Plantain Stem recipe - Plantain stem kootu
You will all be knowing the importance of including fibre in your diet regularly. It helps to keep the digestive system healthy, prevents constipation helps to lower cholesterol levels, controls level of blood sugar and protect against some form of cancer. Plantain stem or vazhaithandu as it is called in tamil is a rich source of fibre. Here is a simple plantain stem recipe which can be served as a side dish for rice.
Plantain stem –medium size -1
Tur dal –1/4 cup ( you can use even moong dal)
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Urad dal – 1 tbsp
Red chilles – 3
Coconut (grated)– 3 tbsp
Jeera /cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Oil -2 tsp
Salt as required
For the seasoning
Mustard – ¼ tsp
Urad dal - ¼ tsp
Curry leaves – little
Remove the outer covering of the stem and cut it into rounds removing the thread like fibres with you index finger .Then chop it into small thin pieces. Keep it in diluted buttermilk to prevent discolouration.
Pressure cook tur dal with a pinch of turmeric powder till soft.
Fry urad dal and red chillies in a tsp of oil and grind it along with coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add the ingredients for seasoning. When mustard splutters , drain the buttermilk completely and add chopped plantain stem alone. Add turmeric powder, salt and cook till tender. Sprinkle water while cooking to prevent it from getting burnt.
Add the grounded paste, cooked tur dal and bring it to boil .
Garnish with coriander leaves.
You can check out my Plantain stem Mor kootu /yogurt kootu which is also very tasty.
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