Vazhaithandu morkootu (வாழைத்தண்டு மோர்க்கூட்டு)
The stem of banana, Vazhaithandu is rich in fibre and is very good for health.
This healthy dish is quite common in my parents’ place and relished by all of us
Banana stem - 1
Toor dall - 2 tsp
Grated coconut - ½ cup
Red chillies - 3
Jeera - ½ tsp
Beaten curd - ¾ cup
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dall - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Soak the toor dall in a cup of water.
Cut the banana stem into tiny pieces and keep it soaked in water to which few teaspoons of buttermilk is added. This is to ensure that the stem does not blacken due to oxidation
Drain the buttermilk water, wash the cut vegetable once again and cook with some water.
Banana stem takes some time to cook. Add salt half way through. Ensure less salt is only added as this vegetable cannot take much salt.
Grind the coconut, soaked dall, red chillies and jeera with some water into a paste. Add this to the cooked banana stem. Keep stirring as this mixture will thicken very fast because of the toor dall in it. After 2-3 minutes, add the beaten curd and switch off gas after one boil
In a kadai add oil, coconut oil tastes very nice, but any cooking oil is okay. Add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add the urad dall. As soon as the urad dall becomes golden brown, take the kadai off the gas, add the curry leaves to it and then add the seasoning on the vegetable.