Going bananas over plantain flour

It’s a craze that has caught even the Primary Minister’s interest. Through his latest ‘Mann Ki Baat’ PM Narendra Modi spoke about how homemakers in Karnataka are planning different dishes with banana flour, replacing wheat and maida.

Plantain flour — designed with environmentally friendly bananas — is not new to the area, getting been applied as little one foodstuff and as a nutritional nutritional supplement for the aged.

Even so, what is new is the way homemakers are now employing the flour in novel strategies, dishing up chapatis, gulab jamun, noodles and barfi amid other merchandise.

Jackfruit activist Shree Padre has been partly responsible for the area heading bananas above plantain flour. It all begun when Padre posted a couple of strains about Jayambika, a homemaker from Thrissur, in a WhatsApp group of farmers. When she saw there was very low need for bananas, Jayambika acquired various bunches and powdered them and bought them. Jeesy George of Alleppy Krishi Vijnan Kendra guided her in the preparing of the powder.

Influenced by this write-up, Nayana Anand, a homemaker from Tumakuru in Karnataka, as well powdered the plantain escalating in her yard and tried using different dishes with it.

Padre posted Nayana’s expertise and it went viral. Lots of commenced experimenting with it and creating new dishes.

According to Padre, extra than a hundred households have taken up the preparing of banana flour in the previous a single thirty day period, displaying the enormous prospective it has.

He explained banana flour preparing is particularly pertinent in belts in which farmers deal with glut in creation or in which good quality challenges inhibit sale. It requires just three times to convert environmentally friendly bananas into flour and so a perishable commodity can be transformed into a more time use product or service.

Straightforward to put together

Two spoons of salt have to be additional to a diluted rice starch alternative. Green banana, after peeling, has to be soaked in this alternative for ten minutes, after which it can be sliced and sunshine dried. A normal mixer grinder at home was applied by the farmers to powder it to put together the flour.

According to Padre, plantain flour could be a viable micro business for farmers, and cited the instance of Ajjappa Kulagod, a farmer from Belagavi district, who has begun manufacturing it and advertising and marketing it locally.

He states the extra ambitious could established up micro flour mills which could aid both of those the farmer as perfectly as the entrepreneur and supply area employment. All that these a device demands by way of expenditure is a slicer, a drier and a pulveriser. It undoubtedly appears like an plan to get floured about.