A regular feature in South Indian Kitchens, Banana Stem is also called – Vazha Thandu (Tamil), Baledindina (Kannada), Vazhapindi or Unni Thandu (Malayalam) or Arati Doota (Telugu). Popular not only for its unique texture and flavour, but it also comes with a variety of health benefits such as cholesterol and blood pressure management, remGenerally, Banana stem is used to make Kootu, in which the chopped stem is combined with dal and some buttermilk and then tempered with traditional spices. It is mostly favoured in ayurvedic diets for its detoxification and cooling properties, especially during summer monthsBanana Stem Stir Fry Recipe
- Heat some oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies and garlic.
- When the seeds crackle add some chopped onion and stir fry.
- Now add the rinsed banana stem, 2-3 tablespoon of water and let it simmer
- Before serving, sprinkle chopped coriander and squeeze some lemon juice for taste