Monday, 10 June 2013

Plantain Stem Sambar Recipe / Vazhai Thandu Sambar recipe

Hi friends,
                   Many of us do not like plantain stem because of its astringent taste. It will become a tasty food, when you add it in the sambar. Plantain stem is very good for our health. We may consume it once in a week.Lets see the health benefits of Plantain Stem.
Health benefits of Plantain Stem:
  • The Plantain Stem is full of  edible fiber which helps to remove wastage from our body smoothly.
  • It is the best food for the people who suffer from obesity, urinary stones, ulcers, burning sensation, diabetes, acidity and bleeding disorders.
  • It helps the kidney to function properly and thereby reduces the high cholesterol level.
Why do we loose such a precious food in our diet. Add it in your diet and get all the benefits. 
Lets see how to make Plantain Stem Sambar.

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 45 min
Serves : 4 persons.

  • Red gram / thuvaram paruppu 150g
  • Plantain stem 1
  • Tomatoes 3
  • Green chillies 4
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • A ladle of oil
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp
  • Split black gram 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek 1/ tsp
  • Onions 4 (or) small onion (sambar onion ) 150g
  • Red chilli powder 2tsp
  • Coriander powder 2tsp
  • A handful of curry leaves and coriander leaves
  • Asafoetida 1/2 tsp
  • A lemon sized tamarind extract
  • Salt to taste
  • Chop the onions, tomatoes and set aside.
  • Peel off the outer layer of plantain stem and cut it in to thin round  pieces.
  • Wash the red gram and add the plantain stem pieces, chopped tomatoes, green chillies and turmeric powder.
  • Add two glasses of water and pressure cook them. Wait for the steam and put the whistle and cook them in a low flame for twenty minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan , add mustard seed, split black gram and fenugreek one by one.
  • Wait till it splutters. Add the chopped onions.
  • Fry them until it turns transparent.
  • Add them in the boild dal and the plantain stem.
  • Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, asafoetida , salt , tamarind extract and the curry leaves. Stir them well without any lumps . Bring it to boil and reduce the flame. 
  • Adjust the spice, water and the salt at this stage.
  • Cook the Plantain Sambar for fifteen minutes in a low flame.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Garnish it with the coriander leaves.
  • Now the tasty and healthy Plantain Sambar is ready.
Serve with:
  • Serve with hot steamed rice and teaspoon of ghee. It goes well with idli, dosa, kichadi, upma.
  • Put some pieces of roti / chapathi in a bowl of hot sambar. Leave it for fifteen minutes and taste it. You'll like the taste of it.
  • Instead of tamarind extract, we may add some pieces of raw mango.
  •  Ready made sambar powder may also be used to make sambar.. But my suggestion is to always use home made masalas which will not harm our stomach.
Keep smiling! Have a nice day!!


  1. first time hearing this recipe neela.. well made..

  2. interesting and yummy sambhar.

  3. Very delicious Sambar..Looks yum Neela

  4. It really tastes well with hot steamed rice and teaspoon of ghee. I like different sambar dishes. It gives all time different yummy and spicy experience. I was searching for such easy food recipe tips and eventually came here.