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PIKKALLE KELE SUKKEILELE(SUNDRIED RIPE BANANA)

The sun dried banana(the nentrapazham of Kerala) is very nutritious and an excellent complement to go with corn flakes, porridge, etc. Mixing of the dry banana pieces(along with other dry fruit pieces) with these breakfast varieties makes them more tasty and adds to the nutrition  content. It is a good and  healthy value addition.It creates a marvellous taste  and extremely good for the young toddlers as well as growing children. It can also be consumed as it is.

METHOD:

A few of the bananas can be kept under the hot sun for a few days. It shrinks, as it gets gradually dehydrated. No special attention is needed for this, except for the look out for crows and other small birds.

It can be added to the milk and make a milk shake or add its pieces to the ragi/dhalia porridge, normally given to young kids.

The dehydrated banana can also be added while making cakes, dryfruit halwa, etc. where other dryfruits are used.

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PIKKALLE KELE BHAJJILLE( RIPE BANANA  ROAST)

The whole ripe Kerala banana(nenthrapazham) along with the skin can be roasted on a direct coal fire or direct gas flame using a metal gauze with handle. It has to be constantly rolled on the gauze, quarter diameter by quarter, as and when the portion directly exposed to the fire is roasted, till the whole banana is roasted. Specific care should be taken to ensure that the banana is not overburnt.

Rightly roasted banana is a healthy food, even for the toddlers. It is both filling as well as nutritious. No nutrients  are lost while roasting, hence good for small children. It is very easy and simple to prepare.

For the preparation of this item, only bananas.(nenthrapazham) are required and nothing else.

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SATHAA PITTIYE  NISSEIN(HEALTH POWDER PORRIDGE)/MUSKAT/DOSA
 
Porridge(kanji) can be made with this powder.  It can be an excellent alternative to the normal breakfast . It is both healthy and highly nutritious. The porridge should be stirred continuously while preparing it. One of the add-ons which is explained below can make this preparation much more nutritious than whatever is available in the market.
 
PREPARATION OF HEALTH POWDER: 
Ingredients:
 
nachni-1kg,
whole wheat-1/4kg,
chana dal-1/4kg,
moong dal-1/4kg,
maize(Juari)-1/4kg,
barley-100gms
soyabean-1/4kg and
flaxseeds-100gms
 
Method:
Clean and roast all the items separately and grind together to a fine powder, on cooling.
Grinding can be got done in a flourmill, or at home using a mixer, if the quantity is small.
This powder can be stored for a long time and used as and when required.
 
1. PORRIDGE.
 
Porridge/Kanji can be made with this powder, which is very nutritious.
Add 2 tsps of this powder to 1 mug of water, dissolve it and cook it for 2 mts in a vessel, while continuosly stirring it. 
The plain porridge is ready for use.
 
VALUE  ADDITION 1:
A tbsp  of sugar and half a cup of milk can be added to a large mug of porridge. This will greatly enhance the flavour and taste of the porridge and will make it highly appealing to the children.
 
Alternatively, a bit of salt and 1tbsp of dahi added to a large mug of porridge can also make the difference.
The quantity of sugar and milk can be altered  as per the individual taste. 
 
VALUE  ADDITION 2:
Prepare a smooth chutney by grinding a bunch each of pudina leaves,dania leaves, curry leaves in equal quantity, a piece of ginger and 2 to 3 green chillies along with it. This chutney can be stored in a fridge for a fortnight.
A teaspoonful of this chutney can be added to a mug of salted porridge, after it is done.  
 
VALUE  ADDITION 3:
Roast a few almonds, pistachios, and cashewnuts(about 10 each) and grind them to powder. Add 1/2tsp of cardamom powder to the powder mix and thoroughly mix and store it.
A spoonful of this rich mix of proteins can be added to the milk porridge after it is done.
 
2.Muskat.
For details on the preparation of muskat, click on Tag ‘Wheat Preparation’.
However, in place of wheat flour, health powder should be used.
NOTE:
To make it more appetizing, chopped  onions, green chillies, ginger and chopped curry leaves  can be added while making the dough.  
 
3.DOSA/POLO.
For making dosa, mix the required quantity of the powder with water to get  a  dosa batter consistency.Add the required salt and mix it.
Plain dosa can be made with this batter.
NOTE:
To have a nice flavour and taste,  chopped onions, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves can be added while making the batter.
 
 
 

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