Plantain Stem Sambar - My Mom's Favorite:)

Vazhai Thandu Sambar:

Other Names: Banana Tree's inner Stem in Lentil's based Curry.


Plantain stem - tender, sliced
Thuvar Dal 1 cup
Onion 1 large
Tomato 1 large
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Sambar Powder(home made) 1-2 spoons
Tamarind paste 1 spoon
Ghee or oil few spoons
Cilantro leaves to garnish.

For Tempering:

Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Ghee/ Oil few spoons.


In a pressure cooker, add thuvar dal + salt + few spoons of oil. Pressure cook till tender. Maybe for 3-6 whistles. Set aside.

In a large crock pot, heat ghee. Add onions and fry till it is translucent.

Then add tomatoes and fry till they wilt. Add salt, turmeric and chili powder to this. Fry for about 2 minutes.

Add sliced plantain stem and cooked thuvar dal now. Bring this to boil. Add tamarind paste and sambar powder and cilantro leaves. Cook briefly and remove from heat.

In a separate pan, heat oil and fry the tempering items. Tun this tempered spices over the sambar prepared.


sangee vijay said...

this is absoulutely a healthy sambar...here do u get plantain stem??? enakku romba pidikkum but saapittu 4 yrskku mela aaguthu..plaintain stem sambar is really a new recipe to me...i use to add it in poriyal,kootu n avial only...sambar is innovative :) Kalakkunga !!!

aipi said...

I could have never thought of this combination but it would be Yummy!
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

It has been ages since I had these stems. Mom used to cook with them.

Gayathri Anand said...

haven't tried making sambhar with this ...looks so yummy

Jay said...

wow...sounds healthy n delicious..
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Biny Anoop said...

wow dear yummy sambhar

simply.food said...

Interesting dish I have not tried it before.

Suja said...

Sounds delicious and healthy sambar..yummy

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Yummy Sambar..reminds me of Mom's cooking..

Sobha Shyam said...

I had this long back when my grandmother prepared it...thanx for reminding me the good old days !! Great recipe.

Madhu said...

Wow, didnt know we can make sambar out of plantain stem. My hubby would love it.


romba nalla irukku...Looks so tempting...

divya said...

wow..very interesting and healthy too.. looks so yummy..

Raji said...

Long time I havent had this...your sambar is making me want these.

Swathi said...

Plantain stem sambar looks awesome delicious.

RS said...

Lip Smacking sambar:)