Vazha pindi muthira thoran / Banana stem horse gram thoran/ healthy recipe


Just like banana fruit, stem of banana is a good source of potassium and vitamin B6. Banana stem is a rich source of fiber, which keeps you satiated for long. Hence if you are on a weight loss journey include banana stem in your diet. Vitamin B6 is helpful in production of hemoglobin. It improves the ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium helps in the functioning of muscles. Banana stem is a diuretic, which in turn helps detoxify the body. It is used to prevent and treat kidney stones.


Horsegram / Muthira  – 3/4 cup

Banana stem/ Vazhapindi  – 4 cups

Grated coconut        –  1 cup

Dry red chillies         –  3 Nos

Cumin seeds            –  1/4 tsp

Pearl onions            –  4 Nos

Garlic                     –   3 Nos

Turmeric powder    – 1/4 tsp

Onion,  chopped      –  1 small

Green chillies, chopped  – 3 nos

Mustard seeds          –  1 tsp

Curry leaves

Salt as needed

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp


Remove the outer skin of  banana stem. Cut it into circles and remove excess fibre with the fingers. Cut it into small cubes. Soak the banana stem cubes in buttermilk. Pressure cook banana stem with one cup of water and salt till 3 whistles. Keep them aside.

Pressure cook horsegram. Keep them aside.

Coarsely grind grated coconut, red chillies, pearl onions, cumin seeds, garlic and turmeric powder. Keep the ground paste aside.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add chopped onion, green chillies and curry leaves. When onion turns light brown in colour, add ground paste and saute them well. Now add cooked banana stem. Mix well. Add cooked lentils. Check for salt and switch off the stove.    

21 thoughts on “Vazha pindi muthira thoran / Banana stem horse gram thoran/ healthy recipe”

  1. We used to enjoy the banana stem very much but its hard to come by these days. After seeing your inviting outcome, I am gonna be on the lookout for the stem and make the same.

  2. Wow, its been ages after I saw banana stem. Very healthy and delicious Beena. I just love it. Thanks for sharing…

  3. My mom used to make a different version with the stem. But yours look more flavorful and yummier. The green lentil is a good idea on this recipe!!
    Lovely thoran.

  4. I am missing this banana stem.. Everytime when I am going to Indian grocery my eyes are looking for this stem.. I wish I could taste your recipe.. Healthy recipe

  5. had heard that banana stem can be used for cooking, but didn't know how. Would like to try the recipe if I can get banana stem here.


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