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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Banana Leaf Meals and Usability!!!

South Indian meals are usually served in banana leaves. It is believed that these banana leaves give a special taste to the food, when served in it. Another main reason is that these leaves are easily available and this is the only leaf, that has enough space for the food we eat ;-)

There are plenty of interesting usability things, in serving the food.

1. The Leaf is placed such that the larger portion of it comes on the right side of the eater - so that is easy access and also there will be more space to mix the food.

2. Sweets, which are supposed to be had first during functions, are kept at the right side bottom (In Andhra, Pappu is kept at this right side bottom)

3. Rice is served at the center of the leaf (frequently accessed area), so that there is lot of space to create the rice well and then fill it with saambar.

4. Kootu, Poriyal and other side dishes are served at the top, to be taken now and then.

5. Salt and Pickle which should be taken in low quantities are placed at the left top corner (rarely used real estate)

6. Papad is placed at the left bottom, becase that is the only space available :-)

and I m trying to figure out why the leaves are closed from Top to down and not the other way!!!

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Blogger Venkat said...

What's going on here,Mr.Obvious? :P

5:59 PM  
Blogger N.V.Prashanth said...

Machi.. namakku ellam kaiyila kuduthaalae podhum illa?

7:12 AM  
Blogger Deena K said...

closing from top-2-bottom resembles the food is good or you like to continue to relationship with the host... else...

8:41 AM  
Blogger Vetty Officer said...

Nothing friend... just a square plus b square is equal to a plus b the whole square minus two ab

now confirmed uh, whats goin on :)

11:44 PM  
Blogger The Maverick Blog said...

Adutha Usability GURU neenga dhan!! Ofcourse, after Jacob Neison!! :D

11:46 PM  
Blogger Vetty Officer said...

//Machi.. namakku ellam kaiyila kuduthaalae podhum illa?

adhu ellam andha kalam..
ippo ellam pathirathoda koduthalae pathadhu nu nenaikaraen :)

8:14 AM  
Blogger Vetty Officer said...

//Adutha Usability GURU neenga dhan!!
apdi ellam illingo...
adhuku namma thala Prashanth irukarungo..

8:19 AM  
Blogger Vetty Officer said...

//closing from top-2-bottom resembles the food is good

food nalla irundha the leaf should be empty which means closing from down to top will be easier for the eating person.. on the other hand if the food is not good, food will be left in the lower half of the leaf, which means closing from top to down is easier....

hmmm romba yosikerono!!!

8:22 AM  
Blogger The Holleys said...

Oh I love food wrapped in banana leaves. We do that in the Philippines too. It's just amazing! :D
It's fun to know how your food is arranged when eating using banana leaves.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

This was very interesting to read. Thank you for sharing.

6:56 PM  
Blogger sivashankar said...

reason for closing the banana leaf inside is to make sure that the 'Rasam' and 'thayir' doesn't goes the other way and make some one skid in the floor...:):) wat a thinking nu solriyaa...

In Cheran pandian(tamizh film) they say " ulla elaya madichaa...uravu vaenum nu artham...veliya elaya madichaa uravu vaenam nu artham"

4:22 AM  

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