The Banana stem, the fibre of health is cooked in various ways in South Indian cuisine and it is also consumed raw in juice form.
Banana stem is a rich source of fibre and helps in weight loss. Its high fibre content creates a feeling of satiation and hence, reduces the intake of food. It also helps ease constipation. Again, it improves the ability of the body to fight infection. It also helps prevent high blood pressure, and maintain fluid balance within the body. Banana stem is said to be a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. It is used prevent and treat kidney stones too. And the most popular Banana stem juice combined with buttermilk taken on an empty stomach helps in weight reduction. The juice also relieves ulcers, burning sensation and acidity. huh!!….so we have many reasons to include this fibrous vegetable in our diet right? Yes, i agree that the cleaning process is lil time consuming but is it not worth the effort due to the above multiple benefits.
Vazhaithandu (Banana Stem) – 2 medium size pieces, finely chopped
Chili Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – a pinch
Thick Curd – 2 tbsp
Salt as per taste
To Grind :
Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Green Chilli – 1
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies – 2
Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – 1 stalk
Oil – 1 tsp
Remove all the outer layers and fibre from the banana stem and chop them into small pieces. Drop the pieces in water to which a tsp of buttermilk is added to avoid discoloration.While cooking, drain the chopped pieces and add it to a pan and place over medium flame. You may add little oil if desired. Add the spice powders and cook till the banana stem is tender.Add the ground mixture and cook for few mins and finally add the curd and switch off the stove. Temper the ingredients listed and add to the above vazhaithandu kootu and enjoy this fibre of health for your next lunch
Remove the outer rings from banana stem till no outer rings are there and cut them into thin rectangles and individually remove the fiber from each using your fingers.
(I am sorry, i couldn’t click the cleaning process. When i get to click them , shall update here)
Signing off till the next post…