Monday, February 25, 2013

Arathidhoota Pappu/Banana Stem Dal

 Last week,my parents came from India and i bugged them to bring me some fresh veggies, one among them is super fresh banana stem. I cooked this delicious dal with those fresh banana stem for our lunch. As am running my fourth week of blogging marathon with cooking with cookbooks as theme, i chosed this pappu from Cooking at home with Pedatha by Jigyasa Giri and Prathibha Jain. Actually i won this book through an event before two years and the authors send this book to my sister who is living in India,she received this book on behalf of me.Finally during their latest trip to India, my parents brought me this cooking at home with Pedatha cookbook and two more cookbooks i won through few more events from India, as my sister received them at her place.

Finally i cooked this healthy,comforting and delicious pappu from this book.This tasty dal goes for a simple preparation and tastes simply awesome when served along with rice and spicy potato fries. Usually i make a simple stir fry or a simple kootu with this healthy banana stem, if you want to give a change to your usual dishes with banana stem,do try this super comforting,fingerlicking pappu.Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#25.

2cups Banana stem (chopped as small cubes)
1cup Toor dal
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
2tbsp Tamarind pulp
1tsp Jaggery
1tsp Mustard seeds+urad dal
1tsp Fenugreek seeds
3nos Dry red chillies
Few curry leaes
1/2tsp Asafoetida powder

Pressure cook the toor dal with enough water upto three whistles, if the dal is thick add more water,churn well and keep aside.

Heat enough oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds,urad dal,fenugreek seeds, fry until they turns brown, add the dry red chillies,curry leaves and asafoetida powder,fry for few minutes.

Add the chopped banana stem and cook for few more minutes.

Now add the turmeric powder, tamarind pulp,jaggery,salt and cook until the vegetable is well cooked.

Finally the cooked dal,cook in simmer for few minutes.

Serve hot with rice and spicy side dishes.


  1. Wow! Never cooked with Arathi Dootha! My mom makes raitha but never tasted pappu.

  2. Delicious dal...banana stem is one of my favorite veggies

  3. Tur dal with banana stem is a new dish for me. Looks fabulous Priya. A must try recipe...

  4. Tempting yummy to eat with hot rice.

  5. Woww... Wonderful and delicious recipe.. looks great :)

  6. Arati Dhoota..a good cleanser of the digestive system,sounds delicious ,colourful too.

  7. I've never tried kootu with banana stem, this looks awesome..

  8. wooo looks so tempting :)

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  9. my mum makes the same way,she uses moong dhall instead.banana stem very healthy,

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  10. Very tasty and comforting dal.

  11. Yummy.
    Your post made me nostalgic. I do remember eating dishes made with banana stem / flower at my maternal grandma's home.

  12. Healthy recipe & nice click too!!

  13. Looks wholesome and delicious!!

  14. Nice to read your parents came for a visit.It seems you are super excited.making good use of everything they brought..this one is especially nice combo.

  15. Inviting....

  16. Unique & delicious dal!!!
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  17. Love banana stem i all types of dishes. THis pappu with the stem looks nice...

  18. Amma makes nice thoran and kichadi with banana stem, but she has never made dal with it. Looks nice. And I love your new clicks and the wooden props too :)

  19. Thanks for sharing this priya. There is plenty of these stems available at my place but i do not know how to cook it. will try your recipe soon

  20. super healthy and such a comfort food!!! i have also tried a few recipes from "Cooking with Pedatha" book and they were so authentic!!!
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  21. I have only used banana stem in Malaysian and Thai salads - must try it your way

  22. Tasty and a different dal all together.

  23. Banana stem with dal is new to me. It's a healthy one, I love banana stem juice, missing that now.

  24. Cooking with Pedatha is one of my go-to cookbooks.. Aratiduta kura looks amazing.
    Enjoy your time with ur parents.

  25. Love anything with banana stem. This is such a comfort food :)

  26. Banana stem curry looks very nice. Happy to see this. I too wanna buy that cook book from Ms.Pedatha for a long time:).

  27. Very healthy recipe Priya. One of our fav.

  28. Healthy curry. I love the way you have pictured this.


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