Vaazhai thandu sadam – Banana stem rice

One of the recent addition to my cookbook collection is “Ulaga Pramugargal rasitha thathuva nyani veetu samayal” by Parameswaran. Have not read much but always adored J. Krishnamurthy, when came across this book I immediately picked it up. Thiru Parameswaran have lived with the Philosopher till his last days and not only have shared several recipes that had impressed him but also the everyday happenings in a humble tone.

Vaazhai thandu sadam

One of the recipe that got my attention is this rice with Banana stem. Banana stem has great nutrient values and very good to dissolve undigested salts in the blood. The raw juice is given to patients who suffer from kidney stones. But the usual saute we make at home is a less impressive dish for the kids. But this rice turned to be a wonderful treat to everybody at home and now this will be regular in our menus.

Vaazha thandu sadam – Banana stem rice

Ingredients :
Banana stem (tender one)  cleaned, strings removed to the maximum and chopped to  1/4 inch piece – 1 Cup
Raw rice – 2 Cups
Coconut milk – 1 Cup
Salt to taste
For the seasoning:
Peanut oil – 2 teaspoon
Ghee – 1 Table spoon
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Mustard seeds – 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida – 3 pinches
Roasted cashew – 2 Table spoon
Urad dal – 1 Table spoon
Chana dal – 1 Table spoon
Fresh grated coconut – 1 Cup

How to make ?
Wash the rice, add 4 Cups of water, 1 Cup of thick coconut milk, chopped vazhai thandu and salt and cook in pressure cooker till done. In the meantime heat the peanut oil and ghee, add all the ingredients under “For the seasoning” and saute till the grated coconut turns pinkish and the mix is dry. Take care not to burn it. Once the cooker is opened transfer the rice to a bigger vessel, add the seasoning mix and mix gently with a back of the big spoon. Serve hot with a spicy curry.

We had it with a Ladies finger thokku. It was mild but complete and the crunchy vaazhai thandu very well got mingled with the rice. The coconut flavor was bit on the higher side but I completely enjoyed it with the ladies finger curry.


3 comments on “Vaazhai thandu sadam – Banana stem rice

  1. raw rice means pacchaarisi

  2. where we can purchase the cookbook mentioned above? can you list other cookbooks on tamil vegetarian cooking you recommend?

  3. i prepared this receipe. nice to eat. thanks.

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