None of us needs an introduction about Banana the fruit, but the whole world yet needs to acknowledge and make use of the amazing prowess of Banana/Plantain- the Super fruit. Besides being convenient, Bananas can be healthy for you in many ways. It’s an instant energy booster, nutrient power-house and wherever in the globe you are, you will not find it hard to find Bananas at all. Besides, Bananas come loaded with potassium to accelerate hydration and muscle recovery, helps to ease digestion, balance blood sugar and boost satiety with its high fiber content. That is why we just need to find out new and unique ways we could eat more of Bananas and also to introduce it to our little ones. So here in this Banana appreciation post, we try to elucidate the golden merits of the wonderous Bananas and along side you will also get some interesting ideas for including this sweet and delicious fruit in your daily diet.
Banana’s Universal Popularity
In the East and the Northeast, you will come across the local breakfast cereal, known as ‘Jolpan’ in Assam, which usually contains puffed or sticky rice mixed with curd and jaggery, and topped with banana pieces. And in states like Kerala, Banana is a staple fruit in the regionally popular healthy breakfast combos like ‘Puttu & Pazham’ (Steamed rice cake with Banana), ‘Upma & Pazham’ and ‘Aval Nanachathu & Pazham’ (Sweetened Beaten Rice/Poha and Banana). While Banana along with some sinfully delicious desserts and snacks like ‘Pazham Pradhaman’ (Banana Kheer), ‘Pazham Nurukku’ ( Steamed Banana Slice in Jaggery Sauce) and crispy ‘Pazham Pori’(Banana Fritters) always top the Must- try list of Kerala Cuisine. Not just in Kerala, but ubiquitously in India, it is given much importance either as the key ingredient or as side dish of popular desserts like kheer, malpua, halwa, payasam, sheera, and paniyaram.
In all the aforesaid dishes, Banana serves more like a fruit and maybe you also think it as a mere fruit in terms of its culinary application. This perception will chance once you know about Kerala’s Nendran and Kannan varieties of Banana (Plantain) that are relatively being used more like a vegetable. Cut into smaller chunks or thinly sliced, it can used for making wafers, subzis, kebabs, pakoras, and the most importantly for the curry preparations in Kerala cuisine such as Avial and Kalan. They can also be included in babies’ diet in the form of raw banana powder and is good for boosting healthy weight gain as well. As it can be seen in many forms like ripe, fried, boiled, cooked, mashed, roasted, as it can be used as a fruit and vegetable alike; Banana definitely owns the title of being the most versatile one in the fruit’s world.
Banana; The Baby Super Food
Hailed ‘The King of Bananas’, the Nendran/Etha Pazham/Kerala Banana can be regarded as the traditional super food owe to its taste and nutrient content. This plantain is Bigger, thick skinned with the starchy meat inside acting as a source of energy and essential nutrients the body needs in abundance. Bananas are full of carbohydrates for sustained energy, as well as fiber to support a healthy digestive tract. Babies have tinier tummies so they usually don't eat much. So ,it’s important that their diets contain food items that have plenty of nutrients and Banana easily fills the spot. They act as a perfectly portable baby food, as they come in their own easy-to-peel packaging. But the only thing is that it should be ripe, steamed or mashed depending upon the age and digestive capacity of the baby. It can also be given as a finger food for toddlers. There is also ‘Kannan Kaya’ another variety of Banana from Kerala that is widely given as the first food for babies. Both the varieties can be included in the form of raw banana powder which is regarded a complete natural food for babies above 6 months.
Benefits of Raw Banana Powder-The Traditional Baby Food
It’s always tough to select a nutritious diet for our baby. Weaning your baby from milk to solids is as exciting as confusing. You need to make right food choices for the baby from the beginning itself. At this point the all-natural Banana Powder can be easily trusted as the best natural superfood for baby giving them some potent health benefits along with satiating their appetite. Raw Banana Flour is made from unripe bananas (Raw Kannan Kaya or Nendran Kaya ).Carefully peeled, dried green bananas are milled into a flour so that its nutrient content can be stored for longer time without any damage. In a land like Kerala, where there is rain fall for six months and the remaining six months practicallyleft dry; this is what our Grandmothers did in ancient times for the new-borns and kids in the family to get enough of food and nutrition all throughout the year.The Nutrient value and Health Benefits of this sweet tasting Health mix is as detailed below;
- Raw banana/plantain is easily digestible and doesn't cause cold to children unlike regular bananas
- Helps to boost their immune system
- Promotes healthy brain function in babies and kids
- No artificial and synthetic ingredients included
- Weight gaining food for babies and toddlers.
- Rich in Minerals like Potassium, Iron, other micro nutrients and dietary fiber
- Builds Strong Bones
- Relieves Constipation in Babies and Kids
Banana porridge prepared from natural Kannan kaya powder is believed to be an ideal food for the babies. The only ingredients required to make this delicious and nourishing porridge is Raw Banana powder (Ethakkaya podi ), Palm Jaggery liquid/palm sugar/jaggery for sweetness and a small teaspoon of pure Desi Ghee. The porridge can be prepared either in water or milk. Nevertheless, you should refrain from giving cow’s milk to baby’s who are not above 12 months.
For Grown ups- A perfect alternative to Wheat & Rice
Whether you're eating gluten-free, keto, paleo, or just looking for better-for-you food options, organic raw banana flour is arguably the best choice you can make. Made from unripe fruit that is dried and milled, Raw Banana has high levels of resistant starch, which helps people who eat it feel full faster. Possibly the most nutrient-packed alternative flour out there, it has a slightly sweet and fresh taste, and can be used in several baked applications such as bread, pancakes, pastries and pasta. Apart from its incredible flavor and texture, banana flour is extremely nutritious and contains high amounts of potassium, vitamins and minerals in every serving. Unlike rice and wheat, Raw Banana Flour’s starch content is not absorbed by the small intestine. So, actually its consumption leads to just the opposite effect than the one you’d experience from eating other typical starches. It won’t cause a spike in blood sugar and a significant insulin response. Instead, the resistant starches in Banana flour are slowly processed and have more moderate effects.
Some Banana Tricks to Try-out
- As a supplement, just add 1-2 tablespoons to your smoothie, yoghurt, or whatever raw food you eat.
- Substitute or give a swap to wheat and rice-based flour with raw banana flour.
- Can be used for baking breads, cookies, brownies and for making pastas and noodles.
- Try making some yummy pancakes and oats Porridge with it.
- You can also make halwa with this raw banana powder which is also a perfect dessert
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