3 Banana Stem/Vazhaithandu Smoothie Recipes


Vazhaithandu mor is a traditional southindian smoothie (banana steam buttermilk) normally served before lunch. Vazhaithandu refers to banana stem or plantain stem and which is commonly used across southindia in various soups, stews, curries, stir fries and traditional dishes like (thovayal, pachadi, poriyal and koottus).

I have incorporated veggies and ripe banana created three unique smoothie recipes using banana stem. These refreshing smoothies are a complete meal, contains high fiber and very nutritious.   


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Ingredients:
Banana Stem (Vazhaithandu)
1 Carrot
1 English Cucumber
10 Mint Leaves
1/2 Inch Ginger
1 Green Chilly
1 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
1 Ripe Banana
3 Tbsp Diet Sugar
3 Pods Cardamom
2 Cups Yogurt
1/2 Tsp Pepper Powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 Tsp Chaat Masala
Feta Cheese
Salt as per taste
1 Tbsp Oil



Cleaning this banana steam is the first step. Once we master the process of cleaning the vegetable we can prepare many recipes. Please watch the video I have shown how my mom cleans this stem without using a peeler.

If the banana stem is very fibrous we normally clean, chop the stem into coins and soak the vegetable in a pot of buttermilk for half hour before preparing any recipe this way the vegetable will soften and taste good.


Creamy Banana Stem Smoothie

To Prepare Creamy banana Smoothie we will require, 1 Ripe Banana, 3 Tbsp Diet Sugar or Raw Cane Sugar, 1 Cup Cleaned and Chopped banana Stem, 5 to 10 Tbsp Yogurt, 1/4 Tsp Salt, 3 Pods Cardamom.

In a blender peel and add the ripe banana, banana stem, sugar, cardamom pods and salt grind to form a smooth paste. Add the yogurt and blend add splash of water if needed serve chilled...Enjoy 😋



Vazhaithandu Mor or Salty Banana Steam Smoothie

To prepare Vazhaithandu Mor or Salty Banana Steam Smoothie we will require, 1 1/2 Cups Cleaned and Chopped Banana Steam, 1/4 Cup Yogurt, 1/2 Inch Ginger, 1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds or Powder, Chaat Masala, Mint Leaves, 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds, Asafoetida, Dried Red Chilly, Curry Leaves, Salt as per taste, 1 Tsp Oil.

In a blender add the banana stem, ginger, cumin and salt grind to form a smooth paste. Add water and yogurt grind till smooth and reserve. 

Heat a fry pan with oil add 1/4 tsp mustard seeds allow to splutter and reduce. Add asafoetida and chilly fry for a minute and temper the smoothie with the mustard. 

Pour the smoothie in a tall tumbler and garnish with grated carrots, cucumber, chaat masala, mint and feta serve chilled...Enjoy 😉



Carrot, Cucumber and Vazhaithandu Smoothie

To prepare Carrot, Cucumber and Vazhaithandu Smoothie we will require, 1 1/2 Cups Cleaned and Chopped Banana Steam, 1 Carrot cleaned and chopped, 1 Cucumber Chopped, 1/4 Cup Yogurt, 1/2 Inch Ginger, 1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds or Powder, Chaat Masala, Mint Leaves, 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds, Asafoetida, Dried Red Chilly, Curry Leaves, Salt as per taste, 1 Tsp Oil.

For Garnish, finely chopped carrots, cucumber, mint and feta cheese...

In a blender add the banana stem, ginger, cumin, carrots, cucumber and salt grind to form a smooth paste. Add water and yogurt grind till smooth and reserve. 

Heat a fry pan with oil add 1/4 tsp mustard seeds allow to splutter and reduce. Add asafoetida and chilly fry for a minute and temper the smoothie with the mustard. 

Pour the smoothie in a tall tumbler and garnish with grated carrots, cucumber, chaat masala, mint and feta serve chilled...Enjoy 😉


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