Lemon grass & banana stem Tambuli or Chaas / Majjige soppu (nimbe hullu) & baale dandu tambli

The health benefits of banana stem are proven and there is no doubt using it in regular cooking has numerous positive impacts on our health. This humble, underrated vegetable is a biproduct after harvesting banana fruit which is most of the time wasted.  Only banana as fruit is consumed and neither banana stem nor the flower. It is used to some extent in our native, Coastal Karnataka homes as we grow banana in our farms. We make Banana stem palya, sasive, chutney, bajji/ fritters, juice (a wonderful remedy for kidney stones)dosa out of banana stem and banana blossom palya, chutney, pathrode, pakora, rotti… too. Banana stem/ flower are helpful in improving kidney health and the digestive system health.

Another very useful herb used in today’s drink is lemon grass (or majjige hullu/ nimbe hullu), yet another very healthy green. It is immunity booster and help highly used in treating fever. It is believed to help in relieving pain.

This delicious & flavorful drink is very refreshing and can be used as a probiotic drink or can be served as a side dish with rice too.

Lemon grass & banana stem Tambuli or Chaas

Preparation time: 15 mins

Serves: 4


Banana stem – 3 inches long

Lemon grass – 2

Green chilli – 1

Ginger – ½ inch

Salt – to taste

Buttermilk – 2.5 glasses

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Mint/ coriander – for garnishing


  • Wash lemon grass & cut roughly so that it is easy to grind.
  • Wash banana stem, chop & soak in water for 5 minutes.
  • Wash & clean ginger, green chilli.
  • Now grind all the cleaned & chopped ingredients – Banana stem, lemon grass, chilli & ginger adding water as required.
  • Extract only the juice by running the ground paste and 1.5 glass of water through a sieve. Collect this herb extract in a vessel.
  • Add buttermilk, salt, lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve fresh as a refreshing drink.
Majjige soppu (nimbe hullu) & baale dandu tambli


  • This drink can be prepared with either of banana stem or lemon grass.
  • Lemon grass can be replaced with coriander, mint leaves & cumin powder too.
Lemon grass & banana stem Tambuli or Chaas / Majjige soppu (nimbe hullu) & baale dandu tambli