Banana grit from Changalikodan Nendran Banana
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5th January, 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.