Banana Stem Stir Fry | Vazhaithandu Poriyal | Plantain Stem Stir Fry

Banana Stem to me was a challenge recipe after Pavakkai, once I overcame the dislike to a vegetable that was once dread by me, I did want to explore possibilities with Banana Stem/ Vazhaithandu and I was on a look out for a simple recipe that was quick and easy to do. To my surprise I have started to love this veg and made this porriyal almost thrice and its a great accompaniment with Pavakka Puli Kozhambhu. The sweet taste of the Vazhaithandu complements the slightly  bitter and tangy taste of the Puli kozhambu. Now that's what I call as a perfect combination. For all those who think of Priya has too much non veg the news is we do eat a lot of veg and almost 3-4 days a week we eat veg at home and there are those days when we don't want anything to do with non veg and the soul reason would be an overdose of non veg recipes. If you are like me who hates this veg try this simple stir fry and I am sure you will love it.

This is a simple and easy to do side. I must thank Raks for sharing this recipe and teaching me how to cook them
Recipe Source ~ Raks
Serves ~ 2
Cook time ~ 8 mins
Prep time ~ 20 mins


Banana Stem - 1 palm size length-wise
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Split Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 3-4
Red Chilli - 2 

  • Wash the banana stem and remove the outer skin and discard the ends as well. Fill a bowl with water and mix salt and lime juice in it, cut the banana stem into discs, discard all the fibers that comes while cutting and soak in the prepared bowl.
  • Chop the discs into tiny squares or mince like the way I did it, gives more flavor when minced. Add the split moong dal, salt and turmeric and mix well, set aside for 15 mins
  • In a pan heat oil and temper the mustard seeds, curry leaf, red chilli, channa dal and add the minced banana stem discarding all the water in them.
  • Sprinkle water and cook under a covered lid until done, should take 5-7 mins
Serve along with curry and rice.

Cooks Wisdom

- Soaking the discs in water with lime helps it from turning brown
- You can also add shredded coconut towards the end for more flavor
- Mincing the banana stem does make it easy to eat and more flavor
- The moong dal gets cooked well so no need to cook them separately


  1. never heard about the curry with it priya..we soak the slices in water mix with salt, red chilles,hing and turmeric..after 2 or 3 days they will be awsome...remembering my childhood days..btw..h u r enjoying holidays?

  2. Simple and healthy stir fry.. My mom makes it similarly.. But I haven't tried yet in spite of its health benefits..

  3. i miss my moms cooking after seeing this post. she does it similar way. nice clisks Priya..loved it.

  4. Ah you lucky girl getting banana stem. I love this curry and make it almost similarly.

  5. very different to the way we make, a new recipe for me. Looks yummy.

  6. Ohh never tried this dish.. looks good.. must give it a shot.

  7. one of my fav stir fry.....yummy

  8. I like banana stem, but purchase it very rarely because it needs a lot of time and care :) Well made sis :)

  9. yummy dear...all ur receipes r too good...

  10. Its been ages i had this banana stem, wat a healthy stir fry, well done Sis.

  11. Delicious and healthy fry.

  12. my fav one priya...we forget to buy from ilford so sad:(

  13. my fav dear...we forget to buy from ilford so sad:(

  14. Mom does the same way, I love it...

  15. healthy one.we always have it.happy new year sis.

  16. healthy one.we always have it.happy new year sis.

  17. Looks yum...Love it....

  18. Happy new year priya healthy recipe


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