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How to Cook With Banana Leaves

How to Cook With Banana Leaves

How to Cook With Banana Leaves




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Banana Leaf, Favor Banana Leaves, Cut Banana Leaves, Banana Leaf Uses, Banana Leaf Recipe

Banana leaves are used for cooking, wrapping, and food serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical Africa.


How to Cook With Banana Leaves

Banana leaves are used for cooking, wrapping and food serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical Africa.
Steaming banana leaves

Banana leaves impart an aroma to food that is cooked in or served on them; steaming with banana leaves imparts a subtle sweet flavor and aroma to the dish. 

The leaves are not themselves eaten and are discarded after the food is eaten. Besides adding flavor, banana leaves are perfect for cooking cook fish, vegetables, rice or just about anything.

Banana leaves are used for baking wrapped food in the same way you would use tin foil or parchment paper. It is important to know banana leaf packets should be placed in a baking dish so the juices don't drip to the bottom of your oven.

How to Cut Banana Leaves


Use scissors to cut banana leaves into the size you need, depending on your recipe. For wrapping and baking food items, you will need a large leaf. Place enough for one serving in the center of the leaf, and then fold like a handkerchief to make a square packet and tie with string or a long strip of banana leaf.

Banana Leaf Recipe


Banana leaves are used for baking wrapped food in the same way you would use tin foil or parchment paper.
Selling banana coconut rice packets

Banana Coconut Rice Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups rice
4 ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthways, then crossways
½ cup coconut milk
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 large banana leaves, cut into 20 cm x 30 cm rectangles

Directions:
In a saucepan add rice, stir in the coconut milk, spices and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the coconut milk has been absorbed and the rice is thick and sticky. Cool for 5-10 minutes.


Soften the banana leaves by microwaving for a few minutes. Place one heaping tablespoon of cooled rice in the center of the leaf. Next, add a single piece of banana, followed by another tablespoon of rice on top of the banana, fold the sides of the leaves over and tie. Repeat with the remaining banana leaves, rice, and banana. Half-fill a large steamer or saucepan with water and bring to a rapid boil over high heat. Place the finished banana leaves in the steamer basket, and set it over the pan of water. Steam for 30 minutes.  Cool serve warm and enjoy.

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