Banana Stem Curry (Vazhaithandu Curry)

Banana Stem Curry (Vazhaithandu Curry)

Complexity: 2/5

Introduction

Banana stem is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that is popular in Indian cuisine. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, and magnesium, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, and curries.

This banana stem curry recipe is a simple and easy way to enjoy this delicious vegetable. It is perfect for beginners to Indian cooking, as it requires only a few ingredients and is easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana stem, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. Remove the bitterness from the banana stem: Soak the banana stem slices in water with a little bit of salt for 30 minutes. This will help to remove the bitterness from the banana stem.
  2. Cook the banana stem: Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, and turmeric powder and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the spices: Add the coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, and chilli powder (if using) and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the banana stem: Add the banana stem slices to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
  5. Add the coconut milk: Add the grated coconut and cilantro to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and serve: Season with salt to taste and serve hot with rice or roti.

Tips

  • If you want a richer curry, you can add a tablespoon of yoghurt or cream to the pan along with the coconut milk.
  • If you don't have garam masala powder, you can substitute a mixture of ground coriander, cumin, and cardamom.
  • You can also add other vegetables to this curry, such as potatoes, carrots, or peas.
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