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Pindi Vanpayar Thoran ! (Banana Stem & Cow peas cooked dry with coconut)

High in fibre,banana stem is healthy and tasty when converted to a dish.Here is a dry preparation from Kerala,popularly known as thoran.Addition of cow peas enhances the taste of thoran.Roasted with subtle spices and coconut,it’s a true pleasure having even as a snack ! Recipe follows :


1.5 cup chopped banana stem/vazhapindi
1/2 cup cow peas,soaked overnight and cooked (not mushy.don’t overcook)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves of garlic chopped
handful of shallots sliced
2 tbsp crushed chilly
2 sprig curry leaves
1/4 cup grated coconut


Heat oil in a kadai/medium skillet and splutter mustard seeds,cumin seeds and curry leaves.Add chopped garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.Throw the sliced shallots and crushed chilly (chilly flakes).Roast till the shallots turn light brown and brings out an aroma.Add chopped banana stem and sauté well.Bring it to centre and keep closed.Cook in law flame for about 5-7 minutes.The stem pieces will release the water to cook.Now add the cooked cow peas and salt.Mix well and again cook closed for 4-5 minutes.Finally mix in the grated coconut. Sauté and cook with out lid for 2 minutes.Check salt and serve with rice /dosa/chapathi.


14 comments on “Pindi Vanpayar Thoran ! (Banana Stem & Cow peas cooked dry with coconut)

  1. Rinku Naveen
    July 4, 2011

    Wow that sure looks packed with nutrients!!


  2. Elisabeth
    July 4, 2011

    So healthy, and delicious. Love all the flavor combinations!
    I'm your newest follower, stopped over from Priya's guest post!
    Lovely space, you have here:DDD


  3. anilkurup
    July 4, 2011

    Your posts are making things difficult for me , now that I'm far from home!


  4. Reva
    July 4, 2011

    Wow, this is a new recipe combination… lovely:) I am going to India next week .. will surely try this one.. Thanks for sharing dear…


  5. Insignia
    July 4, 2011

    Banana stem is a good source of fiber. But I have always refrained from eating them. This recipe seems yumm yumm….You are tempting me 🙂


  6. Vidhya
    July 5, 2011

    This is one of my childhood favorites.Nice post.


  7. aipi
    July 5, 2011

    What a great great recipe ~ never heard or tasted anything like this before but with all the healthy n yummy ingredients going in there ~ I am sure I am going to love it!
    US Masala


  8. Sharmilee! :)
    July 5, 2011

    Just need rice to finish off that bowl 🙂


  9. Mugdha
    July 5, 2011

    healthy,delicious and yummy..:)


  10. Suja
    July 5, 2011

    Healthy and delicious thoran..love the combo.


  11. Priya
    July 5, 2011

    Looks delicious,healthy n yummy..soo tempting..


  12. ente pachakasala
    July 6, 2011

    healthy n delicious


  13. JishasKitchen
    July 12, 2011

    wow..awesome recipe..my mil always makes vazhapindi thoran…very healthy and delicious…I am sure adding cow peas must have enhanced its taste…


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