Thursday, August 23, 2012

Steamed Bananas (Nendran Pazham)

Yes! You can bake, steam, fry, grill & even boil your plantains/bananas.

Try them all! But what I am to share with you today makes for a great breakfast or snack.

It is very healthy too. Great carbohydrate source! Well, that is not all my Doctor brother says it is a storehouse of all kinds of essential nutrients like potassium, magnesium & dietary fiber.

Works best for people suffering with gastric ulcers & helps keep a healthy digestive tract. It is also known to prevent cancer.

So why not eat a banana everyday instead??? Might not be possible to eat everyday but what I am trying to say is that eating bananas will not make you fat but healthy.

This is a very South-Indian way of cooking your banana.

All you need is:

  • Some South-Indian plantain which is better called Nendran or Nendran Pazham
  • Water for steaming
  • Steaming Pot


This is the fastest breakfast I guess!

 The Nendrans you use should be ripened well. The outer skin should change color to brownish black. So this helps you use up the extra ripe bananas so you don't need to dump it thinking its gone bad. Just some black spots are enough actually.

Now pour some water in your steaming pot. I used an Idli cooker. If you don't have one then you could use any cooker & fill water to some 2 inches.When the water starts to boil, place a grill or any other metal container/utensil which would fit in & place the bananas on it. Do not peel the skin off when steaming.

Cover the lid & let it steam for about 8 minutes & tada! your steamed healthy plantains are ready to be served. Cut it lengthwise, into halves or whichever way you wish to & serve with or without some fresh cream or butter. I prefer to eat it without any accompaniment.

Let me know if you try this.


  • I have not tried it with any other variety of banana - If you do then let me know
  • You could serve this with a dollop of vanilla ice cream


  1. V interesting - never had boiled bananas must try !

    1. Hi Simi, yeah! all the nutritional value stays intact when steamed. Let me know whenever you try :)

  2. Wat a wonderful way to enjoy this fruit.

  3. deliciously colorfull...

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  5. This is my favorite breakfast food. Love it.

  6. Never steamed them, gonna try..

    Yum! Yum! Yum!


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