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Vazhaithandu More Kootu | Plantain Stem Kootu

A healthy and delicious plantain stem / Vazhaithandu gravy/kootu with the fresh ground coconut masala and with the fragrance of coconut oil.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: rice accompaniment, sides
Cuisine: TamilNadu
Keyword: healthy side dish, Plantain Stem Kootu, Vazhaithandu Mor Kootu
Servings: 4
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 3 cups Chopped plantain stem / vazhai thandu
  • 1 cup Thick Yogurt
  • pinch Turmeric Optional
  • Water For steaming the plantain stem
  • 1.5 tsps Salt
  • Curry leaves and cilantro for garnish

To Grind

  • 1/2 cup Grated Coconut heaped
  • 1 Green Chili Big one but adjust according to your preference
  • To temper
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal



  • Pressure cook the chopped plantain stem with water (approx 3 cups), salt and turmeric powder for up to three whistles.
  • Grind the freshly grated coconut and green chili with a little water.
  • Mix this coconut paste with the thick yogurt and make sure the yogurt and the coconut paste are combined nicely.


  • In a heavy bottom pan or kadai, add the cooked plantain. Do not discard the water.
  • Add the yogurt-coconut paste and mix them thoroughly and let it simmer on low heat. Check for salt and add if required.
  • Let this kootu mix simmer for 5 minutes. The kootu will be frothy on top and at this stage turn off the heat.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and curry leaves and in a separate tadka pan, heat the coconut oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, and channa dal and as they start to splutter, add it to the kootu.
  • That's it. Yummy mor kootu is ready. Serve hot with rice.


  • You can prepare similar kootu with ash gourd or chow-chow by replacing vazhai thandu.
  • As we are adding yogurt, do not cook on the medium or high flame. Yogurt might churn.
  • Adding turmeric is entirely optional.
  • Adjust salt and spice as per your preference.
  • I used one big green chili, and it was more than sufficient for us. But if you are using the small ones, you can go up to 2 or 3.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 22.1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.2mg