Thursday, May 8, 2014

Plantain stem/Vazhaithandu neer Sambar

Plantain stem/Vazhaithandu neer Sambar

Plantain stem/Vazhai thandu  is very rich in fiber .Neer sambhar is little thinner in consistency than regular sambar and is made with moong dhal.


Plantain stem/vazhathandu   -11/2 cup chopped
moong dhal/split green gram-1/4 cup
tamarind pulp                       -1 small lemon sized
sambar powder                     -2 tsp
salt                                        -to taste
turmeric                                -1/4 tsp

To temper:

oil                                         -2 tsp
mustard seeds                      -1/4 tsp
fenugreek seeds                   -1/8 tsp
whole red chili                     -1
green chili                            -1
hing                                      -pinch
curry leaves                         -few
shallots                                 -6-7
tomato                                  -1 small sliced

preparation time:20 min
Cooking time:25 min


  • In a pot boil vazhaithandu /plantain stem cubes in water until 80% done.

  • Pressure cook moong dal/split green gram with water for a whistle.

  • Take tamarind juice out of the tamarind pulp.In a kadai boil the tamarind juice with turmeric and sambar powder.

  • When it starts boiling well add the cooked plantain stem cubes.

  • Simultaneously in a small pan heat oil and temper with the ingredients given to temper.

  • Pour the cooked moong dhal into the kadai and add the tempering too.

  • Cook until everything blends well.

  • Vazhaithandu neer sambar is ready to serve over Rice.

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