Banana stem – oh yum!

Baledindu palyaThe genius of vegetarianism is probably in the many innovations we come across involving least likely ingredients. Banana stem is so deceptive a vegetable – a novice would not think twice about it if he passed right by the vegetable on a cart.

Nutritional benefits of banana stem, like the fruit are many – Vitamin B6 (helps production of hemoglobin, insulin),it is said to improve the ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium helps in the proper functioning of muscles, including the cardiac muscles. It also helps prevent high blood pressure, and maintain fluid balance within the body. The fibrous nature of the banana stem apparently helps detoxify the body. and It is used prevent and treat kidney stones.

Well, now that we know how beneficial the banana stem is, lets see how delicious it can be!

Here is a simple, delicious preparation..

Recipe serves 2

Banana stem – 1 finely chopped
(store boughts usually have a standard size, which will do)
For tempering

Mustard seeds – 1teaspoon
Urad dal – 1teaspoon
Curry leaves – few

To grind
Mustard seeds – 1teaspoon
Coconut – 1/2 cup
Red chillies – 5
Turmeric – 1/4th teaspoon
Tamarind – To taste

In a kadhai/ wok, prepare tempering of mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves in oil.

Add chopped banana stem,salt, stir and let it cook covered on a low flame. Alternatively you can also cook this vegetable in a pressure cooker with a little water and 2-3 whistles.

Add ground mix of mustard seeds, coconut, red chillies, turmeric and tamarind. After frying for a couple of minutes, let the preparation cook further on a low flame.


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6 thoughts on “Banana stem – oh yum!

  1. It looks beautifully tasty. I’ve never heard of or had banana stem though and don’t think it’s easy to get here so unfortunately I won’t be able to try it.


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