Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Vazha pindi parippu thoran/Banana stem and lentil stir fry


 Each and every part of a banana tree is useful in one way or the other. Here we are going to prepare a highly nutritious dish using the banana stem. Banana stem is considered to be very helpful in controlling diabetes and kidney stone.              

Vazha pindi parippu thoran/Banana stem and lentil stir fry

We can prepare it in different ways. Here i am sharing my mom's style of preparing the stir fry, using chana dal . Don't know how to clean and chop it? Check Here

Vazha pindi parippu thoran/Banana stem and lentil stir fry


  • Vazha pindi / banana stem : 1 small
  • Kadala parippu / chana dal : 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut : 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tspn
  • Chilly powder : 1 tspn
  • Garlic: 1 clove
  • Salt

To temper:

  • Mustard / kaduku : 1/4 tspn
  • Black gram / Uzhunnu : 1/4 tspn
  • Dry red chilly : 2
  • Curry leaves : 1 sprig
  • Oil


  • Prepare banana stem for cooking  Chop it into small pieces.
  • Cook chana dal with enough water and salt on a high flame (Half cooking is enough). After one whistle, switch off the flame .Keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add black gram/ uzhunnu and wait till it turns light brown in colour .
  • Add dry red chilly and curry leaves.
  • Now add chopped vazha pindi /banana stem and saute it well.
  • Add turmeric and chilly powders.
  • Mix it well and add cooked chana dal with water. If necessary add an extra 1/4 cup of water. Close the pan and cook it till the vazha pindi / banana stem turns soft.
  • If it is a fresh stem, it won't take much time to cook. Meanwhile crush both garlic and grated coconut.
  • Add it to the stir fry and mix well.
  • If you like dry stir fry keep it on the stove for a few more minutes. Stove should be in simmer mode.

  • You may add shallots together with garlic.
  • You may replace chana dal with cowpeas or green grams.


  1. That looks so yummy.. I'm sure it tasted too good..

  2. Yummy and healthy vazhappindi parippu thoran.....


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