dharshini on February 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM said...

This is my fav and healthy too..

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. Tried this out today and the whole family loves it :)



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