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Banana Stem Kootu Recipe

Banana Stem Kootu is a popular Indian Side Dish
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On :
Monday, 19 September, 2016
Category :
Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Side Dish Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Simmer Recipe
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Servings :
Serves 4
Rated 4 based on 100 votes

Banana stem kootu recipe is a popular South Indian dish made from banana stem. The nutritious recipe is served as a side dish mostly.

This vegetarian recipe is made in Indian style along with various spices and condiments like mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.

Banana stem is rich source of fibre and this recipe is a healthy option to incorporate fibre in your diet. You can learn how to make it at home with our recipe guide. The banana stem is simmered with a portion of green gram dal or mong dal till it is cooked to perfection. It is best enjoyed with rasam.


  • Tender Banana stem - 1/2 kg
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Green gram (moong) dal - 1/2 cup
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies - 4 to 5
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • How to Make Banana Stem Kootu:

    1. Cut banana stem into thin slices. If long, thread like fibres are seen between the slices, wind them round your forefinger and discard. Very tender stems do not have these fibres.
    2. Chop the slices into tiny pieces.
    3. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds.
    4. When they splutter, add banana stem and turmeric powder.
    5. Add about 1 cup of water and simmer till the banana stem becomes tender.
    6. Wash the dal and cook with 1/2 cup of water till soft but not mushy.
    7. Grind coconut, green chillies, cumin and curry leaves together into a thick, coarse paste.
    8. Add cooked dal and ground paste to banana stem.
    9. Taste and add more salt if needed.
    10. Cover and simmer for 2 more minutes.
    11. Serve hot with steamed rice and rasam.


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