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    Why food is served in Plantain leaf or Vazha Ilai ?

    வாழ இலையில் சாப்பாடு ஏன் பரிமாற படுகிறது ...please post your detailed reply here..

    K Mohan
  • #1328
    First of all,it goes down to the tradition of blending with nature.All those things that are associated or that which lives off Nature is part and parcel of our heritage. A few among those are

    Worshipping the cow-using cow dung to clean because it has cleansing properties and because the cow is revered as Gomatha and is a repository of goodness and nourishment because it it the next to one's own mother.

    The second is using a plantain leaf.

    It is a sign of auspiciousness. When a person buys bundles of plantian leaves,we can know that there is a celebration in his house.

    That is why it is called 'Thala vazhai illai' where a lot of traditional foods are served.

    Whatever customs our ancients followed had some reason. The plantain leaf has a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. But it would be asking for too much if we decide to eat a plantain leaf because it is good for health.

    So we eat from it and not eat it.

    When you serve very hot rice on the leaf, you can notice how the color of the leaf under the rice changes.

    It turns to a brownish green color. It means that the hot rice has absorbed the essence of the leaf. And when we eat this rice,the nutrients from the leaf gets into our system.

    The culimation of a meal on a plantain leaf is chewing the betel leaf,which is again full of nutrients. The betel leaf has vitamins A and C and accompanied by chunam or limestone which has vitamin C,the paan aids in digestion.

  • #1336
    Hello Gayathri thanks for giving a elaborate meaning for this post and enlightening us with the importance of eating in plantain leaf. Yes as you said eating in this leaf is not only clean but also very auspicious in Hindu culture. Now it has beee proved that eating on plantain leaf is more useful because it has more vitamins. Good to share the thoughts here.

    K Mohan

    Theeinal Sutta Punn Arumay...Aaradhey Naavinaal Sutta Vadu...

  • #1349
    Serving food in Banana leaf is followed in south India. This is one of the ancient culture and tradition followed still to show our hospitality with or without knowing the Advantages.

    Banana tree has great medicinal values, by eating Banana leaf is equal to fresh plate for each meal.Banana leaf is bio-degradable. This is Traditional and cosidered as holy thing in all the South India functions.


  • #1351
    Kavita thanks for participating in this post and replying with apt points. Definately the uses of eating in plantain leaf is more and our elders did follow it everytime. We the younger generation also follow the same.

    K Mohan

    Theeinal Sutta Punn Arumay...Aaradhey Naavinaal Sutta Vadu...

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