Simple Lunch Menu 8

Another simple South Indian lunch menu from my kitchen.
The best thing about South Indian cooking is that the amount of oil used for cooking is very less. Oil is basically used only for tempering.

Generally when I make morekuzhambhu( South Indian Kadhi), I add tomatoes to it. Today, I have added banana stem. Bansna stem is known as vaazhathandu in Tamil.

Banana stem is very healthy vegetable but my kids are not so fond of it. Since they like morekuzhambhu very much, I thought of combining both to make it more appealing for them.

Today’s lunch menu


Vendaikai curry ( ladies finger / bhindi dry curry)

Vaazhathandu morekuzhambhu ( banana stem Kadhi)

Pudina kothamalli thogayal ( mint and coriander chutney)


Rice, yogurt, cornflakes mixture and peanut chikki

Vendaikai Curry



Vendaikai- 1/2 kg

Oil – 2 tsps

Mustard – 1 tsp

Split urad dal ( black gram/ ullundhu)- 1 tsp

Red chillies – 2

Dry mango powder( amchur) – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste


Wash and chop the vendaikai.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add urad dal and red chillies. Sauté for few seconds and then add the chopped vendaikai. Mix well.

Add the dry mango powder and salt to taste( dry mango powder is added to avoid the vendaikai becoming sticky. Instead of dry mango powder, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes or a tbsp of yogurt can also be added).

Mix well again. Close the pan with a lid and cook till the vendaikai becomes soft.

Vaazhathandu Morekhuzhambu


Tender banana stem- 12 inches long piece,1

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Yogurt – 1+1/2 cups

Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

To grind to a paste


Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 4-5

Ginger – 1/2 inch

Cumin seeds ( jeera) – 1 tsp

Almond flakes – 2 tbsp

Roasted chana dal ( chutney dal/ pottukadali)- 2 tbsps

For tempering


Coconut oil – 2 tsps

Mustard – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds ( methi/ vendhayam) – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Hing ( asafoetida/ perungayam) – 1/8th tsp


Remove the thick outer skin of the banana stem.

Before starting to cut the banana stem, mix little yogurt in a bowl of water and keep it ready.

Cut the stem into slices. When you cut a slice, you will find that there will be lot of fiber coming out. Remove it with your fingers.

Put the slices in the yogurt water mixture to prevent the discolouring of stem ( prevent oxidation).

Chop the slices into small cubes and again put it in the water yogurt mixture till required.

Before cooking, drain the banana stem well.

In a pan add the banana stem, turmeric powder, 1 cup of water and little salt and cook till the stem becomes soft.

Meanwhile grind the coconut, green chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, almond flakes and roasted gram to a smooth paste adding the required amount of water.

Beat the yogurt till it becomes smooth. Add the ground paste and 1/2 cup water and mix well.

Add this mixture to the cooked banana stem. Add salt to taste and mix well. Check for the seasonings and let it simmer.

Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and hing. Sauté for few seconds and add the tempering to the Morekhuzhambu.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice:)

Pudina Kothamalli Thogayal


Pudina – 1 cup

Chopped coriander leaves – 1 cup

Curry leaves – 1/4th cup

Grated coconut – 2 tbsps

Oil – 2 tsps

Urad dal – 2 tbsps

Red chillies – 3-4

Green chillies – 2

Ginger – 1 inch

Tamarind – little

Salt to taste.


Wash the pudina, coriander and curry leaves well.

Wash and chop green chillies.

Wash, peel and chop ginger.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the urad dal, red chillies, green chillies, ginger and tamarind. Sauté till the urad dal becomes golden brown. Let it cool.

Drain the oil and remove the roasted ingredients. To the same pan, add the washed leaves and sauté for few mins. Let it cool. Add the coconut and salt to taste.

First grind all the ingredients except the urad dal to a coarse paste. Then add the urad dal and water and grind it for few more mins.

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