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Banana Stem Stir fry | Vazhaithandhu Poriyal

Banana Stem is packed with fiber and if you are someone who is looking to shed some weight, then this is a must in your diet. Most of us think that this is a tasteless vegetable but trust me if you try this recipe you will change your impression of this power packed veg. The addition of shallots and spices does give a lovely flavor to this recipe. Banana stem poriyal is a common side in any south Indian veg menu. You can pair this with any tangy curry or lentil. 


Recipe Source - Amma
Cook & Prep time - 15 mins
Serves - 3 generously


Banana stem- 1 and 1/2 cup (cut thinly into small pieces)                                              
Shallots / Pearl Onions- 5 ( cut thinly)                                                                        
Turmeric powder - 1 and 1/4 tsp.                                                                            
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp.                                                                                
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste                                                                                                        
To Temper

Oil - 3 tsp
Mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 2 nos
Curry Leaf - 1 spring


Heat a skillet, add oil once it is hot add mustard seeds, wait for them to splutter. Now add Urad dal, Jeera, red chilli and curry leaf. Add the chopped onions and saute well. Add the banana stem pieces and fry well for 2 minutes.
Now add the spice powders, salt and mix well. Sprinkle some water, cover with lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice and curry.

Cooks Wisdom

- When you cut the banana stem keep the pieces in water mixed with some buttermilk and salt, this will keep it from turning dark.
- You can garnish with some grated coconut.
- You can soak 1 tbsp of moong dal in water for 15 mts and add to the poriyal before sprinkling water, the dal will stay firm and crunchy.

I have another recipe for Banana stem poriyal you can view it HERE


  1. Always love banana stem fry... Yours looks great

  2. very healthy delicious poriyal.

  3. Love the clicks da and i love banana stem cooked in any style...yummy

  4. Is it really that fibrous ? Good to know Priya...

    nice background, is it a Saari ?

  5. Healthy side...looks yum...

  6. wow healthy poriyal,header luks very nice Priya:)

  7. Never cooked with banana stem. Looks very good!

  8. Healthy and delicious stir fry da. Nice presentation.. :)

  9. Love this fibre rich banana stem stir fry,love simply with a bowl of rice.

  10. Very healthy and we use to do in a slightly different way. Loved it.

  11. Nice one Doll... but i still resist to take it fully... but having it for healthy n moreover to get scold from mom n dad...:P

  12. vazhathandu something my H loves and i dont get it here. Such a powerhouse of nutrients. Curry looks spot on

  13. banana stem, haven't cooked & tasted this for long this healthy & fiber rich poriya...looks inviting Priya!

  14. Loved that poriyal...Generally i get them a bit dry yours looks more moist

  15. Gorgeous clicks.. looks yummy !!

  16. Healthy and delicious fry :)

  17. my fav one priya but i mis here...lovely click..

  18. oh wow..great presentation Priya, by the way, gorgeous bowl

  19. AnonymousMay 22, 2013

    I love banana stem...but I have never tried a poriyal...This looks so good- yum!

  20. Wow!! Good to know about the vegetable.. Yummy..


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