Ethakka Stew

Banana Stew/Ethakka stew/curry/Payasam

When someone has a sweet tooth in the morning, this is the best thing to be served along with Payasam. This is yet another Banana Stew breakfast combination.

Cuisine: Dessert

Servings: 4

Prep: 35 min

Cook: 20 min

Difficulty: Very Easy


  • Ripe Banana – 500 g
  • Fresh Coconut scraped – 1- 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Sugar – 4 tbsp
  • Salt -1/2 tsp
  • Roasted rice flour – 3/4 cup
  • Water- 1 – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp


  • Cut the banana into little chunks. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a pressure cooker alongside the sliced banana. Meanwhile, prepare the Pidi.
  • Boil 1-1/2 cups water with salt. When the water begins to bubble, add the cooked rice flour and combine thoroughly. Knead with plenty of water until you have a soft dough.
  • Take a tiny piece of the dough with both hands and form it into a little ball. Then elongate it and give it a slight press to get the pidi shape.
  • Steam the rice for 5 minutes in an idli steamer, then keep it warm. In a blender, combine the coconut and 1 cup water. Add the cardamom to the mixture and whirl until smooth.
  • Take the milk from the coconut and set it aside. Put 2 cups of water in a pressure pan along with the thin coconut milk. Add the thin coconut milk and piddis to an open pressure pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the thick coconut milk and sugar to taste last,
  • Sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions are combined to form a curry dish or can be served as an accompaniment. If desired, garnish with roasted cashew nut and raisins in ghee.