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Banana Stem Soup- Vazhaithandu Soup- Valai thandu Soup- Valaithandu Soup - plantain stem Soup- Healthy Soup Recipe

I wanted to try some soup which can be one pot meal. I vaguely remember a soup my mum cook made sometime ago. I just added 2 spoons of cooked quinoa so that I can have this as a meal. If you prefer you can use Rice, or any cooked millet in the place of Quinoa. Actually this combo worked well and bowl of this soup kept me full from lunch to dinner. You can totally skip the rice part too

Vazhaithandu / Banana stem - 1.5 cups
Cooked rice / Quinoa / Millets - 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf - 1
Onion - 1 (sliced thinly)
Salt to taste
Roasted Cumin seeds powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper powder  to taste
Oil - 1.5 teaspoon
Cabbage - 2 tablespoon (optional)
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)


Heat a teaspoon of oil. Add onion fry till transpraent. Add Banana stem and Salt. Fry till it is soft about 2 mins. Add Cabbage and let it cook
Let it cool down and grind to paste with enough water. Squeeze the juice out of it. Heat rest of the oil. Add bay leaf, Cumin seed powder, pepper powder. cook for a min
Add Cooked quinoa or rice or millet if using and coriander leaves. Boil for 2-3 mins.
Switch it off and serve hot 

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  1. this soup looks delicious and healthy..

  2. Wow, vazhaithandu soup, very innovative and interesting..

  3. Such a healthy soup.. a very different soup recipe.


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