Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vazha pindi muthira thoran / Banana stem horse gram thoran/ healthy recipe

Excerpt taken from Hindu on healthy benefits of Banana Stem
Banana stem is a rich source of fibre and helps in weight loss. Its high fibre content creates a feeling of satiation and hence, reduces the intake of food. It also helps ease constipation. Banana stem is rich in potassium and vitamin B6 just like the fruit. Vitamin B6 helps in production of haemoglobin and insulin. Again, it improves the ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium helps in the proper functioning of muscles, including the cardiac muscles. It also helps prevent high blood pressure, and maintain fluid balance within the body. Banana stem is said to be a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. It is used prevent and treat kidney stones.


Green lentils/Horsegram  - 3/4 cup

Banana stem/ Vazhapindi  - 4 cups

Grated coconut        -  1 cup

Dry red chillies         -  3 Nos

Cumin seeds            -  1/4 tsp

Pearl onions            -  4 Nos

Garlic                     -   3 Nos

Turmeric powder    - 1/4 tsp

Onion  chopped      -  1 small

Green chillies, chopped  - 3 nos

Mustard seeds          -  1 tsp

Curry leaves

Salt as needed

Coconut oil - 2 tbsp

Remove the outer skin of  banana stem. Cut it into circles and remove excess fibre with the fingers. Cut it into small cubes. Soak the banana stem cubes in buttermilk. Pressure cook banana stem with one cup of water and salt till 3 whistles. Keep them aside. Pressure cook lentils till 5 - 6 whistle. Keep them aside. Coarsely grind grated coconut, red chillies, pearl onions, cumin seeds, garlic and turmeric powder. Keep the ground paste aside.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add chopped onion, green chillies and curry leaves. When onion turns light brown in colour, add ground paste and saute them well. Now add cooked banana stem. Mix well, then add cooked lentils. Check for salt and switch off the stove.    


  1. superb clicks beena.. are you taking these photos ???

  2. Never heard about banana stem , looks yummy..

  3. Healthy and delicious stir fry..

  4. wow protein and vegetable in one bowl. nice dish.

  5. We used to enjoy the banana stem very much but its hard to come by these days. After seeing your inviting outcome, I am gonna be on the lookout for the stem and make the same.

  6. Wow, its been ages after I saw banana stem. Very healthy and delicious Beena. I just love it. Thanks for sharing...

  7. My mom used to make a different version with the stem. But yours look more flavorful and yummier. The green lentil is a good idea on this recipe!!
    Lovely thoran.

  8. I am missing this banana stem.. Everytime when I am going to Indian grocery my eyes are looking for this stem.. I wish I could taste your recipe.. Healthy recipe

  9. Beena long time no see? loved your recipe...We call this "unnipindi upperi"...i love them for kanji...

  10. it is very healthy bowl of food,nice idea of pairing them.

  11. Nice click...healthy one...happy following u when free drop into my space

  12. had heard that banana stem can be used for cooking, but didn't know how. Would like to try the recipe if I can get banana stem here.

  13. New to me Beena.. Looks simple and delicious :-)

  14. i used to prepare banana stem with with green gram..this new to me..looks yummy:)

  15. a different combo and a healthy one...



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