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Banana Stem in Brine | Kolachi Kandi

Banana stem is used in various Indian dishes especially chutneys. Here's an easy way to preserve it in brine (salt water)
Course Preserves
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Banana Stem
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 large jar


  • 8-10 inch piece of banana stem
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 1-2 medium sized raw mangoes, deseeded & sliced or chopped
  • 2.5 litres, 10 cups water
  • 2 cups table salt


  • Add the water to a pot and dissolve the salt in it. It is ok if it is not dissolved completely. Let this solution boil for 3-4 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the water cool down completely
  • Peel off the outermost part of the banana stem - this is the hard, fibrous part which must be discarded. After peeling 2-3 times you will find a pure white central core which is what we need
  • Slice the core into roundels of 1/2 inch thickness.You can slit the chillies or keep them whole. Adding raw mangoes to this preparation will enhance its flavour but it is not a must.
  • Take a sterilized glass or ceramic jar and add the banana stem pieces, green chillies and raw mangoes (if using) to it. Pour the boiled & cooled salt water over it and using a clean, dry spool/ladle dip all the pieces in this water and cover some over them.
  • Cover the lid of the jar and keep it in a cool, dark place of your kitchen. If prepared hygienically, this preparation will last a year. You can also refrigerate the jar if you wish.


This is the quantity I generally prepare. You can reduce the quantity if you wish.