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November 21, 2017

Vazhaithandu Masala Dosa Recipe – Banana Stem Dosa - Dosa Varieties

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Vazhaithandu masala dosa
Vazhaithandu masala dosa – When we saw this dosa recipe in Salem Saravana Bhavan Hotel menu, Sendhil ordered it immediately. Salem Saravana bhavan restaurant has become our must visit place during Salem trip. Raksha loves their Ghee roast very much. We too like their varieties of dinner recipes with millets. So every time we visit there, we try to order some new and interesting dish. I too have a habit of trying the same at home. I had already tried and shared their Vazhaipoo dosa/ Banana flower dosa recipe recently. This morning I tried valaithandu masala dosa for our breakfast. This masala recipe is very similar to our South Indian style kurma but thick in consistency. I won’t say this banana stem stuffing tasted exactly like hotel recipe but it was close to it. Sendhil liked it a lot. We felt this dosa is one of the best way to consume banana stem for people who doesn’t like to eat vazhaithandu or vazhaipoo in the form of poriyal or kootu. Ladies, do try it for your husband even if he is a hater of banana stem. I am sure he will like the uniqueness and taste of this recipe. Ok, lets see how to make Vazhaithandu masala dosa / Banana stem dosa at home with step by step pictures.

Do check out my Vazhaipoo Dosai Recipe too.

Banana stem masala dosa

Vazhaithandu Masala Dosa - Banana stem dosa recipe

Vazhaithandu Masala Dosa - Banana stem dosa recipe

Vazhaithandu masala dosa recipe - Banana stem masala stuffed dosa for breakfast / dinner

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Dosa Recipe
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Banana stem / Vazhaithandu - 1 no (Medium size), Finely chopped
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilli - 2 nos
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic - 6 cloves
  • Cashew nuts - 3 nos
For Dosa
  • Dosa batter - 2 cups ( I used my idli rava idli batter)
  • Gingely oil or cooking oil or ghee - to drizzle dosa


  1. Wash and chop banana stem into fine pieces.Keep in buttermilk or water.
  2. Grind the masala and keep aside. Heat oil in cooker base.
  3. Saute onion and banana stem pieces. When it turns soft, add the ground masala, garam masala powder.
  4. Saute till raw smell goes off. Add very little water and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles.
  5. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mix well and boil if there is any excess water.
  6. Make the masala thick and spreadable. Keep aside.
  7. Now make thin dosa. After its cooked 3/4th on one side, spread the masala and drizzle oil / ghee around the dosa. Cook for a minute till dosa turns golden in the bottom. Fold the dosa and serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato chutney !


  • Wash and slice the banana stem into thin rings.Discard the thread like portion that comes while slicing the banana stem. Chop the rings finely and keep them immersed in buttermilk( to avoid discoloration) or water. Chop the onion finely and set aside.

  • Heat oil in a cooker base.Saute finely chopped onion and finely chopped banana stem till it turns soft. You can add some salt to quicken the process. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Grind coconut,green chilli, fennel, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Add this paste to the banana stem mixture. Add garam masala powder. Mix till raw smell goes off.

  • Add very little water say 3 tbsp and mix well. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. Remove after the steam is released. Mix well and boil if there is excess water. Make thick masala. You can sprinkle some lemon juice if you like. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and keep the masala ready.

  • Take 2 cups of dosa batter. Dilute it slightly if the batter is too thick. Heat dosa pan. Spread the dosa batter and make it thin. When the top of dosa is 3/4th cooked, spread 2 tbsp of masala in the center of dosa.

  • Drizzle two tsp of oil around the dosa. Cook till the bottom of dosa turns golden. Fold the dosa and remove. Serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • You can also use red chilli powder instead of green chillies.
  • You should chop the banana stem very fine else it would be difficult to eat. Actually I couldn’t chop it fine like hotel.
  • You can use any dosa batter. I used my idli rava idli batter and made dosa with it.

Try this different dosa variety with banana stem and enjoy !
valaithandu masala dosa

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