Vaazhaithandu / Banana stem is a fibre-rich stem which has many health benifits.Banana stem is from banana tree which also gives raw-banana,banana flower.
When a bunch of bananas are harvested,the stem is cut away.The tender inner stem is used as food and has many medicinal properties as well.Layers of hard outer stem are peeled away and only the inner stem is used.It is very fibrous,so the thread fiber has to be cleaned in a proper way.The stem is chopped into small bits and soaked in buttermilk.
In south India,banana stem is used in many recipes like raita,soup,juice,stir-fry etc.;I used to buy twice in a month and make it for stir-fry,soup which is so healthy.The above picture was taken from our garden during last vocation.
Top Health Benifits of Banana Stem :
* Kidney Stones
* Weight Loss
* Hyper Acidity
* Diabetic Patients
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How To Clean & Chop Vaazhaithandu ???
Cleaning Time : 15mins
Vaazhaithandu (I used 1 Medium size)
Oil (Brush your hands to prevent sticking)
Buttermilk (OR water with 2-3 tbsp of curd OR 1/2 lemon's juice)
# Apply oil for both hands to prevent sticking of black stain which is from banana stem.
1)Remove the outer cover of banana stem by slitting with knife till it reaches the thick cylindrical stem.
2)Trim both top and bottom ends.
3)Now discard the outer cover and trimmed ends.
4)Cut one end of the stem as thin round like rings.
5)Too many thread like strings(red colour circle) released between this.Take those strings by your fingers and discard it.
6)Repeat this throughout the stem ends by cutting thin round-shaped rings & by removing threads.
7,8,9) Now finely chop those round rings.
# Soak the chopped pieces in buttermilk to prevent discoloration till use.