Vazhai Thandu (valaithandu, Banana Stem) Poriyal

I like Vazhai Thandu. This I Get only if I go to little India. However for the past few trips I keep picking up Vazhai Poo (as it was fresh and in right size). Since both of these vegetables need to be made immediately (cannot keep for more than a day) I keep picking up Poo(flower) over stem. This time I was determined to pick up the Vazhai thandu as I started to crave for it. I manage to find this over the weekend and made poriyal out of it. It is so delicious and satisfying:-)

Banana Stem – 1’ lenth
Red chillies – 4
Moong Dhal - 1/2 Cup
Salt – ½ teaspoon
Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
Mustard  Seeds– ½ teaspoon
Oil – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoonCurry Leaves - few


Make round slices of the banana stem, remove the fibers and cut it into long stripes. 
Put it in the water which is mixed with 2 tablespoon of buttermilk.
Cook Moong Dhal 3/4th keep it aside

In a kadai put the oil and add mustard seeds and when it pops up add the chillies broken into small bits and urad dhal and fry till it turns light brown. 
Add curry leaves and fry for a while. 
Add the Banana stem pieces along with salt and turmeric powder. 
Sprinkle a handful of water and cover with a lid. Cook for few minutes. Open the lid and stir well.When It is half done add Moong dhal. 
 Cook till the banana stems are soft and all the water is absorbed.