Vazha pindi kadala parippu kootu ( banana stalk bengal gram )is one of the delicious healthy recipe. This kootu goes well with plain rice or chapatti. Banana stalk is a good source of dietary fiber. It is high in fibre, it acts as a celaxative and can ease constipation. banana stem is rich in potassium and thus if regularly taken, it can cure stomach pains.
1)Finely chopped banana stalk ( 1 pindi ) with fiber removed – 3 cups
Bengal gram dal – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
2 To grind
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds/ Jeera seeds – 1 pinch
Green chillies – 3 – 4 nos
3) For tempering
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Onion finely chopped – 2 dsp
Dry red chillies( cut in to 2 pieces) – 2 nos
Coconut oil – 1 dsp
Pressure Cook bengal gram with water and turmeric powder till a little gravy is left.
Wash the prepared pindi in water mixed with a little buttermilk. Drain the water, squeeze the pindi and separate. Heat 1/2 cup of water. When it boils put the pindi into it, close the pan with a lid and cook. Add the cooked dhal into the cooked pindi.
Grind coconut with jeera, green chillies in a coarsely paste. Mix the grinded masala well and add it to the pindi dhal mixture. Close the lid and allow it to simmer two or three minutes. Remove from fire.
Heat oil , saute mustard, onions, red chillies, and curry leaves. Pour the hot seasoning over the kootu. serve hot.
Recipe source – Mrs K.M Mathews cook book .