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

Cooking instructions

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.