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I love to eat all the vegetables. But Sen & Raksha run miles away when i prepare certain dishes using some vegetables.Hot smile.One such vegetable is banana stem / vazhaithandu. I have to think a lot before cooking these vegetables as how to make the dish appealing and make them eat. Last time when i went to salem my FIL bought me a tender banana stem.. When i was hitting my mind to try something new , my neighbour suggested this recipe.I tried it keeping my fingers crossed .To my surprise , sen said this is the second best recipe among the vazhaithandu dishes..I asked , which is the first one then ? He said its Vazhaithandu juice Winking smile .. I must thank my neighbour for teaching me such a quick , easy n tasty dish. I started making this very often as this became my hubby’s favourite and an easy to prepare dish for me .There is no need to cook the banana stem.It has a crunchy taste.So this recipe can be made instantly.Only the cutting part takes some time.I used to cut it the previous day night & keep them immersed in buttermilk & refrigerate it till use . If u dont like to eat raw banana stem , pressure cook it for one whistle and proceed.Make sure u use a tender , fresh stem.This dish will be helpful for people under diet as the fiber content of banana stem helps to reduce the weight.It is very filling too..Do check the kitchen clinic section to know more about the benefits of banana stem…Try this recipe and let me know how u liked it Smile..

Vazhaithandu raita


  • Tender Banana stem | Vazhaithandu – 1 cup (finely chopped)
  • Fresh thick curd – 1 cup
  • Green chilly –  1 - 2 nos ( Slitted or finely chopped )
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (optional)
  • Salt – As needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 2 generous pinches
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coriander leaves – few


  • Discard  the outer cover of banana stem and take the inner part separately. Cut into discs and remove the threads that comes in between the discs.Now chop them finely.
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  • Mix 2 tsp curd or a tbsp of  buttermiik in a bowl of water & immerse the chopped vazhaithandu pieces till use. ( This helps to avoid discoloration)
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  • Now heat a tsp of oil in a a kadai and temper mustard seeds , urad dal , hing and curry leaves , green chillies & ginger.saute well. Take the chopped banana stem pieces from the buttermilk , squeeze them well and add the tempered items .Mix well , add salt & coriander leaves..Before serving add the fresh curd & mix well and serve immediately..
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Enjoy with dal rice or eat as it is !! The curd mixture tastes & smells more like thayir vada curd as the ingredients used for both are same Smile


  • Curd should be fresh and thick.This is very important for this dish.
  • Squeeze the banana stem after taking out from buttermilk else it will leave the water and makes the pachadi watery.Banana stem pieces should be added just before serving , remember ..
  • Adding hing and coriander leaves gives the flavour.
  • Addition of ginger is optional . I have tried without adding ginger too. It tasted good.. If u want , u can make a paste of ginger & green chilli  & little coconut and add to curd..

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Banana stem is a rich source of fibre and helps in weight loss. Its high fibre content creates a feeling of satiation and hence, reduces the intake of food. It also helps ease constipation. Banana stem is rich in potassium and vitamin B6 just like the fruit. Vitamin B6 helps in production of haemoglobin and insulin. Again, it improves the ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium helps in the proper functioning of muscles, including the cardiac muscles. It also helps prevent high blood pressure, and maintain fluid balance within the body. Banana stem is said to be a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. It is used prevent and treat kidney stones.
Banana stem juice is beneficial to health, according to Ayurveda. To make the juice, combine chopped banana stem and water and grind it in a mixer till it becomes smooth. Add some buttermilk and salt. Mix well and drink it immediately. It will be a little astringent and bitter to taste. Banana stem juice combined with buttermilk and taken on an empty stomach helps in weight reduction. The juice also relieves ulcers, burning sensation and acidity. Its astringent quality helps in blood coagulation. Banana stem is believed to have a cooling effect on the body and hence, is recommended in tropical climates.


  1. delicious and healthy pachadi..

  2. I just fell in love with the color of your pachadi dear!!!

  3. Nice n delicious pacchadi..looks nice and neat clciks chitra

  4. Very healthy pachadi, my preparataion is similar to urs.

  5. What a unique recipe...sounds very good..

  6. Wow!! So delicious pachadi!! I have never tried making it with banana stem-Wonderful idea!

  7. That's a nice one the pics dear

  8. Never Tried This... But mouthwatering now...

  9. this looks absolutely gorgeous...

  10. My mom makes this when we were kids but we never eat this, but now i am telling my kids to eat this and they are refusing!!
    Healthy pachadi. looks yum

  11. awesome and drooling recipe

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  12. very healthy and very tasty pachadi!!!
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  13. Love to finish that whole bowl rite now,irresistible and seriously tempting pachadi

  14. i have never tried this,looks simple yet very healthy

  15. Even my mom also use to do this but in a different way.Healthy one.

  16. Awesome presentation...and I love vazhai-thandu thayir pachadi...its a natural coolant.

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  17. Its a very nice raitha Chitra. Looks delicious.

  18. My Mom also makes this..healthy recipe!


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