Vazhaithandu / Plantain stem is most fibrous healthiest food to be considered to be consumed atleast once a week. Banana stem is rich in potassium & vitamin-B6. Valaithandu is used prevent and treat kidney stones.
Servings: 4 Persons
Banana Stem – 2 cups (chopped finely)
Moong Dal – ¼cup (soak in water for a hour)
Mustard Seeds – ¼tsp
Red dry chilli – 2nos
Coconut – ½cup grated
Asafoetida – 2 pinches
Turmeric Powder – ¼tsp
Salt – to taste
Curry leaves – a sprig
Oil – ½tsp
Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves, red chilli & mustard & wait till mustard sputters.
Add banana stem, moong dal, turmeric powder, asafoetida, salt & mix well.
Add ½cup of water & cook the vegetable till soft in low flame, cover with a lid, Stir often.
When ready, garnish with grated coconut & saute once.
Dole out yummy Raw Plantain Stem Poriyal, tastes good with Rice.