Order of Food Items Served on Banana Leaf

Last week during Sree Krishnajanmasthami my daughter asked to be served food on Plantain leaf. We have 4 big pots which have the plants, and they are getting quite big now. So, we offered all the prasada to Lord Krishna in the leaf, and also used a few additional ones for us as well.

There were a few emails from my extended family who asked me to share the order of food items to be served during festivals and other occasions. The two images shown below are for two different occasions. The first one is served during festivals and the second one during Shradda and Paksha masa when you are performing the annual rituals for the departed souls. The food items prepared differ but the order remains the same.

If you click on the images displayed below, you can see the order of food items in English.

Below is the items listed to be served from left to right. Also remember the plantain leaf the narrow edge comes to the left hand side, and the broad ones towards your right hand side. For festivals, marriages and happy occasions draw rangoli in front of the leaf.

  1. Start with salt at the left most corner.
  2. If you are serving Chatni or pickle, it comes next. See second image.
  3. All the way at the top left after salt, Channa Dal Kosambari
  4. Next, Moong Dal Kosambari
  5. After Kosambari, First Dry Vegetable Palya.
  6. Than comes Second Dry Vegetable Palya.
  7. Just below this is any sweet dish you have prepared like Laddu, Hayagreeva so on
  8. Right bottom towards where you are sitting, any payasa you prepare like Shavige or Vermicilli.
  9. Above that Thove. Both images have them shown.
  10. All the way left bottom, Chitranna, Veg bath or lemon rice.
  11. Next to the Chitranna, Papad or any fried item.
  12. At the very center, White Rice.
  13. Ghee on top of white rice and Payasa.
  14. Once ghee is served and the priest finished giving hastodaka, start eating the food starting from Payasa.
  15. Next, the Sambar or Kootu is served. Along with any fried items like papad, ambode, vada so on.
  16. Once we finish eating sambar, any vegetable rice prepared such as lemon rice, Vangibath, Puliyogre is served.
  17. Next, the payasa is served.
  18. Following this is Rasam with Rice and ghee again
  19. You ask for second servings of any vegetables and kosambari
  20. The Sweet dish prepared such as Laddu, Hayagreeva, Chiroti is served.
  21. Finally, Rice and yogurt.
  22. Once you are done, make sure you put a few drops of water on the salt.
  23. Close the leaf from top towards you so any leftover food items are covered.
  24. If you serve me on a plantain leaf, my leaf will be clean. I never waste anything served. Seriously. 🙂

Enjoy a great tradition in our Hindu religion which is Eco friendly, less work since you don’t have to wash the plates and hygienic since you have no clue when and how those plates would have been cleaned.


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Arathi Sudharsan on March 8, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Any idea why salt is served first? Some places payasam is served first to denote sweet beginnings. Kindly enlighten. namaskara.


  2. Posted by Prasanna on October 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    In many households salt is not served first (except during funerlas and thithi etc) and it starts with serving the sweet as a shubha (or good omen)


  3. It is really interesting PL.guide me here after.


  4. Posted by Rithu on May 5, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Why should we put water in salt after eating?


  5. Posted by rama mohan on September 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Madam Thank u very much for this wonderful information


  6. Posted by Manjunath M P on September 14, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Nice one. I asked our achar as to why we put water on the salt after having food. He said that Salt is the symbol of Naraka and We are giving the people some water who are going through pain in Naraka & it will bring them some respite for having water from a brahmana.


  7. Posted by Sudha B on September 14, 2015 at 1:41 am


    We Thank you very much for your interest to enlight all about our traditions and procedures to be followed while making poojas time to time. Once again we thank you very much for the pain you are taking in this.

    Now Swarna gowri vrata on Tadiya is going to perfome in every house . Can we know how to perform and what are the items to be purchased. Please give information if possible

    Thanking you


  8. this was helful. Thank you


  9. Posted by Chandrika vadhiraj on September 13, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Hi meera, thank you for updates…and very happy to see your posts and sharing s..I have a question, regarding banana plant , you said it is in a pot…during winter where will you keep the plants…some say we should have banana plants inside the house.

    Awaiting for your reply.

    Thank you chandrika


    • Posted by meeraghu on September 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

      During winter we bring it inside. However, there are a few houses we see while driving to DC where the banana plant is outside. I am guessing they cover it with thick layer of mulch in winter. It is almost 6 feet tall now in those houses.


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