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Banana grit from Changalikodan Nendran Banana

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    5th Jan, 2021
  • Scientists at the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) at Pappanamcode here in Kerala have come up with a new product, banana grit or granules, developed from raw Nendran bananas.

The new product

  • The product resembles to ‘rava’ and broken wheat.
  • Billed as an ideal ingredient for a healthy diet, banana grit can be used for making a wide range of dishes.
  • The granules can be used for making upma, or it can be mixed with banana powder for porridge, with milk or coconut milk for use as a health drink.
  • The concept was introduced to utilise the presence of resistant starch in bananas, which is reported to improve gut health.
  • Hence, the dishes prepared with banana grit and its by-product, banana powder, incline to the new focus on gut health, which the scientific community is widely discussing now to maintain health and well-being.

About Nendran banana

  • Changalikodan Nendran Banana or famously known as Changalikodan is a banana variety originated and cultivated in Chengazhikodu village of Thrissur District in Kerala
  • Changalikodan are mainly cultivated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river.
  • Changalikodan got Geographical indication registration from the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai.
  • Generally consumed ripe, Nendran banana also finds use in typical Kerala dishes such as avial and thoran.

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