Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kerala Culture

Banana Stem (Vazhathada) Thoran


Chopped banana stem (the thread should be removed by rolling it on the fingers) – 2 cups
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Chili powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Garlic – 4 pods
Oil – as required
Salt – as required
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – as required
Dried red chilies – 3 nos
Curry leaves – as required
Oil – as required

Method of Preparation:

In a pan, add oil and splutter mustard seeds and urad dal. Add dried red chilies and curry leaves. When urad dal turns golden brown, add banana stem, salt, turmeric and chili powder. Close the lid and cook it. To this add coarsely ground mixture of coconut, cumin seeds, garlic and curry leaves. Mix well till all water dries up.


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