Introducing Alu Kesel (Ash Plantain) to Baby

Ahalya’s lunch included unripe plantain or ash plantain, her 39th ingredient, today. Known amongst Sri Lankans as ‘alukesel’, this raw fruit is loaded with abundant essential minerals and vitamins such as dietary fiber, iron, potassium vitamin B complex, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
Ash plantains help dilate the arteries, improve blood flow and reduces homo-cysteine. It can also be used to treat anemia and neuritis. Eating unripe plantains is know to improves the functions of the digestive system and aid better vision and healthier skin. It is also important for building immunity against diseases and free radicals and helps strengthen bones.
I peeled and chopped the plantain and boiled it for a few minutes until tender and added it to her lunch of rice, fish, greens, legumes and vegetables. In the future, I will be adding it to the mix when cooking her lunch in one pot.

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