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November 9, 2011


I really got bored of making thogayal, pachadi and poriyal with vazhaithandu.My husband hates to eat vazhaithandu just becoz it takes so much time to chew n eat ;). I heard drinking vazhaithandu juice in empty stomach is one of the healthiest way to include in our diet. Its a hassle free job too.Last month when i went to my native ,we tasted this juice in a famous restaurant. We loved it.It was mild in sweet and served chilled.We couldn't find out its the juice of vazhaithandu .I wanted to try the same at home.I tried sweet and salt versions. Both were excellent. I dint serve it cold , i made at room temperature.So its ur choice  !!



  • Plantain stem /Vazhaithandu - 1 /2 no (medium size)
  • Boiled Milk - 1/2 cup (adjust)
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Water- If necessary


vazhaithandu juice sweet


  • Remove the outer layer of vazhaithandu till core ( At this point u dont have layers to remove).
  • Cut into rings while removing the fibre simultaneously that comes between the rings .
  • Chop into small pieces .Grind with sugar and milk.Add more milk & sugar if necessary.
  • Strain in a double cloth filter.Pour in a serving glass.
  • Serve it chilled or at room temperature !!




  • Vazhaithandu - 1/2 no (medium size)
  • Sour curd - 2tbsp
  • Salt & water - As needed
  • Pepper powder - 2 pinches (optional)

Coriander leaves - To garnish


  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 given in the above version and cut the stem into pieces and immerse in buttermilk to avoid color change.
  • Grind the pieces along with curd and salt.
  • Add more water , whisk and strain in a double cloth filter.
  • Pour in a serving glass and  garnish with little coriander leaves
  • serve chill!!



Vazhaithandu juice salt


  1. Drinking vazhathandu juice alone doesnot help u to shed ur weight. U have to carry on the other things like diet .excercise etc.
  2. U can prepare the juice in another way .
  • Grind the Banana stem with salt , pepper powder and lime juice. Filter and enjoy !! Hope this method sounds easier.



A potassium rich food with high fiber content and it has many other amazing health benefits.

      Most people include banana in their daily diet, but very few have ever thought of including banana stem. The banana stem has many nutritive and health benefits. The stem is usually thrown away once the fruit is cut from the plant. So next time if you happen to find one, think of including it in your menu. Here are some good health reasons why banana stem must be part and parcel of your diet at least on occasions.

Banana stem is rich in fiber and helps weight loss.  Due to rich content, it helps body to feel full faster.  The intake of food gets reduced by including banana stem to diet.  It can be taken in the form of juice, but eating it as a whole provides more benefits. Including it once or twice a week can help people looking for ways to cut down extra pounds.

Like banana, banana stem is also rich in potassium and vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 helps production of chemicals such as hemoglobin and insulin. Again, it improves the ability of body to fight against infection. Potassium helps effective functioning of muscles including cardiac muscles, prevents high blood pressure, helps nerve impulses and maintains fluid balance within the body.

It is a diuretic and helps detoxify the body. Some believe that banana stem can prevent and treat kidney stones. This is fact under study and the effectiveness has not been proven by the western world.

It can be taken as a laxative for constipation. Again, the rich fiber content prevents constipation. It cools the body. So overall, banana stem does wonders to our body.

How to include them in diet? Very tender ones can be used in salads and not so tender ones can be added to soups or as a steamed vegetable.

  Slicing banana stem for dishes might be hard work, but it provides unmatchable health benefits.Its a cooling agent to our body , so use it weekly twice is recommended.



  1. wow...sumptuous and delicious one

  2. Both versions are good for health. Nicely done Chitra!

  3. very healthy n interesting drink!!

  4. Very healthy drink, Should try some time, lovely clicks!

  5. completely healthy and refreshing...

  6. Simple, healthy and delicious :)

  7. Wowww... sounds interesting and tempting.. thanks for sharing dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

  8. Healthy and super delicious Banana Stem Juice Dear.Luv it.

  9. very delicious 2 me..

  10. That's wonderful idea ...looks so yum n healthy

  11. Wat a healthy versions,had it once in India,thanks for sharing.

  12. Nice Healthy juice :)
    Bookmarking it....

  13. very healthy drink , never tasted though but made once for my mil

  14. Very healthy drink,looks delicious.

  15. never heard of this juice, looks absolutely healthy, love both the versions, thanx for the sweet comments at my space, happily following u :)

  16. You have an interesting blog with innovative recipes! The health benefits about ingredients are really useful and motivating to try and make these dishes at home...


  17. Dear Chitra
    Thanks for dropping by my site.I prepare the salted version often but the sweet version is new and interesting.Thanks for sharing

  18. Love both the versions. Very beautifully presented too.

  19. Milk in banana stem juice! ...sounds good, must give a try.

  20. Chitra...thankyou for visiting my space and for the lovely both versions...

  21. I've never cooked with plantain stem, but juice sounds like something I can try easily, if I get the stem cleaned up.

    Very Innovative idea!

  22. Very healthy version of banana stem..yummy !
    Glad to follow you :-)
    Thanx for dropping by my space..Hpe u'll follow my space too..
    Erivum Puliyum
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  23. This is such a useful post. I have tried curry with banana stem but never tried juice. Both the recipes look really good and enjoyable. Thank you for this.

  24. I must say it is really healthy banana stem and it is also looking yummy!!!
    I going to serve it with my fried bread in place of cold drinks as it is really good for people who are health conscious.

  25. Don't we need to boil or cook this soup

    1. No need to cook or boil this. Its a raw juice.. It can be has as it is :) Try this. u'll love it :)

  26. It is very Good and Delicious receipe! Thanks a lot.


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