Vazhai thandu / Plantain Stem which is also known as Plantain pith happens to be rich in fibre and also has many medicinal benefits. When my younger one was suffering from constipation years back, the Doctor advised me to feed him the juice extracted from the plantain stem as a natural cure. The juice is also given to young girls to attain puberty as it cleanses the Uterus in a natural way and also heals the stomach cramps that they may suffer during the mensus time. As this is a no onion, no garlic recipe, its perfect to make and have with lunch during Vrat (fasting) days when you are not supposed to cook those ingredients. While my Mom makes the Banana Stem poriyal differently, this curry version is my MIL’s that is simple, quick which does not involve any grinding.
1. If you are soaking the chopped plantain stem in buttermilk to prevent discoloration, drain the stem before adding it to the curry.
2. Do not discard the buttermilk used for soaking. Add salt to taste and drink it. It will taste a bit sour but trust me it is now full of fibre and nutrients to waste it away.