Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
- Raw Banana Powder – 2 tablespoon
- Jaggery powder – 2 teaspoon
- Water or Milk – 1 cup
- Ghee – 1 teaspoon
- Mix raw banana powder with boiling water until the powder dissolves and the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
- Switch on the stove and heat the mixture on medium flame.
- Once the mixture starts bubbling, add jaggery to it. You can use sugar but it is advisable to avoid sugar for babies less than 1-year-old. You can also add palm sugar.
- When the porridge starts coming off from the sides of the pan in which it is being cooked, it means that the porridge has been cooked well.
- You can finish the dish with a pinch of cinnamon powder.
- Turn off the flame and add ghee.
- You can use whole milk for this recipe, in place of water once your child is over 1 year. If your child is used to having formula milk, you can use formula milk instead of water right from the beginning.
Raw Banana Powder can be made at home or purchased from the store.
To make the powder at home you would need a bunch of large Kerala raw bananas.
- Chop the ends of the bananas, peel the skin and wash them thoroughly in turmeric water to remove stickiness.
- Using a slicer, slice the bananas into wafer thin slices.
- Spread the slices on a sheet under the sun and let them dry out completely.
- Once the slices are crispy, grind them to a powder.
- Sieve the powder to eliminate coarse pieces and store the fine powder in an airtight container.
In addition to all the nutritional benefits of bananas that are naturally fortified with potassium, and packed with other minerals and vitamins, Kerala bananas are also rich in carotenoids.