Monday, September 5, 2011

Banana Pith Fry / Valathandu poriyal

  • 1 Banana Pith or stem
  • 1/2 cup Onion finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp Chana dhal
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Salt to taste

  1. Take the banana pith/stem and peel the outer layers until the inner white core is formed.
  2. Now wash and cut into thin circles.
  3. While cutting each circles thin strand of fibres are visible, roll your fingers over it and discard the fibres.
  4. Proceed this step with each circles.
  5. Now chop into small cubes.
  6. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1tsp salt.
  7. Rub on these pieces and allow it to rest for 5-10 mins.
  8. Now squeeze out the excess water and wash thoroughly.
  9. Pressure cook these washed pieces along with 2 tbsp water, salt, turmeric powder and chili powder for 1 whistle and keep aside.
  10. Now heat a frying pan, add oil, when hot add mustard seeds.
  11. When the seeds splutter add chana dhal and curry leaf.
  12. Add onions and fry until golden brown.
  13. Now add the cooked banana pith and fry till all water is evaporated.
  14. Switch off the flame and add coconut and coriander leaves.
  15. Mix them well and serve hot as a side dish.
  1. Those suffering with Kidney stones can have this dish often. Its rich source of fibre helps to dissolve the stones.

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