Monday, May 23, 2011

Banana Stem Raita-A summer cooler

Banana Stem raita is an ideal summer raita.This aids in cooling the body and with weight loss because of the fibre content.Its such a simple raita to make with so many benefits.

Banana Stem-1

Thin buttermilk water
Curd-1 cup
Salt to taste
To temper
Oil-1 tsp
Mustard-1/4 tsp
Urad dal-optional
Asafoetida-a pinch
Red Chillies-2
Coriander leaves-a sprig

Method: Use the inner pith of the stem.Discard the fibre.Cut this into small bits.Put this in a vessel with thin buttermilk water and salt.(You can add one or two spoons of curd to water,to make a thin buttermilk).This is done to prevent discoloration.I cooked this in a cooker.Cool this mixture.Take the plantain stem and add to yogurt.To this mixture splutter the ingredients to be tempered.Add salt to taste.I ran out of coriander leaves.You can certainly use it as a garnish.I just can't do with out this raita in the scorching summer sun of Chennai.Go ahead indulge.

This is going to Krithi's Kitchen who is guest hosting Healing Foods-Banana started by Siri of Cooking with Siri


  1. And it is recommended by doctors for some ailments too...Love the bowl shape :-)

  2. I prepare kootu with banana stem. This is new to me, a perfect and healthy raita and such a simple preparation.Thanks for sharing.

  3. That is definitely a new recipe ~ looks so very light n refreshing!
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  4. Perfect coolant for this summer

  5. This is healthy as well as tasty. Love it as it is :)

  6. Wat a healthy raita, truly missing fresh vazhaithandu..

  7. One of my fav preparations with vazhai thandu,too bad we cannot get them over here.

  8. Love this any time,tastes yumm! Lovely capture and we make another sweet pachadi too :)

  9. Vazhaithandu love it,mama used to make thoran with it but this recipe is new to me ,but apt for summer..this is my 1st time to ur blog..u have a nice space ...
    visit my blog when u get time..
    thanks in advance...

  10. vazhaithandu is my fav..anthing made with plantain wins me over in a minute :P

  11. didnt realize we can make raita out of banana stem! Awesome :)


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