Wednesday, May 18, 2016


#MurungaiKeeraiVazhaithanduPoriyal  [ #DrumstickLeafBananastemPoriyal ] : Nowadays I am experimenting different combo poriyals and curries to get the goodness of all the vegetables and greens. This poriyal is a combo of vazhaithandu [ banana stem ], carrot and murungai keerai and carrot. Murungai keerai and carrot are full of vitamin A and vazhaithandu being a diuretic with lots of fiber.

murungai keerai vazhaithandu poriyal [ drumstick leaf banana stem stir fry ]

Ingredients :
1 cupMurungai keerai [ drumstick leaf ]
6 - 7 cm longVazhaithandu [ banana stem ]
1 TbspCarrot grated
1 small sizeOnion, chop thinly
2 TbspCoconut scrapping
1 Green chilly
1 Red chilly
1/2 TspMustard seed
1 TspBlack gram split [ urad dhal ]
1 TspOil
3/4 TspSalt [ adjust ]

Method :
Take 6 - 7 cm long vazhai thandu [ banana stem ]

Peel off skin lengthwise.

Cut one circular piece horizontally ( cross cut ) and you could see fibers holding the piece onto the stem. Remove those fibers by pulling out that piece from the stem. 

Removing vazhaithandu fiber

Wind the fiber onto your fore finger.

Again cut next piece, pull out and remove fiber. Repeat the procedure to remove fiber from the stem.

Place all the circular pieces of the stem in a very thin ( watery ) butter milk or simply in plain water to avoid decolorization of vazhaithandu pieces .

Now chop all the pieces into long thin pieces ( julians ) and again put in the same vessel containing water or thin buttermilk.

Wash murungai keerai two or three times in a wide mouthed vessel with water.
Chop it and set aside.

Heat kadai on a stove over low to medium flame with oil.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add broken pieces of red chilly and urad dhal.
Slit green chilly lengthwise and add once urad dhal turns golden color.
Now add onon and saute for half a minute.
Add vazhaithandu and carrot.
Saute for a minute.
Then add chopped murungai keerai and required amount of salt.
Mix well and close with a lid.
Cook till murungai keerai becomes soft.
Adjust salt and add coconut.
Toss well with ladle and turn off the stove.
Transfer into a serving bowl.

A spicy n tasty murungai keerai vazhai thandu poriyal ready.
It goes well with sambar and rasam rice.

murungai keerai vazhaithandu poriyal [ drumstick leaf banana stem stir fry ]

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