Banana leaves are used to create many desserts in Thailand. A friend’s mom is a pro cook and gladly let us participate as she made sticky rice and bananas in banana leaves. First she sautéed the rice a bit in coconut milk, just to soften it a little and let some of the milk absorb. Then you take two banana leaves, put a thin layer of rice down, put a halved Thai banana down (Thai bananas are thick, small, and sweet), put another layer of rice over it, wrap it up, and secure it with dried bamboo pieces.
The packets are placed in a steamer over a charcoal stove and cook for two hours. A sample is taken to see if the rice has cooked enough. The bananas turn purple which is amusing. The dessert is delicious and filling and the packaging is biodegradable!