Vazhaithandu Chutney - Banana Stem Chutney Recipe
Recipe type: Chutney
Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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Serves: 1 cup
Recipe for a very healthy chutney made with vazhaithandu - banana stem. Recipe with step by step pictures.
For the chutney
  • 1 cup chopped vazhaithandu / banana stem
  • 1 teaspoon Indian sesame oil (gingely oil)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon toor dal
  • 3-4 dried chillies
  • ½ cup fresh shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon rock salt
  • a small marble size tamarind
For the tempering
  • 1 teaspoon Indian sesame oil (gingely oil)
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • a pinch of asafoetida
For the chutney
  1. Clean, prep and chop the banana stem and add it to water. I add a little vinegar / buttermilk to the water to avoid the banana stem from getting discoloured.
  2. Heat sesame oil (Indian gingely oil) in a pan and add in the curry leaves, toor dal and dried red chillies. Saute on a low flame till the dal is slightly roasted and brown in colour.
  3. Add in the fresh shredded coconut and the cut banana stem. Just saute for a minute. Add in the salt and tamarind. Remove from heat and transfer the ingredients to a mixie.
  4. Add half cup of water to the pan and wash (deglaze), add it back to the mixie.
  5. Grind everything to a fine paste.
  1. Heat oil in a pan and add in the urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, red chillies and a pinch of asafoetida. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add it to the chutney.
Recipe by Kannamma Cooks at