Arati Davva Ava Kura – Mustard-flavored Plantain Stem Stir Fry

Banana Stem, Arati Davva, Vazai Thandu

A praise worthy Andhra delicacy is Arati Davva (Doota) aka tender plantain stem. Removing the outer layers of the stem to reach the nutritious core is a labor intensive process but worth every bit of effort. The edible core of plaintain stem is used to prepare stir fries, dals, kootu, juice and even salad. One important step to follow during the chopping of the edible stem is to place the arati davva pieces in diluted buttermilk to avoid discoloration.

Arati Davva Kura

At our home, davva is usually cooked as a stir fry that is seasoned with spices, ginger, curry leaves and flavored with tamarind and mustard powder. The mustard brightens the crunchy plantain stem pieces with a unique flavor and heady aroma.

Arati Davva Aava Kura Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: Andhra



1 1/2 cups chopped tender plantain stem/arati davva (soaked in diluted butter milk)

big pinch turmeric pwd

1 green chillis, slit

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

2 tbsps tamarind paste

1 tbsp oil

salt to taste

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

pinch of cumin seeds

1 tsp split black gram dal/minappa pappu

1 tsp channa dal/senaga pappu

1-2 dry red chillis, tear and de-seed

10-12 curry leaves

pinch of asafoetida/hing

1/2 tsp mustard pwd

1 Cook the arati davva along with turmeric and salt in the diluted buttermilk till soft but not mushy. Drain any left over water.
2 Heat oil in a vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Add the cumin seeds, gram dal, channa dal and let it turn golden brown, then add the curry leaves, green chillis, dry red chillis, ginger and asafoetida.
3 Immediately, add the cooked arati davva pieces and combine. Adjust salt, add tamarind paste and combine. Cook on low to medium flame for about 10 mts, till the rawness of tamarind disappears. The arati davva should retain a bit of crunch.
4 Turn off heat. Add the mustard pwd and combine.
5 Serve with hot rice.

Arati Davva Ava Kura – Mustard-flavored Plantain Stem Stir Fry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  raw plantain


24 thoughts on “Arati Davva Ava Kura – Mustard-flavored Plantain Stem Stir Fry

  1. Hi Sailu,
    Adding tamarind paste to this dish is new to me, Sailu.
    I’ll try this tomorrow itself.
    Thank you, Bye, Take care…

  2. Hi,

    I’d love to cook this recipe as the picture and the spice mix make it look/sound delicious. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Arati Davva for sale in any of the Indian Grocery Stores that I frequent here in the UK.

    Are there any other names for this? I’ll ask around.

    Its plantain/banana tender stem.

  3. Hi Sailu

    Can you tell me how can I make the homemade mustard powder? I also heard we can use this in cabbage koora.


  4. hello sailu garu…

    i have one doubt, could u plz tell me how to prepare icing for cake..

    i have heavy whipping cream n butter…i tried many times but its not coming gud…i have hand mixer as well as blender…plz suggest me

    thank u…

  5. Oh Man! A heavenly treat when u go home from hostel. I wonder we get it here or not but i can surely fill my stomach with this pic.

  6. nice regional curry. when I visted India I tasted pansa pottu kura whic is made by one aunty. It was so good and she also added tamarind to it but the end result is dry. This curry sound like that one. Nice photos and recipe though.

  7. sailu garu,
    arati davva baga jiguru ga untundhi, cut cheyadam kashtam ani antaru kadha.emaina simple methods unnava cut cheyadaniki?pls share..

  8. Sailu,

    This is a wonderful the procedure na dingredients same for Panasapottu koora also.

    Please let me know.

    Bye, sri

  9. sailu garu,

    keep these sort of vantakalu going on for the universal integretion of telugu kitchen addicts and let the world know the culinary, medicinal and the traditional values of andhra (South Indian) food.

  10. wow! love it ..we make it even with some shrimps also …and we call this in Bengali “Thor”.Congrats for completing four wonderful years in blogging.
    hugs and smiles

  11. Tasty preparation of a healthy vegetable. I tried this 2days back and everyone at home enjoyed eating this. Thanks for yet another new recipe!

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