This is a recipe for Banana stem curry (Vazhaithandu curry in Tamil), cooked along with yellow moong dal, garnished with fresh coconut, to prepare a simple yet nourishing dish that can be eaten along with rasam and rice
The banana tree is not called the Kalpavriksha without reason. While most of us might have written essays about the multifarious uses of the banana tree 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 eco friendly plates on which one can eat a five course meal. The fruit of course needs no introduction – being one of the first things we learn to eat as babies while being weaned from the breast. The raw bananas (plantains) can be cooked into plantain koftas. They are used extensively as a substitute for potatoes by Jains.
Plantains are fried into the much addictive chips (Plantain chips in airfryer). 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 banana 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. Recipe for a banana stem curry 🙂
On Banana Stem Health Benefits
Banana stem is a very good source of fiber. Fibre is too important component of our diet to be ignored, and with our increased consumption of refined foods, it is sorely neglected in our modern diets. Some of the key benefits of fibre in our diet are –
- 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, it 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
Banana stem curry or Vazhaithadu curry is one sure shot tasty way to get some of that daily fibre, from a local, easily available and inexpensive ingredient.
Banana stem juice also works as a diuretic that reduces water retention. The juice works well on acidity conditions as it has a soothing effect on the stomach.
Healthy Menu Idea using Vazhaithadu curry or Banana stem curry: