Vazhaithandu curry / Plantain stem curry / Banana Stem Curry / Plantain pith curry – How to cook Banana Stem
We tend to ingore things that are in abundance around us. I’m not talking of any grave issues affecting the nation, but about the humble banana. India is blessed with a rich variety of this tropical fruit – rich in potassium, – and this is the first to be banned from your life by most dieticians and weight loss experts. I do understand with the sugars and calories that a banana brings in, it can be of some concern for someone who wants to lose weight. But surely it can be better than a packet of chips, when hunger strikes!
The banana tree is not called the Kalpavriksha without reason – and while most of us might have written essays in school, it nice to remember how each and every part of this plant is useful in day to day life. The leaves make for ecofriendly plates on which one can eat a five course meal. (well, almost!) The fruit of course needs no introduction – being one of the first things we learn to eat as humans while being weaned from the breast. The raw bananas (plantains) can be cooked into koftas, used as a substitute for potatoes by Jains, fried into the widely-loved chips. The flower whose intricate design is a true miracle of nature, is used to adorn the entrance of auspicious events like marriage, while also being cooked into delicacies in many Indian cuisines. The stem (which is actually a false stem, as it is a collection of leaf stalks) is full of fibre and when the outer shiny layers are pulled off, the inner pith is edible and that’s what this post is about.
Fibre is too important component of our diet to be ignored – some of it’s key benefits put simply –
-It provides satiety or the fullness experienced after a meal, so you don’t end up consuming too many calories to feel sated.
-It binds with the bad cholesterol preventing it from getting deposited in the walls of the blood vessels causing heart attacks and strokes.
-It protects from cancer of the large intestine and of course
makes your mornings hassle free 🙂
Eating whole grains, beans, lentils, vegetables and fruits with their skins wherever possible, adds up to provide the 25 odd grams of daily recommended fibre intake
This recipe is one sure shot tasty way to get some of that daily fibre.