Tuesday, June 17, 2014

plantain stem/vazhaithandu kootu

Plantain stem/vazhaithandu kootu

Plantain stem /vazhai thandu is very rich in fiber and it helps in natural way to cure constipation, ulcers and urinary infections as well.Plantain stem /vazhai thandu kootu is a very healthy side dish that can be served as side with Rice/Chapathi.

Preparation time :10 minutes
Cooking time      :30-35 minutes


Plantain stem/vazhai thandu  -1
bengal gram/chana dhal        -2 tbsp
split yellow gram/moong dhal-1/4 cup
onion                                    -1/2 finely chopped
tomato                                  -1 small finely chopped
green chilies                          -3
chili powder                          -1/4 tsp
turmeric                                 -Little  
salt                                         - to taste

To temper:

Mustard seeds                        -1/ tsp
Urad dhal/split black gram    -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                           -1/2 tsp      
Whole red chili                       -2
Shredded coconut                   -1 tbsp
Curry leaves                            - few
Oil                                            - 1/2 tbsp


  • Cut the plantain stem into circles and remove any extra fiber while cutting it. Then make it into small cubes and put in a bowl of thin buttermilk(to prevent discoloring).Take a skewer stick and put it in the center of the bowl.Start stirring in same direction so that any extra fiber will get struck over the stick.

  • In a kadai cook moong dhal and chana dhal in 4 cups of water covered.

  •  When the dhal becomes mushy add the cubed plantain stem/vazhai thndu(drain &discard the buttermilk)  ,chopped onion ,green chilies and tomato.

  • Add adequate water,salt,chili powder,turmeric and cook covered until the vazhai thandu is well cooked.

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

  • Pour the tempering to the cooked plantain stem,stir well and cook for another minute.

Authentic vazhai thandu kootu is ready to serve.

Serves 4       

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