Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe - Tamil Nadu Style Dry Banana Stem Fry

Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe, is a healthy banana stem stir fry recipe which can be packed in your Lunch Box or be served as a side dish with your South Indian meals.

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Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe - Tamil Nadu Style Dry Banana Stem Fry
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Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe is a simple and quick Tamil Nadu recipe made with fibrous banana stem tossed in simple spice powders and seasonings. Poriyal is generally from Tamil Nadu.

Anything that is dry and is eaten as side dish is called Poriyal. Usually the household in Tamil Nadu add grated coconut in most of their dry dish in order to give in an extra crunch and richness to the whole dish.

Serve the Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe along with Steamed RiceParappu Rasam and Elai Vadam to enjoy your Lunch meal. 

If you are looking for more South Indian Recipes, here are some:

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  2. Thattai Recipe (Crispy South Indian Savory Crackers)
  3. Spicy Tomato Pickle Recipe (South Indian Thakkali Thokku)

Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 300 grams Banana Stem , cut into small dices and soaked in buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
  • Oil , for cooking
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe - Tamil Nadu Style Dry Banana Stem Fry

  1. To begin making the Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe, firstly pressure cook the banana stem along with the buttermilk, salt and turmeric powder for about 1 whistle. Release the pressure naturally and drain the water out.

  2. Heat a skillet with oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let the mustard seeds crackle.

  3. Once done, add the cooked Banana stem and mix everything properly.

  4. After a minute, add in the green chili, salt to taste and give it a mix. Let it cook for about 2 minutes. 

  5. After 2 minutes, add in the grated coconut and give it stir fry for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, switch off the stove and it is ready to be served.

  6. Serve the Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe along with Steamed RiceParappu Rasam and Elai Vadam to enjoy your Lunch meal.