Traditional Sweet Dish. All Natural, But Process Oriented.

After voting in the Kerala Assembly Elections, I thought of trying out something very traditional from memory.

I said it’s natural but process oriented. I am talking about the time consuming process of getting ripe Kerala bananas, sun dried. It took a few weeks.

Now that I have the dried banana, I can use it for about a year. I took a few, cut them into small squares. Added some grated coconut and I really miss the third ingredient.

That’s paani, the boiled down thick sweet honey consistency of toddy, the extract of flowers of a special variety of palm trees called ‘choondapana’.

It’s difficult to come by a bottle of paani. The right of palm tree owner is nationalised and went to the excise licensed toddy shops colloquially named ‘shaap’.

In my childhood days, we used to get the toddy from our trees, every alternate day. 12 bottles of it used to give a bottle of paani. My mother used to make 2 bottles of paani every alternate day.

In the absence of paani, I used the second best thing, honey.

This dish is so delicious and natural.

Traditional Sweet Dish. All Natural, But Process Oriented.

Sun-drying Bananas. How Not To Share With Birds.

Sun-dried bananas last for over a year and I got some cut ready to be spread in the balcony for drying.

There’s a problem though, birds come visiting. Not that I am bird hater or something like that; just that what is due to Ceaser is Ceaser’s.

I remembered the old trick of warding off pigeons. By the way pigeons are calm, nice, soft etc. but number one in using your space as toilet.

The technique is to hang CD discs on a thread. The shine in sunlight and the swing in wind would keep the birds on neighbors balcony, temporarily.

They will come back to sing for you once the banana is dried.

Sun-drying Bananas. How Not To Share With Birds.

Abundance Is Not Always a Bliss. Excess Sometimes Hurts.

I am back with the problems of people who grow seasonal produce. And this is on Kerala bananas.

Kerala bananas are unique and I have seen the same ones in some other countries like Ghana. It is used for making banana chips, banana fritters etc. Though available throughout the year, there’s bumper crops during the season.

Like all perishable produce, the excess in the season is a problem. And we see abundance along the highways selling at low prices like 4 kgs for 100 rupees.

We can help the farmers by buying this excess to process them for storage for later use.

Here it’s just a natural process without any additives. I have 6 bananas here, skinned and sliced into 4 slices for each banana.

The slices are then kept in the the sun to dry. A few days of good sunlight will process the slices into sun dried bananas.

These then can be stored in glass jars for over a year in room temperature. It’s delicious on its own. Fabulous with some grated coconut, honey, sugar or jaggery.

Cut into small pieces, the sun dried bananas can be used as dry fruits for any preparation needing dry fruits.

Banana planters get to sell their produce at a reasonable price when we individuals buy them in larger quantities and preserve for future use.

It’s again a win-win and provides the satisfaction of fulfilling a social responsibility.

Abundance Is Not Always a Bliss. Excess Sometimes Hurts.