Vazhapindi / Banana Stem Pachadi


2 cups vazhapindi / banana stem, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated coconut
2-3 green chillies
1 1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 tsp crushed mustard
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 dry red chillies
salt to taste
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. In a pan, add the chopped banana stem and cook it covered adding 1 cup of water and salt till soft.
  3. Grind together grated coconut and green chillies to a smooth thick paste and then add 1/2 tsp crushed mustard seeds to this and mix well.
  4. Add this ground paste to the cooked banana stem, mix well and cook for 1- 2 minutes.
  5. Then add the beaten yoghurt and mix well. Check for salt and switch off the flame. Don’t allow to boil.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and splutter 1/2 tsp mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves and pour this over the pachadi…Serve with rice… 

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