Yet another way to cook the healthy Plantain Steam (Vazhaithandu) in a more tasteful way!
Banana tree is the only plant which is useful to us from leaves to stem. Plantain stem is a nutritional rich veggie. Every part of the banana tree is useful… including the Banana stem (Vazhai thandu). Banana stem has lot of medicinal properties too. Doctors recommend banana stem juice for kidney stone problems. It is rich in fiber and very good diet for diabetic patients too. This Vazhaithandu Mor Kootu, is a delicious and healthy dish. Generally many of us find it difficult or lazy to cook plantain stem because of its fibrous nature. To chop the Plantain stem, we need little more patience. We have to put more efforts to cook Plantain stem and Plantain flower, but once we are done with the chopping, then preparation of the dish is quite simple.
We can make many different recipes with Vazhaithandu (Plantain Stem). You can try Vazhaithandu Poricha Kuzhambu, Vazhaithandu Poriyal, Vazhaithandu Kootu, Vazhathandu Bajji. This Mor Kootu is much similar to Mor Kuzhambu. We need to prepare a coconut-spice paste. We have to cook Vazhaithandu mix with yogurt and spice paste and then bring it to boil and then complete it with tempering. Apart from chopping vazhaithandu, the rest of the procedure is quick and simple to make.
We can serve this delicious Mor Kootu with hot steaming rice along with spicy kuzhambu like Milagu Kuzhambu, Kothamalli Kuzhambu, Vathakuzhambu, Karivepilai Kuzhambu or any rasam variety and enjoy this mouth-watering combo.
Preparing the Veggie
Remove the outer rings of the stem so that there are no more rings seen in the cross section. Cut the stem into medium sized disks(not too thin or thick). Remove the fibers between the disks by one of your fingers.It is the most frustrating part of preparing banana stem for cooking :-). Slice the disks into a smaller pieces and immerse the same in the butter milk and water mixture as this will preserve the original color of the stem otherwise this will turn out to be black in color
Pressure Cook Veggie
Preparing Curd Mixture
Cooking Mor Kootu