Vazhaithandu Sambar | Plantain Stem / Banana Stem Sambar Recipe


Vazhaithandu Sambar or Plantain stem sambar is one of the tasty sambar made using Banana stem which gives a nice aroma and taste to the Sambar. This Banana stem or vazhaithandu has got many medicinal values. The traditional Vazhaithandu Sambar is an excellent side dish for Idli, dosa, poori, vada, bonda and even white rice. Read the recipe to know the preparation.

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Health Benefits of Plantain Stem

  • Helps to relieve from constipation
  • heals stomach pain
  • Manages cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps to relieve pain from UTI

Vazhaithandu Sambar
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Ingredients for making Vazhaithandu Sambar 

Toor Dal – 1 cup
Small Onions – 10
Green Chilly - 1
Tomato – 1 big sized
Plantain Stem / Vazhaithandu  -  1 no 
Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp.
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp.
Sambar powder – 1 tbsp.
Tamarind extract – 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
Coriander leaves – just to garnish
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste

To Temper:
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Hing – a generous pinch
Red Chillies – 1

Method for making Vazhaithandu Sambar

1. Soak Toor dal in water for 15 minutes and then Cook with a pinch of turmeric powder and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker. Allow for 4-5 whistles or until mushy. Mash it well with a laddle, Set aside. 

2. Rinse and peel the outer skin of Plantain stem and slice them into round pieces.

3. Heat oil in a kadai, splutter the mustard seeds, add all the other ingredients given under to temper. Then add small onions and saute well. Now add green chillies and chopped tomatoes and saute well.

4. Next add chopped Palntain stem and saute for 2 minutes and then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, required amount of salt and saute well. Then add 1 cup of water and allow this to boil for 5 minutes.

5. Next add the mashed dal and allow it to boil for 2 minutes let it boil and then mix sambar powder in water and add to the boiling content.

6. Now add the tamarind extract allow it to boil for a 5-10 mins till it reaches sambar consistency. Adjust salt at this stage.

7. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch it off.

Serve hot with white rice and any varuval or poriyal of your choice.

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