Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Kadali Manja Raita ( Banana Stem Raita )
Cooking Time Required: 15-16 mins
Cost of Preparation: 30-35 Rupees
Ingredients: Curd ( 2 cups ), tender banana stem/ kadali manja ( 5 inch long), curry leaves ( 1-2 sprigs), red chillis ( 3-4 nos), red chilli powder ( 1/4 tsp), asafoetida ( just a pinch), pancha phutana ( 1/3 tsp), oil ( 3 tsp), salt.
Preparation: Cut the banana stem into very small pieces. Add salt and keep aside for 30 mins. Squueze out all the water and wash under the tap.
Transfer the curd into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of water and salt. Beat well. Add the banana stem pieces.
Cooking: Heat the oil in a pan. Add pancha phutana & red chillis. Follow with the asafoetida, curry leaves and red chillis.
Fry for 20 secs and pour over the curd - banana stem mixture. Mix togather and serve with rice and dalma.
Note: This preparation is made with very tender banana stem in which the fibres should not have developed. Banana stem has its share of health benefits, most remarkable being its ability to ease the bowels.