Vazhathandu or unni pindi (banana stem) is known for its health benefits. Rich in fibre, it is said to have stomach cleansing properties. I usually use it to make either pachadi or thoran. Thoran is nothing but a stir fry which is topped off with grated coconut.
What you need:
Banana stem - 1 medium sized
Red cow peas - 1/4 cup soaked in water overnight (optional)
Coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Green chillies - 2 or 3
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Remove the outer pith from the banana stem. Cut it into thin circles and then into small pieces. Remove any fibre that you can see.
Cook it along with the cow peas in a pressure cooker until one whistle. Drain excess water and keep aside.
Heat the ingredients for the seasoning. When the mustard seeds pop, add the cooked vegetable. Add turmeric powder and salt. Heat thoroughly so that there is no trace of water. Grind the coconut and green chillies together without adding any water. Mix this into the thoran and stir well.
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