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Banana Stem Rice - Vazhaithandu Rice - Valai thandu Rice - Valaithandu rice - plantain stem rice - Healthy rice recipe

Every Sunday I make variety rice. I wanted something very different and with unusual vegetables. I had banana stem and decided to do rice with it. It is perfect for lunch box. I have used butter milk in this also. Even though I have decided to do it I was nervous on whether it will come out good or not. It came out pretty good. My kids could not even realize what vegetable is in the rice..

Bastmati rice - 1 cup
butter milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Salt per taste
Cumin seed powders - 1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds powder - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Garlic and ginger paste - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Onion - 1 (Slice thinly)
Bay leaf - 1
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Coriander Leaves - 2 tablespoon (finely chopped)


Wash and soak bastmati rice for 10 mins. Drain the water and leave it aside. Cut the banana stem (remove the fiber and cut into small pieces and soak it in lemon water or buttermilk water). Cook banana stem in pressure cooker ( I cooked till 2 whistles). Heat the kada and oil. Add bay leaf, clove, cinnamon and fry till nice aroma comes.
Add Onion and fry till it is brown. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry till raw small goes off. Add banana stem, all the masala powders and mix well and cook it with salt. 
Once cooked add butter milk and water. Boil it
Now time to add rice
Close the lid  and cook the rice. Add finely chopped Mint leaves and mix well.
Enjoy it with your favourite raita

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  1. Totally different variety rice. vazhaithandu given such a spicy yummy makeover. will try for sure.

  2. that sounds really interesting... good way of using banana stem...

  3. vazhaithandu rice looks super yumm.will try when i bought this one

  4. Very innovative recipes, sounds delicious and healthy too..

  5. rice n vazhathandu combo is unique to me but looks a tempting one to try!

  6. Wow u are brave Veena to give the vazhaithandu such a face lift.The rice looks yummm.


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