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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 36311 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2015-07-16 09:30:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-07-15 23:30:38 [post_content] => Malaysian cuisine is a melting pot of cultures and the fusion of different cuisine makes it all the more unique. Among the three different cuisines: Malay, Malaysian Chinese, and Malaysian Indian, there are authentic dishes that encompass the essence of each of these cuisines' origins. Malaysian Indian food comprises a gamut of dishes that entreat your taste buds. Among them is the popular banana leaf meal which has an array of delicacies to offer. malaysia banana leaf meal

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Banana leaves are used as a multi-purpose ingredient in Indian cuisine. Right from serving food, to packing food, to using them for poojas ( Worshipping God). Did you know that eating food on banana leaves are known to aid digestion better and regulate bowel movement? The fragrance of the banana leaf can also leave one feeling refreshed and makes the food seem more appetising.

Why are Banana Leaf meals popular in Malaysia?

The reason why banana leaves are used for serving food is due to its size. It is big enough to serve as a platter by itself and also because you can serve a large variety of dishes on the leaf from the sweet to the savoury. The small leaves are used for breakfast & dinner while the largest are reserved for lunch. Extensively used in the South Indian Cuisine, the hygiene aspect of banana leaves is intriguing as it requires minimal cleaning. To clean it, you simply have to sprinkle water and wipe the leaves, after which it is ready to have food served on it. Furthermore it is also chemical-free, reducing the need to thoroughly scrub it down. It is also very practical since it capable of holding an entire meal and is waterproof, which holds the preparations without getting soggy. These leaves are also eco-friendly, as compared to plastic and styrofoam, and is biodegradable. Banana leaf is full of antioxidants and eating hot, freshly cooked foods on the banana leaf is one good way to get all the antioxidants easily. health benefits of eating on banana leafs

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You can buy fresh banana leaves in Asian markets and freeze them for later use.

Health benefits of having a meal on a banana leaf:

1. Banana leaves are packed with plant-based compounds called polyphenols which are also found in green tea and battles free radicals while preventing diseases. 2. While banana leaves are not easy to digest if eaten directly, the food served on top will absorb the polyphenols from the leaves, so that you get the benefit of the compounds without having the trouble of digesting the leaves. 3. It is also believed that the leaf has anti-bacterial properties that kill all the germs in the food, thereby reducing the chances of you falling sick. 4. Steaming or cooking food in banana leaf also adds a sweet flavour. Besides giving us the fruit and the leaves, the blossoms of the banana tree (banana flowers) also come with amazing health benefits. [post_title] => Why are Banana Leaf Meals Popular in Malaysia? [post_excerpt] => The Malaysian Indian food comprises of a gamut of dishes that entreat your taste buds. Among them is the popular banana leaf meals that are popular in Malaysia. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => why-are-banana-leaf-meals-popular-in-malaysia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-21 15:56:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-21 04:56:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://asianinspirations.com.au/?post_type=asian-culture&p=36311 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => asian-culture [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Why are Banana Leaf Meals Popular in Malaysia?

Malaysian cuisine is a melting pot of cultures and the fusion of different cuisine makes it all the more unique. Among the three different cuisines: Malay, Malaysian Chinese, and Malaysian Indian, there are authentic dishes that encompass the essence of each of these cuisines’ origins.

Malaysian Indian food comprises a gamut of dishes that entreat your taste buds. Among them is the popular banana leaf meal which has an array of delicacies to offer.

malaysia banana leaf meal

Image: Behan used under the Creative Commons Licence

Banana leaves are used as a multi-purpose ingredient in Indian cuisine. Right from serving food, to packing food, to using them for poojas ( Worshipping God).

Did you know that eating food on banana leaves are known to aid digestion better and regulate bowel movement?

The fragrance of the banana leaf can also leave one feeling refreshed and makes the food seem more appetising.

Why are Banana Leaf meals popular in Malaysia?

The reason why banana leaves are used for serving food is due to its size. It is big enough to serve as a platter by itself and also because you can serve a large variety of dishes on the leaf from the sweet to the savoury. The small leaves are used for breakfast & dinner while the largest are reserved for lunch.

Extensively used in the South Indian Cuisine, the hygiene aspect of banana leaves is intriguing as it requires minimal cleaning. To clean it, you simply have to sprinkle water and wipe the leaves, after which it is ready to have food served on it. Furthermore it is also chemical-free, reducing the need to thoroughly scrub it down. It is also very practical since it capable of holding an entire meal and is waterproof, which holds the preparations without getting soggy.

These leaves are also eco-friendly, as compared to plastic and styrofoam, and is biodegradable. Banana leaf is full of antioxidants and eating hot, freshly cooked foods on the banana leaf is one good way to get all the antioxidants easily.

health benefits of eating on banana leafs

Image: Amanderson used under the Creative Commons Licence

You can buy fresh banana leaves in Asian markets and freeze them for later use.

Health benefits of having a meal on a banana leaf:

1. Banana leaves are packed with plant-based compounds called polyphenols which are also found in green tea and battles free radicals while preventing diseases.

2. While banana leaves are not easy to digest if eaten directly, the food served on top will absorb the polyphenols from the leaves, so that you get the benefit of the compounds without having the trouble of digesting the leaves.

3. It is also believed that the leaf has anti-bacterial properties that kill all the germs in the food, thereby reducing the chances of you falling sick.

4. Steaming or cooking food in banana leaf also adds a sweet flavour.

Besides giving us the fruit and the leaves, the blossoms of the banana tree (banana flowers) also come with amazing health benefits.

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