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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kadali Manja Tarkari ( Banana Stem Curry )

Cooking Time Required: 25-30 mins ( Take it to be 1 hour including preparation )
Cost of preparation: 50-55 Rupees

Ingredients: Banana Stem ( 8 inch long ), potato ( 1 no., medium ), onion ( 1 no., medium ), pancha phutana ( 1/3 tsp ), dry red chillis ( 3 nos ), coriander seeds ( 1 tsp ), cumin seeds ( 1/2 tsp ), cardamon ( 2 nos ), cinnamon stick ( 1 inch ), ginger-garlic paste ( 1 tsp ), garlic flakes ( 5 nos ), bay leaf ( 2 nos), turmeric, salt, oil for cooking ( 5 tsp ).

Preparation: This is the most time consuming process. Clean and cut the banana stem into thin circles.

After cutting one circle, one can feel the fibres when it tries to separate it from the remaining stem. Move you fingers in a circlar motion and remove as much of the fibres as you can.

Cut the circles into small pieces. Add salt and turmeric and keep aside for half an hour.

After half an hour, squeeze out all the water from the banana stem pieces using both hands.

Cut the onions into thin and small pieces . Cut the potato ito small cubes.

Grind the garlic cloves, cardamon , cinnamon, cumin and coriander into a smooth paste along with two of the red chillis.

Cooking: Heat 5 tsp oil in a wok. Add the pancha phutana, bay leaves and one red chilli. Follow with the onion pieces and fry till it turns brownish.

Add the masala paste with ginger-garlic paste and turmeric and fry till the raw smell goes off. Add the potato cubes and stir fry for 5 mins.

Add the squeezed out banana stem pieces and stir fry till it is almost cooked. Time taken will depend on the tenderness of the banana stem. If its very tender it will take about 8-9 mins but if it a not so tender this time may increase to 15-17 mins.

Add 1/2 cup of water and cover with a tight lid. Cook for 5 mins.

Remove from fire. Serve hot with rice.

I am sending this to A.W.E.D. - Indian Cuisine - hosted by Ayeesha.


  1. this looks delicious lovely combination

  2. Looks lovely .I prepare it in a different way .Must try your version

  3. Love those spices gone into the curry...luks perfect.

  4. Thank you for sending this yummy dish to AWED :)

  5. this is so delicious...my mom used 2 cook it 4 me after visiting dis site...:)

  6. Thanks Ispita!! I am delighted that you tried out this recipe & loved it too!!


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