Vazhaithandu or plantain pith has numerous health benefits. It is a rich source of fiber and can be made in curries and gravies. Its a very flavorful vegetable and its my favorite. Always I make mor kootu (yogurt based gravy) with this vegetable. In the form of juice, my kids love it. Buttermilk prepared with addition of the pith juice tastes so great and its hard to find out the addition of this vegetable. An easy way for nourishing picky eaters.
Vazhaithandu - 2 cups
Yogurt - 1 cup
Water - 2 to 3 cups
Black pepper - 1 or 2 pinch
Remove the outer layers from the stem. Slice to 1/2 in round slices. While doing it, fibers may stretch out, just pull out with your fingers and discard. Then chop the slices into chunks.
Put the chunks and yogurt into your blender and blend to a puree consistency.
Filter the puree, squeeze completely and discrad the fibrous part. Add a little water while doing this.
To the juice add remaining water, salt, black pepper powder, chat masala and or black salt according to your taste. Mix well and serve.
Add ice cubes if you want it chilled.
The plantain juice may turn color, so its best to consume immediately though addition of yogurt prevents color change.