Plantain stem is a good source of fiber. It flushes out toxins from our body and prevents constipation. It helps in weight reduction, gives a feeling of fullness as it is rich in fiber. Plantain stem juice (made with buttermilk) is said to cure urinary stones. In our house, we include plantian stem in our diet once in a week for its health benefits.We can make kootu with dal, yogurt kootu, simple vazhai thandu stir fry, raita, salad from tender stems and juice out of plantain stem, all of which I will sharing with you. Today let us learn how to make Vazhai thandu mor kootu or Plantain stem Yogurt kootu following our easy recipe.
Plantain Stem Yogurt Kootu /Vazhaithandu mor kootu
Remove the outer cover of the plantain stem, cut it thinly into rounds removing the thread like fibers with you index finger. Soak it in diluted buttermilk to prevent discolouration. Then chop it into small pieces.
Grind coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies and fried gram to a smooth paste adding little water. You can also use 1 tsp of raw rice instead of rice flour or fried gram for thickening. Soak raw rice in 2 tbsp of water for 15 minutes and grind it along with coconut, jeeer and green chilli
Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves, finely chopped plantain stem, salt, turmeric powder and cook until tender. Sprinkle water and stir now and then to prevent it from getting burnt.
Once cooked, add curd, ground paste, mix well and bring it to boil.
Vazhai thandu kootu is ready. It can be served as a side dish for rice.
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