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Banana Stem Chutney (Vazhaithandu Thogayal)


Banana Stem Chutney (Vazhaithandu Thogayal)

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 2 to 4 people
  • Spice Level: Low

Authenticity Slice

Take care to use only fresh banana stems to prepare the Thogayal or it will not taste as good as it ideally can.

Trivia Tadka

Banana stem is known as ‘vazhaithandu’ in Tamil and is a very nutritious root to consume. It is used in soups, stews and curries. This Thogayal, prepared with banana stem, is an easy-to-prepare and tasty dish. Since raw plantain stems are found in abundance in Tamil Nadu and are known for their medicinal value, it is advised to consume them on a regular basis.


  • Raw banana stem/plantain stem (1)
  • Dry red chillies (sabut lal mirch) (3 to 4)
  • Tamarind (imli), de-seeded (small, lemon-sized)
  • Black gram (urad dal) (1 tsp)
  • Asafoetida (hing) (2 to 3 pinches)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (1 to 2 tbsp)


  • Remove the thread like portion from the banana stems and chop finely.
  • Soak the chopped pieces in water and keep them aside.
  • In a pan, add 1 tsp of oil and roast the dal, lal mirch and hing. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai. Then, toss in the chopped stems after draining out the water.
  • Next, add some salt and keep sautéing till it is completely cooked and the quantity has reduced to half the original amount. Keep aside to cool.
  • Grind the cooked stems with all the ingredients and tamarind into a smooth paste. Add in a little water, if required.
  • Use as a side dish with rasam rice or curd rice.

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