Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vazhaithandu Thayir Pachadi/ Banana Stem With Yogurt

          Vazhaithandu/ Banana Stem, this is one of the vegetables that I missed back in the US. Though we got raw bananas and banana flower, we never got this, so while visiting India, this used to be a delicacy for us. The vegetable, as such is very rich in fiber and is supposed to be good for kidney stones. I make a couple of dishes with it, one of them is this Thayir Pachadi, a very easy and healthy preparation. The cooking part is very simple, but preparing the vazhaithandu is what is more important. I have given the step by step pictures for preparing this vegetable for cooking. Try this out as part of a healthy meal when you get a chance to find this vegetable..

Need to Have

  • Vazhaithandu - 11/2 cups, chopped
  • Yogurt/ Curd - 1 cup
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 6 or 7

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped Ginger - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Green Chillies - 2


          The banana stem looks like a white log, with layers of rind surrounding the smooth interior, we can just make slits and remove the rinds easily, till you get a smooth log.

          Now slice it, after each slice, wipe and remove with your finger, the fiber that comes after each slice. Keep the slices immersed in water.

           Boil some water and cook the vazhaithandu pieces for just 5 minutes, drain and cool it.

          Grind all the ingredients given under 'to grind', adding some yogurt, don't add water.

          Add the ground paste to the vazhaithandu pieces, beat the yogurt and add, mix everything well along with some salt.

          Heat a little oil, add the mustard seeds, once it starts spluttering add the asafoetida followed by the curry leaves, mix for a few seconds and switch off. Add it to the yogurt and vegetable mixture, mix and serve.

You can prepare the vegetable the previous day, soak it to some thin buttermilk and refrigerate, adding buttermilk prevents the vegetable from changing its color.
Do not cook the vegetable for more than 5 minutes, it should have a light crunch to it.
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  1. Brings back my childhood memories mom used to. Aka this n I never red had though:) looks very healthy

  2. Such a healthy pachadi, even today i went to Indian grocery to get this banana stem,but unfortunately they arent fresh,truly miss it here;

  3. Delicious thayir pachadi Hema, I love vazhaithandu, but is it hard to find here.

  4. love pacchadi... urs looks yumm and ve never tried vazhathandu pacchadi...looks like a must try

  5. We too make moru curry with vaazhaithandu.This pachadi but looks awesome and divine..Lipsmaking.

  6. wow i didnt know u could use thandu for pachadi will try it out.looks tempting :)

  7. Have not seen this veggie here, I love vazhaithandu. The pachadi looks delicious.

  8. Nice and healthy pachadi,loved it a lot but here we don't get that are so lucky to have this healthy veggie...

  9. healthy and tasty pachadi

  10. never did this before.. healthy pachadi..

  11. We too make this but in different manner...Healthy dish

  12. That is an interesting way to use vazhaithandu. Loved your pachadi

  13. Hema, I have never tried this dish. Bookmarked but might have to wait for my trip to India! Just catching up on the posts I missed.