BANANA FLOWER USLI!

A little more than two decades ago, while I was in service with the premier Public Sector Organization –LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA- there was an occasion to stay in Taj hotel at Mumbai along with my colleague Shri Akbar Ali.

As we went for our lunch we were attracted by a special menu-BANANA FLOWER USLI- and as we ordered and the dish came we were shocked to find a 50gram side dish known as the title of this story shown above at a cost of Rs250?-!!!!

Almost twice a month we do this called வாழைப்பூ உசிலி- (vaazaippoo usili) in our home may be the family requirement of 400 grams at a cost less than rs.25!!!!!!!!!!!

Having ordered we could not return and we took it with a pinch of salt as it was not even one tenth of the taste our people prepare at home!

We know that banana is one of the best vegetables created by the Lord Almighty for the benefit of all living beings- humans and animals. Every part of a plantain tree- banana tree- is of great use in one way or the other.

Its Roots, stem, leaves, banana ripe or otherwise, flower- every part is of use to the people. How nice if only every part of every individual human being is of  positive use, help and service to every other individual. The society will be enjoying peace and harmony, poise and prosperity, health and happiness!

Let us have a look at the plantain.

  Health benefits

Heart health

Bananas are good for our heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout our body, which is required to keep our heart beating. Bananas’ high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect our cardiovascular system against high blood pressure.

A 2017 animal study conducted by researchers found that the potassium in bananas is also linked to arterial effectiveness; the more potassium we have, the less likely our arteries are to harden. In the study, mice with lower-potassium diet had harder arteries than mice consuming a normal amount of potassium. Arterial stiffness in humans is linked to heart disease.

Depression and mood

Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression “due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,”  vitamin B6 can help our sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well known for its sleep-inducing properties.

Digestion and weight loss

Bananas are high in fiber, which can help keep us regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of our daily fiber requirement. Vitamin B6 can also help protect against type 2 diabetesand aid in weight loss. In general, bananas are a great weight loss food because they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings.

Bananas are particularly high in resistant starch, a form of dietary fiber in bananas may support gut health and control blood sugar. Resistant starch increases the production of short chain fatty acids in the gut, which are necessary to gut health.

Exercise 

For replenishing energy and electrolytes, bananas can be more effective than sports drinks. One looked at male athletes competing in long-distance cycling races. They compared athletes refueling with Gatorade every 15 minutes to athletes refueling with a banana and water. The athletes’ performance times and body physiology were the same in both cases. But the banana’s serotonin and dopamine improved the athletes’ antioxidant capacity and helped with oxidative stress, improving performance overall.

Vision

Carrots may get all the glory for helping our eyes, but bananas do their share as well. The fruits contain significant amount of vitamin A, which is essential for protecting our eyes, maintaining normal vision and improving vision at night. Vitamin A contains compounds that preserve the membranes around our eyes and are an element in the proteins that bring light to our corneas. Like other fruits, bananas can help prevent macular degeneration, an incurable condition, which blurs central vision.

Bones

Calcium in bananas is helpful in keeping bones strong.Bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides. These are non digestive carbohydrates that encourage digestive-friendly probotics and enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Cancer

Some evidence suggests that moderate consumption of bananas may be protective against kidney cancer. Women who ate more than 75 servings of fruits and vegetables cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40 percent, and that bananas were especially effective. Women eating four to six bananas a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer.

Bananas may be helpful in preventing kidney cancer because of their high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds.

Pregnancy

The potassium in bananas is correlated with women giving birth to baby boys. A study looked at 740 women and saw that those who consumed high levels of potassium prior to conception were more likely to have a boy that those who did not.

Bananas may also help prevent gestational diabetes. Lack of sleep during pregnancy can contribute to gestational diabetes.. But the magnesium and tryptophan in bananas can help ensure a good night’s rest.

Banana peels: edible or poisonous?

 

It turns out that the biggest risk from a banana peel might really be slipping on it. Banana peels are not poisonous. In fact, they’re edible, and packed with nutrients. “Banana peel is eaten in many parts of the world. “It contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium. It also contains some fiber and protein.”

It is important to carefully wash a banana peel before eating it due to the pesticides that may be sprayed in banana groves.

Banana peels are usually served cooked, boiled or fried, though they can be eaten raw or put in a blender with other fruits. They are not as sweet as banana flesh. Riper peels will be sweeter than unripe ones.

Other banana facts

Bananas may have been the world’s first cultivated fruit. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a berry. A bunch of bananas is called a hand; a single banana is a finger.

There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas,  Nearly all the bananas sold in stores are cloned from just one variety,

Botanically, there is no difference between plantains and bananas. But in general use, “banana” refers to the sweeter form of the fruit, which is often eaten uncooked, while “plantain” refers to a starchier fruit that is often cooked before eating.

                               (Technical information from Google Guru)

 

 

Tamil Nadu is to become the number one area in the world in banana production beating Ecuador and Indonesia if post-harvest losses were cut down and more marketing efforts were taken.

Areas in Tamil Nadu where banana is prominently cultivated are Theni, Trichy, Erode, Thoothukudi, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Thanjavur and Dindigul. The varieties cultivated include Grand Naine, Virupakshi, Sirumalai, Rasthali, poovan and Red Banana. Most of the bananas produced here go to the Gulf countries.

 

Raw banana is used for preparing different side dishes – in Tamil parlance- poriyal, koottu, varuval and so on!

Similarly the stem- known as vaazhaith thaNdu- is used for pachadi, porial and koottu. When its juice is taken regularly, no question of stones in kidney, urinary track etc.

Nendhram variety from Kerala – raw or ripe- is known for making chips all over the country!

Coming back to our banana flower usli, here we find the banana flower ready to be cooked. Last Sunday we had at home that triggered my thoughts and the result is today’s Sunday story that was presented above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY is 10th December.

 

All living beings created by the Lord Almighty
Have basic rights- known or unknown-humans or animals
Right to live, earn, eat and to be at peace all the life time
Alas! Many times human beings have to fight for rights!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Human
Rights Day observed on this day as per UNO-
Political, social, economic, cultural and
Civil rights- constitute human rights for all to enjoy!

Slavery, torture, genocide and war crimes haunted all
A just society cannot tolerate- to stand quite tall
Came the United Nations to the rescue of the world
At least in theory we have with violations bold.

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,19,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the112th  view at 16.30 hours yesterday viz Friday  the 8th December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS  crossed ONE LAKH  AND NINETEEN THOUSAND (1,19,000) from more than 210 countries  around the world on the 1015th day and 1062nd post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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FRIEND OF TREES (Part 1)

Bamboo
Asked I to Bamboo tree: Have you at any time felt inferior to others because you are so lean?
Said Bamboo with a pride: Why should I? I help the humans to build their houses  especially the poor.

Said I: How else you are useful to the living beings?
With a sense of joy the bamboo said: My dear friend don’t you know that I serve as food to many- birds and men.

With surprise I asked: Food to people?
Bamboo said with a sense of sacrifice: Yes very much.
My shoot in fermented state is an important ingredient
in cuisines across the Himalayas.In Assam I am  khorisa.
In Nepal, a delicacy popular consists of my shoots
Fermented with turmeric and oil, and cooked with potatoes
into a dish that  accompanies rice (alu tama (आलु तामा)

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Khao lam (Thai: ) is glutinous rice with sugar and coconut cream
Cooked in specially prepared bamboo sections of different diameters and lengths.
In Indonesia, I am sliced thin and then boiled with thick coconut milk
And spices to make gulai rebung. Others are sayur lodeh-mixed vegetables
In coconut milk and lun pia fried wrapped bamboo shoots with vegetables.
Pickled bamboo is made from the pith of the young shoots.
Pickled bamboo shoots are cooked with black-eyed beans
As a delicacy food in Nepal. Many restaurant around the world
Serve this dish as aloo bodi tama. Fresh shoots are sliced
And pickled with mustard seeds and turmeric and kept in glass jar
In direct Sunlight used alongside many dried beans in cooking during winters.
Baby shoots  of a very different variety.Cooked as a curry in hilly regions.

In East Timor, cooking food is tukir. In Sambalpur,  the tender shoots
Grated into juliennes and fermented to make kardi.  from karira.
Fermented shoot  used in various food preparations, amil,

 

A sour vegetable soup, also made into pancakes
With rice flour as a binding agent. Shoots turned
A little fibrous-Fermented, dried, and ground to sand-sized
Made a garnish- hendua- also cooked with tender pumpkin leaves
To make sag green leaves.
In Konkani food the tender shoots (kirlu) are grated
Cooked with crushed jackfruit seeds-kirla sukke made!
The empty hollow in the stalks of larger bamboo used to cook food.
Soups  boiled and rice  cooked in the hollows of fresh stalks
Directly over a flame. Steamed tea rammed into bamboo hollows
compressed forms of Pu-erh tea. Cooking food gives the food
Subtle but distinctive taste.

Don’t you know my friend I am in the exalted hands of Lord Krishna as flute?

My dear friend are you now satisfied that I am in God’s creation unique and distinct!.

With reverence I bowed my head and said: You are indeed great. Thanks.

WORLD FOOD DAY 16th OCTOBER

“INVEST IN FOOD AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT-WORLD IS ON THE MOVE”
Noble theme of the current year for the day “World Food Day” approved
By the United Nations’great “Food and Agricultural
Organization for the world to prosper with funds sufficient!

Great nationalist Poet from Tamil Nadu= Bharathiyar
Declared a century ago ” If an individual has
No food on earth, let us destroy the whole Universe” staunch he was
Unfortunate people die for want of food in countries many!

Duty of the Government and the society is to provide
Food for all- twice a day if not thrice- no death due to starvation
Ideal goal for accomplish- no cost too much-not to divide
The haves and haves-not, rich and poor- all need food no reservation!

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL HANDLOOM DAY 7/8/17.

 

Nation’s destiny is firmly fixed to the handloom artisans
Indeed was the view of the Father of the Nation – not partisan
Mechanization cannot engage all in the country he felt
Lo! His thoughts are sent to the winds and got in thin air melt!

Nation to search, unfortunate, for handloom artists and their art
Today is National Handloom day –to think, focus at least part
The dying art to be enlivened by the art loving public
Let us honestly do for sustaining our culture fantastic!

Guwahati to host today for the North-Eastern States so great
Great and invaluable art, artisans spread in every part
Let every citizen make efforts to uphold the dignity
On this day holy- and ensure their survival   for eternity!

SAINT ALPHONSA FEAST DAY-28th JULY

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Kerala born little girl named Anna chosen by Jesus
To carry HIS sufferings right from her childhood precious!
She became Saint Alphonso -lived hardly years thirty five
A symbol of carrying the sufferings of her supposed spouse.

She wrote in her spiritual diary:
“I do not wish to act or speak according to my inclinations.
Every time I fail, I will do penance…
I want to be careful never to reject anyone.
I will only speak sweet words to others.
I want to control my eyes with rigour.
I will ask pardon of the Lord for every little failure
And I will atone for it through penance.
No matter what my sufferings may be, I will never complain
And if I have to undergo any humiliation,
I will seek refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus”.

Yes, she is in the Sacred Heart of Jesus blessing all
An Indian born great Saint- taking care of all standing tall
Today is HER feast day- let us take care of the poor and feed
Show our concern for the world on this holy day- a great need!

 

WORLD MILK DAY

World Milk Day

God in HIS wonderful creation of this great world
Created -small or big,all living beings quite bold
With meaning and purpose for mutual joy and peace
For all HIS creations to spend lives with poise and ease!

Cow, goat and camel yield healthy milk for young and old
Just born child, or its mother or dying grand father old
Cow’s milk a nectar- giving all strength all over the world
World Milk Day is today to make the people aware of!

“Drink Fresh Milk to keep the Body Fit, Smart Brain”.Milk for Health
And Prosperity. “Milk is the First Food for Human indeed a great wealth”
“World Class Nutrition”.”Milk is the First Food for Human”.
Let us drink daily and avail the God’s compassion !