Nendran Banana/Etham Pazham/Kerala Banana is one of the superfoods I have ever known and seen in terms of taste and nutrients. It is called “King of Bananas”.This recipe had been our favourite snack since childhood and now it is my son’s favourite too.When I was doing my college studies one of the dietitians I had met said one steamed nendran is equivalent to a plate of wholesome breakfast meal.By wholesome she means a complete combination of all nutrients like carbs,vitamins,minerals,proteins etc.It is so tasty,yummy,rich in nutrition and very healthy.It helps in weight gain.The potassium in this banana will help you prevent kidney stones and ulcers. This is a regular staple food for all Keralaites. It is extremely filling and a very simple recipe.
1.Take two nendran bananas and cut both the ends.
2.Place them in the steamer and steam for 10 minutes.
3. It would have turned soft and skin would be able to peel. Peel the skin
4.Slice them and offer to babies. For babies less than one year remove the central black seed portion and offer.
Ensure that bananas are neither so firm nor so ripe.
If it is too ripe you can have it raw.
There is no compulsion to steam this banana.You can offer your babies above 1 year the raw banana too.Steaming enhances the taste and softens the fruit.
Remove the centre stalk for babies below one year.
Don’t offer this as a puree as it would be too gluey. Just mash with your fingers and offer.
This can be offered to babies above 6 months.
Always have a word with your doctor before offering any new food to babies.
Please consider all family history of allergies before trying any new food.
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