Plantain Stem And Moringa Rasam

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Where to start about the benefits of these two super foods? From my childhood, we used to relish banana stem and its flower in various dishes. Every part of banana plant is useful, be it its leaves, flower, stem, its outer fibre or fruit.
No wastage of any part. Usually after the harvest of Banana fruit bunch, we should remove that plant and should allow its baby plant to grow and fruit. Usually after the harvest, banana plant is chopped off, outer fibre is peeled off and it is dried under the sun and used as a thread in tying Jasmine flowers. Inner core or pith is divided into 3 parts.
Top most part, which is very slender and less fibrous will be used in raw salads. Middle portion is little more fibrous and used in cooking and making Dosas. Bottom part, which is more fibrous, mature and hard to chew will be used in juices, soups or Rasams.
Plantain stem is one of the best, natural high fibre vegetable. It also maintains fluid balance in our body and acts as a coolant, especially in Summer season. Moringa or Drumstick leaves are considered as a 'Power food' for its nutritionally rich nature.
Here I have combined these two ingredients and made Rasam and trust me it is very tasty and can be used as an appetizer shot as well.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Served AsDinner, Lunch
CuisineSouth Indian
Recipe Taste Spicy, Tangy
Servings 4


  • 1 Plantain stem 6-8 inches inches long
  • 1 cup Drumstick leaves
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon Tamarind
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 to 3 Green chilies
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves


  • 2 teaspoon Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • 1 Red chili
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves


  • Slice plantain stem into discs, remove thread like fibre while slicing.
    Plantain Stem And Moringa Rasam - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • Chop the roundels into thin slices.
  • Wash drumstick leaves, here you can use as it is, with its sticks intact. No need to remove intact stalks of these tiny leaves.
  • Cook plantain stem pieces, drumstick leaves, chopped tomatoes, green chili, tamarind in a pressure cooker for one whistle.
    Plantain Stem And Moringa Rasam - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • Cool this mixture, grind and sieve. Discard the fibrous part.
    Plantain Stem And Moringa Rasam - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • Dry grind garlic and cumin. Add this to collected solution, add salt, jaggery and boil for a while. Garnish with coriander leaves and do the seasoning.
  • Heat coconut oil, add mustard, when it starts to splutter, add broken red chili, cumin and curry leaves.
  • Serve this as an appetizer shot before food or as a Rasam with hot rice.


  • Always slice the plantain stem and then chop.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 116 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3 g | Sodium: 95 mg | Potassium: 381 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 657 IU | Vitamin C: 169 mg | Calcium: 291 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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