Vazhapindi-Thuvaraparippu Thoran (Banana Stem-Toor Dal Poriyal)


      There are lots of dishes that one could try with banana stem. Banana stem has lots of fibre and aids weight loss. It also helps eliminate toxins from the body. It is usually taken in the juice form to treat kidney stones. Try to include banana stem at least once a week  as it is so good for your health. Here is the recipe for a healthy and delicious thoran using banana stem.

Vazhapindi - toor dal thoran


  1. Vazhapindi (chopped finely) –  Around 2.5 cups
  2. Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  4. Grated coconut – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  5. Garlic – 2-3 pods
  6. Green chillies – 3-4
  7. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  8. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  9. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  10. Dry red chillies -2
  11. Salt – To taste
  12. Oil – As required




1. Clean the banana stem, cut into round pieces while removing the fibres with your forefingers.

2. Cook the toor dal and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, add dry red chillies. Now add the finely chopped banana stem, curry leaves, turmeric powder and salt. Cover and cook for around 8-10 mts.


4. Crush the grated coconut with garlic, cumin seeds and green chillies in a mixer. Now add the crushed coconut mixture to the cooked banana stem. Mix well and saute until dry and add the cooked toor dal. Again mix well and cook for a few more minutes and switch off.




Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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