VazhaiThandu or Banana Stem has lot of health benefits. Being rich in fiber, it helps to ease constipation. It is said to be useful in preventing and treating kidney stones. It is diuretic and helps to detoxify the body. It also aids in weight loss. Banana stem has a good source of potassium and vitamin B6. Banana juice is said to give relief for ulcers. Enjoy the numerous health benefits of plantain stem with this simple plantain stem salad.
Remove the outer stem of plantain stem and cut it into rounds removing the thread like fiber with your index finger. Then chop it into small pieces. Keep it in buttermilk until use.
Wash and steam the plantain stem with salt and a pinch of turmeric powder or cook the plantain stem with less water adding a pinch of turmeric powder and salt needed.
Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add green chillies, curry leaves and pour it over the cooked plantain stem.
Add lemon juice to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice.
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