Vazhapindi-dal rice


Vazhapindi or banana stem is rich in fibers and eases the digestive process. However, kids are usually reluctant to eat dishes cooked with banana stem. Try out this simple recipe of banana stem and dal rice which is delicious and nutritious. Children wouldn't even recognize that banana stem is added to this dish. It is an excellent dish to be packed to school for lunch as well.

Those who are trying to reduce body weight can try this dish as a meal. However, they should reduce the amount of dal and increase the quantity of banana blossom in it.


½ cup yellow dal
½ cup banana stem (chopped)
1 cup boiled rice
5 shallots
2 green chilies
A bunch of curry leaves
A fistful of grated coconut
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt as required


Heat oil in an earthen vessel
Add shallots, green chilies and curry leaves
Sauté well
Add turmeric powder and salt as required
Into it add yellow lentils and banana blossom
Stir well for at least a minute to mix everything together
Add the boiled rice and mix well
Cook for a minute on low flame
This is a simple dish which can be prepared in a jiffy. It is delicious and is packed with nutrients as well.