Plantain Stem/Vazhaithandu/Plantain Pith Dosa

How do you include plantain pith/vazhaithandu/plantain stem in your food? Stir fry/Juice/Curry? I love it as pickle or in dosa. A very simple but power packed nutritious which is my all time favourite is the plantain pith dosa. My Perimma introduced this to me and it is an unique variant in dosa. I had sent this as a guest post to Mrs.Gouthami Yuvarajan’ s food blog Clicks n Bites. Occasionally we met in the blogging world and I just love her clicks. Both of us are budding bloggers and young mothers. Her recipes are definitely unique and  will tempt you to try for sure. Looking out for a great blogging journey with her and I wish her all the very best in all her endeavors.  Thanks again Gouthami. Let us have a look at the recipe in detail here.

Yields: 6 to 8 dosas.Preparation time-30 minutes
Cooking time-5 minute/dosaIngredients:

  • Plantain pith/Vazhaithandu -1
  • Idly/Dosa Rice-1 cup
  • Whole urad dhal-Handful
  • Salt -to taste
  • Oil – to cook

plantainpith dosa

Procedure:1.Wash and soak rice and urad dhal for 3 hours minimum
2.Clean and finely chop vazhaithandu.
3.Grind the rice and dhal by adding less water.
4.Add salt to batter and chopped vazhaithandu/plantain pith.
5.Mix well and add water to the batter to reach thick pouring consistency.vazhaithandu dosai
6.Grease the dosa pan with oil and spread the batter.
7.Close with a lid and cook in medium flame.
8.Flip side and cook the other side.
9.Repeat the same for rest of the batter.
10.Serve it hot with spicy tomato chutney.


vazhaithandu dosa

P.S:
The batter should be neither thick nor in free flowing stage. So add water carefully.

The plantain stem has to be chopped very finely.
You can add chopped onion,green chilly,curry leaves and coriander leaves ,if you feel the dosa might be too bland in taste.
Add chopped pieces to butter milk+water mixture as it prevents darkening due to oxidation.

Vazhaithandu is a good medicine for urinary infections.

The quantity of plantain stem is upto you. It is diuertic. Hence avoid excess consumption.

This can be given to babies above 8 months(Add no salt and reduce the quantity of pith) as it is extremely soft 🙂

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing new foods to babies.

Health benefits of Plantain Pith: (Source:THE HINDU  ,ehow.com)

Banana stem is a rich source of fibre .

It also helps ease constipation.

Banana stem is rich in potassium and vitamin B6 just like the fruit. Vitamin B6 helps in production of haemoglobin and insulin. Again, it improves the ability of the body to fight infection. Potassium helps in the proper functioning of muscles, including the cardiac muscles.

It also helps prevent high blood pressure, and maintain fluid balance within the body.

Banana stem is said to be a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. It is used prevent and treat kidney stones

Purdue University says that the peel, stem and roots of the Musa plant are used to treat digestion problems such as diarrhea, stomach lesions and dysentery.

The peel, stem and pulp of bananas have antifungal and antibiotic powers

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