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March 20, 2013

Vazhaithandu Thayir Pachadi | Banana Stem Raita

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I love to eat all the vegetables. But Sendhil & 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.Try this recipe and let me know how u liked it Smile..

Vazhaithandu raita

1 cup - 200ml

  • 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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Sona said...

delicious and healthy pachadi..

Swathi said...

Delicious pachadi.

Love2cook Malaysia said...

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

chef and her kitchen said...

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

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very healthy pachadi, my preparataion is similar to urs.

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Indian Khana said...

That's a nice one the pics dear

Sangeetha Nambi said...

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

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

its tempting !

divya said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

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

Unknown said...

very healthy and very tasty pachadi!!!
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Priya Suresh said...

Love to finish that whole bowl rite now,irresistible and seriously tempting pachadi

meena said...

i have never tried this,looks simple yet very healthy

Sudha Sabarish said...

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

Malar Gandhi said...

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

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Vikis Kitchen said...

Its a very nice raitha Chitra. Looks delicious.

Mahi said...

My Mom also makes this..healthy recipe!

Unknown said...

to enhance the dish I add crushed peanut chikkis too.

Chitra said...

Thats a good idea. Healthy too :)