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Here’s Why You Should Use Banana Leaves For Cooking

How to cook food in banana leaves? 

From cooking food to serving food, banana leaves have been a part of South Indian kitchens for years together. Banana leaves do not just look beautiful while presenting food but are also bio-degradable which can be later used to make compost. Benefits of food cooked in banana leaves along with it an authentic South Indian recipe cooked using banana leaves. 

Cooking in banana leaves

Banana leaves are often used to make dishes that are steamed, which makes zero-oil cooking possible. Banana leaves contain large amounts of polyphenols which are natural antioxidants that are found in several plant-based foods. When food is steamed in banana leaves, it absorbs the polyphenols which are said to prevent many lifestyle diseases.

Serving food in banana leaves

Banana leaves are widely used to serve food in the South Indian states of India. They are not just economical but also save one from washing those extra utensils. Banana leaves are first washed well, then dried a bit, and then used as a platter to serve different types of dishes like Idli, Dosa, Uttapam, Vada, Sambhar, Papad, Tomato Rice, Coconut Chutney, and many more. 

How to store banana leaves?

If you have a bunch of fresh banana leaves and wish to store them for later usage, here is an easy way to do so. Clean the banana leaves, pat them dry and store them in an airtight plastic bag. Now just place the bag in the freezer and you can literally store it for months together. Make sure you thaw the leaves before using them to bring them to their usual shape and texture. A number of households in South India follow the humble tradition of eating with hands with food spread on banana leaves while sitting on the floor. 

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