Vazhapindi / Banana Stem Chutney


3/4 cup banana stem/ vazhapindi, chopped
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 inch ginger, chopped
5 dry red chillies
small piece tamarind
1 1/2 tbsp urad dal
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
2 1/2 tsp oil


  1. Cut the banana stem into rounds and pull the fibre from the edges using fingers and remove them. Then chop into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan and roast urad dal, dry red chillies and tamarind together till the dal starts to get golden colour.
  3. Then add ginger and asafoetida and cook for just fifteen seconds and switch off the flame. Transfer this to a plate and allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Once the mixture cools down, add this to the blender along with chopped banana stem and grated coconut and pulse / grind it to make a powder.
  5. Then add some salt and water to this and grind it to make a fine paste.
  6. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves. 
  7. Pour the seasoning over the chutney,mix well and serve with idli/ dosa….
Recipe adapted from here….

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