While I’m on the subject of banana leaves, I thought I would share a traditional way to serve Indian food that is also a fun family craft.
- Wipe a fresh banana leaf with a damp towel to remove any debris.
- Cut out the center stem from the leaf leaving two long halves.
- Blanch the leaf pieces in boiling water for 30 seconds. Dry and let cool.
- Cut squares from each leaf half.
- Place the square with the shiny side down so it ends up on the outside.
- Fold each corner to the center to make a half-sized square.
- Fold the top corner and bottom corner to the center of the square so the points of the new folds overlap the corners from the first folds.
- Carefully lift the folded pieces and secure the new fold to the first fold flaps using either two toothpicks or a stapler. Traditionally they would be tied with strips of fibers from the stem of the leaf.
- Lift the sides to open the bowl.
- Fill with your favorite dish.
These cute bowls can also be used for presenting gifts or holding small treasures like jewelry or shells. They last for a long time and are recyclable!
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