Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Banana Stem Dry Curry ( Baale Dindina Palya)

Ready To Serve Banana Stem Dry Curry
Banana stem dry curry is a side dish and it is one of the healthy dish. Banana stem is used for preparing curries, salads and many more items. It is said that Banana Stem should be eaten at least once a year to cleaning the whole body.
 I have prepared dry curry which can be served as side dish and it goes well with chapatis, rotis, pooris and with plain rice.
Banana Stem is called Baale Dindu in Kannad, Vazhapindi in Malayalam, Vaalethandu - Tamil and Tandal or Tana or Haalm in Hindi.
Lets see some benefits of eating Banana Stem in our diet. 
Banana stem is a rich source of fiber and it helps to ease constipation. It is also a rich source of potassium and Vitamin B6. It helps to produce of haemoglobin and insulin. It helps the body to fight against infection. Potassium helps in the proper functioning of muscles. It also helps to prevent high blood pressure and maintain fluid balance within the body. Banana stem is said to be a diuretic (helps get rid of extra water (urine in the body ) and and helps to detoxify the body. Banana stem is used for prevent and treat kidney stones.  
You need to wash and remove many folders of the stem and finally you will see the usable vegetable. Wash it nicely and cut them into small pieces. (take away the fiber thread which occurs while cutting. Just take away from your finger. Roll them on your finger while cutting.  Soak the cut banana stem pieces in Butter milk. It helps to retain the white colour of banana stem. Or it turns brown or black. You can soak them in plain water too. ( but better soak in sour butter milk).
No onions or garlic is used in this dish.

Things Needed : 

Banana Stem : 2 cups ( around 1 Meter  stem)
Coconut: 1/2 Cup
Lemon juice : 1 Table spoon
Green Chilly : 2
Oil : 1 Table spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 5 to 6
Coriander Leaves : 2 Table spoons
Salt : Required
Turmeric powder : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and remove the inner stem and wash it again. Wash green chilly coriander leaves and curry leaves.
2. Cut it into small pieces and put it in water or butter milk. ( I used water). cut green chilly and coriander leaves.

3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.Squeeze out the lemon juice and keep it aside.
4. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard and urid dal. Let mustard seeds splutter.
5. Add jeera and cut green chilly. Fry for 10 seconds. Add curry leaves.
6. Squeeze out the water from the pieces of banana stem and add it to mustard mixture.
7. Mix it well and add  1/2 cup of water. Add little turmeric powder, cover it and cook till they turn soft.
8. Add salt and mix it once the pieces turn soft.
9. Cook on low flame and add grated coconut. Put off the fire and add lemon juice.
10. Mix it well and shift the ready Banana Stem Dry Curry to a serving dish.  Serve with the main dish you prepared.

Note :

You can cut them in to small so that it cooks faster. Do not add more water it may not taste good. Adding more oil is optional. Adding garlic or onions are also optional. Adding little garam masala also adds to the taste.
Time : 30 minutes . (preparation 15 minutes + cooking time 15 minutes). 
Serves : 3 to 4 .


  1. Very healthy curry ..Nice step wise pìcs..

    1. Thank you Dear..Usha .... it is one of the healthy curry..:)

  2. Delicious my favorite, amma makes both dry curry with it and liquid curry with curd I miss them here.

  3. Thank You Swathi Iyer..for the sweet comment..

  4. It looks delicious. Very nice. :)

  5. Thank you so much
    Me and my Amma both Learnt new recipe as we were unaware of the dishes from Banana stem.

    1. Thank You Tulsi ..for trying out ..But not to eat regularly since it causes heat to body ..once in a month will be fine I think.

  6. I eat banana stem my urine color was change what is the reason

    1. Do not eat too much..It may be because of heat. Use it once a month. That will be fine.


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