Banana stem is extremely nutritious. It helps in digestion, dissolves stones in the kidney and gall bladder and its fibre content also helps in weight reduction. When made into a raita it also helps in cooling the body.
What you need
Banana stem (vazhathandu), medium sized: 1
Curd: 1 cup
Green chilli: 1
Coriander leaves: for garnishing
Salt: to taste
For the seasoning
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Red chilli: 1
Peel the skin of the banana stem and grate finely.
In a pan, pour oil. Add mustard seeds.
After the seeds crackle, add asafoetida and red chilli. Add the grated banana stem and sauté lightly (roughly for a minute).
In another vessel transfer the banana stem along with the seasoning. Add curd, a finely chopped green chilli and salt.
Garnish with coriander leaves and relish with hot biryani or parotta.
Anupama Prakash is a final year student of technology at Anna University. Her other hobbies include singing, reading, painting and gaming.
Keywords: Vaazhathandu Raita