The K Kick : Banana Stem

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Banana stem is one of the best natural sources of Potassium (K). The biggest benefit of Potassium is its ability to control blood pressure and make your kidneys strong.

You need:

  • A fresh banana stem.
  • Green Chilies chopped.
  • Cumin.
  • Coriander seeds.
  • Mustard seeds.
  • Curry leaves.
  • Coconut oil.

The banana stem usually has a lot of fibers. These need to be removed before its cooked. First remove the rough outer skin and get to the softer flesh inside. I was very lucky to find a tender stem, which hardly had any fibers in it. The stem also quickly changes color, if exposed to air. So mix a teaspoon of curd in water. The cut pieces of the stem need to be kept immersed in this to avoid the discoloration.

Cut the stem into small rings. When you separate them, fibers may form between the rings. Pull out the fibers and discards them. Finally chop the rings into small pieces.

Saute all the ingredients except the chopped stem in coconut oil. When they start smelling like the doorway to heaven, add the stem and cook alternating between low and medium heat. They usually take about 10 minutes to get fully cooked.

Enjoy as a mid-morning snack or eat with rice.

 

 

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