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Effect of Unripe Banana Flour Incorporation on Resistance Starch Content of Rice Papad

Bhatawale SP, Mohammad UIA, Mirza RSS, Mohammed Zafar IM, Siddiqui AN and Mehraj Fatema ZM*

Department of Food Science and Technology, MGM College of Food Technology, Aurangabad (MS), India

*Corresponding Author:
Mehraj Fatema ZM
Department of Food Science and Technology
MGM College of Food Technology, Aurangabad (MS), India
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: March 26, 2012; Accepted date: May 14, 2012; Published date: May 20, 2012

Citation: Bhatawale SP, Mohammad UIA, Mirza RSS, Mohammed Zafar IM, Siddiqui AN, et al (2012) Effect of Unripe Banana Flour Incorporation on Resistance Starch Content of Rice Papad. J Nutr Food Sci 2:143. doi: 10.4172/2155-9600.1000143

Copyright: © 2012 Bhatawale SP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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The effect of incorporation of unripe banana flour on the rheology of dough and textural characteristics of papad with respect to level of resistant starch (RS) in a rice flour papad was investigated. The rice flour was replaced with unripe banana flour with different degrees of substitutions including 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100%. The results indicated that substitution of unripe banana flour significantly affected the hardness and stickiness properties of papad dough. The papad prepared from 100% unripe banana flour indicated significant changes on the textural properties and L* (Lightness) value. The RS value also increased with the degree of substitution. The highest value of sensory score was observed for 75 : 25 rice : banana flour substitution.


banana flour; Papad; rice papad


banana (Musa paradisiaca L.) is a fast growing and high biomassyielding crop in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. The fruit is either consumed ripe, due to its high sugar content, or unripe, in several indigenous dishes requiring high starch content. India is the largest producer of banana next to mango. The major banana producing states in India are Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, bihar, West bengal, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. They are cultivated primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent to make fiber and as ornamental plants. The fruit averages 125 grams (0.28 lb), of which approximately 75% is water and 25% dry matter. About 90% of banana produced is consumed domestically as fresh fruit. Merely 5% is consumed in processed form providing a good potential for future processing. About 2.5% is only processed purely as banana products and the rest as an ingredient in other foods. The primary product of banana in market is “fried chips and candy” which constitute around 31%, rest as banana puree 9%, banana pulp 3%, banana beer 3%, banana wafers 3%, banana powder 6% and others [1].

One of the current tendencies in nutrition and health is to consume low-carbohydrate food products. In the 1980s, dietary fiber was identified as an important component of a healthy diet and the food industry looked for palatable ways to increase the fiber content of their products. rS, by definition, is a fraction of the starch that is not broken down by enzymes in the small intestine of human body. It then enters the large intestine where it is partially or wholly fermented by microorganism. rS is generally considered to be one of the components that make up total dietary fiber (TDF). However, it should be kept in mind that the starch source may play an important role in the nutritional and functional properties of rS products. In this sense, the nutritional/nutraceutical potential of banana starch has been claimed by several authors [2,3]. Several studies have suggested that consumption of unripe bananas confers beneficial effects for human health, a fact often associated with its high resistant starch (rS) content, which ranges between 47% and 57% [4]. Additionally, unripe banana flour might be an important source of polyphenol compounds that are considered as natural antioxidants [5]. resistant starch-rich powder (rSrP) was prepared from lintnerized banana starch, which retains its amylolytic resistant features after subsequent heat treatment [6].

Papad is an oriental snack food made from dough consisting mainly of legumes such as black gram, green gram etc. along with salt and spice powders. In addition to legume based products, papads are also made from tapioca, sago, jackfruit, gelatinized rice flour and wheat flour [7]. It is prepared by rolling dough into a circular shape of diameter 15-20 cms and thickness of 0.3–2.0 mm. It dries to a moisture level of 14–15%. They are normally consumed after roasting or frying as an adjunct to the full meal and have a crunchy wafer-like taste. Most of the Indian traditional food adjuncts are made by deep fat frying [8]. During banana chips processing quiet a lot of edible waste is generated which contains banana starch hence an attempt was taken out to utilize this edible waste in banana papad processing.

Materials and Methods


Common salt, palm oil, unripe banana, rice were purchased from a local market of Aurangabad city, India. All the other chemicals used for the analysis were of analytical grade.

Banana and rice flour preparation

Commercial unripe bananas (Grand Naine) were purchased from the local market in Aurangabad, India. Fruits were peeled and cut into 1 cm slices and immediately rinsed in citric acid solution (0.3% w/v). The slices were dried at 50°C, ground using a commercial grinder to pass a US 50 (0.028 mm) sieve and stored at 25°C in sealed plastic containers prior to further use. Kolam rice was obtained from local market and grinded using a commercial grinder to pass a US 50 (0.028 mm) sieve and stored at 25°C in sealed plastic containers prior to further use.

Preparation of papad

rice flour (100 g), rice flour: banana powder (75:25), rice flour: banana powder (50:50), rice flour : banana powder (25:75), of various trials were taken and mixed thoroughly with 42 ml of warm water containing 2% salt on flour weight basis. The mixture was kneaded for 5 min to form dough. Then it was passed through a papad making machine. The papads of 5–6 g each, with flat rectangular shape having 8 cm length and 4.5 cm width and 0.3–0.5 mm thickness were prepared by using papad making machine. The papads were dried in a tray drier at 50°C to a moisture level of about 14% and packed in polyethylene bags. The papads were fried for 4–5 s in groundnut oil at 180°C.

Texture of dough

Hardness and stickiness of the dough was measured by using TAXT2 Texture Analyzer’ (Stable Micro Systems, Surrey, England). Dough samples were placed on the blank plate. A plate having one hole of ~1 cm diameter was then placed on top of the sample. This plate provides weight around the test region to prevent lifting of the sample when the probe is withdrawn, hence avoiding inaccuracies in the results. The probe penetration test was then commenced. TA-XT2 settings used for evaluation of dough texture was carried out by using a 4 mm cylinder probe (P4) using a 5 kg load cell with test speed of 1 mm/s up to a distance of 2 mm, using a trigger force of 5 g, and a post-test speed of 10 mm/s.

Moisture content of the papad samples

Moisture content in papads after frying was determined by drying in a hot air oven at 100°C to constant weight.

Oil content of banana papad

The oil content of the banana papad was determined using the Soxtec System HT extraction unit (Pertorp, Inc., Silver Spring, MD) with petroleum ether [9] in triplicates. Three grams of ground banana were weighed (Wi), placed on a cellulose extraction thimble (model 2800256, Whatman, England), and covered with a cotton ball. Six extractions in a period of 30 min were performed on each fried samples withdrawn at various frying times. The cup weight (W1) was recorded and 50 ml of petroleum ether was added to each cup. The samples were then subjected to extraction, and the oil from the papads collected. Petroleum ether was evaporated by setting the unit to the “evaporation” position. To make sure all the petroleum ether was evaporated, the cups were dried in a convection oven for 20 min at 105°C. The cups were then cooled in a desiccator for 20 min, and the final cup weight was recorded (W2). Finally, the oil content (OC) was found by the relationship:


Colour of the banana papad

The colour of the banana papad was measured using a Hunter Lab Colorimeter Labscan XE (Hunter Associates Laboratory, reston, VA). The Hunter Lab notation was used, where L denotes levels of lightness or darkness (0 for black, 100 for white), a represents redness (positive values) or greenness (negative values), and b yellowness (positive values) or blueness (negative values). Ten individual pieces of banana papads from each combination were ground separately and evaluated. The colorimeter was calibrated using a white and a black plate, and the same background was used for all analysis.

Texture of banana papad

The texture of the banana papad was determined by a rupture test to determine the maximum force at compression, which is defined as “hardness” (Steffe, 1996). The equipment used was the TA-XT2 Texture Analyzer (Texture Technologies Corporation, Scardale, NY). This test consisted of applying a force to a banana chip by using a 2-min cylindrical probe. Hardness was measured after withdrawing the samples during various stages of frying. However, if the samples were not brittle enough, the texture values were discarded. Twenty individual pieces of banana papad were analyzed each time.

Sensory analysis of the samples

Prepared papads were subjected to sensory analysis based on 9-point hedonic scale for appearance, texture, flavour, taste and overall acceptability using a panel of 10 members who are familiar with the product. Panel members were advised to use verbal descriptions and convert them into scores. The scores were based on the following criteria: Like extremely: 9; Like moderately: 7-8; like slightly: 5-6; dislike slightly: 3-4; and dislike extremely: 0-2. The scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number.

Resistant Starch Determination

The resistant starch (rS) was measured according to the AOAC Method 2002.02 [10], since this method is considered the most reproducible and repeatable measurement of rS in starch [11].

Data analysis

Differences among frying trials were detected with the NCSS software (version 12.0. 1 for Windows, 2003) using Duncan’s multiple range tests. Statistical significance was expressed at the P < 0.05 level.

Results and Discussion

Effect of banana flour on dough hardness and stickiness

banana flour obtained and the rice flour used for processing of papads contain 43.81 ± 0.25 and 1.87 ± 0.57% resistant starch, respectively. Table 1 documents the effect of addition of banana flour on hardness and stickiness of rice flour dough. It was observed that hardness of dough decreased significantly with increasing banana flour concentration (P = 0.05). Stickiness of dough however increased with an increase in banana flour concentration in the dough. This may be due to the water holding capacity of banana starch. Tiboonbun et al. [12] studied the effect of unripe banana flour on physical properties and resistant starch content of rice noodle and observed that the substitution of unripe banana flour significantly affected the viscosity properties of noodle flour.

Sr. No. Rice : banana flour papadsamples Hardness, g Stickiness, g
1 100:00 565.55 ± 12.26a 70.78 ± 2.65a
2 75:25 327.07 ± 17.52b 82.12 ± 3.43b
3 50:50 303.58 ± 10.25c 100.42 ± 4.89c
4 25:75 262.39 ± 12.10d 122.45 ± 3.89d
5 00:100 231.64 ± 21.26e 136.55 ± 4.06e

Table 1: Effect of banana flour addition on rice papad dough characteristics.

Effect of banana flour on rice papad characteristics

From Table 2 it can be observed that no significant effect was observed on moisture content of fried papad, whereas significant effect was observed on percent oil content for all blends. Kulkarni et al. [13] standardized the process for papad preparation from cooked unripe banana pulp and rice flake flour mix and observed that the blend containing 40 parts of rice flakes flour and 60 parts of cooked banana pulp on dry weight basis yielded papads with acceptable colour, texture, flavour upon deep fat frying. Velu et al. [14] studied the effect of incorporation of various ingredients namely nalleru (Cissus quadrangularis), gum karaya (Sterculia urens) and soya flour on diametrical expansion and oil absorption of papads. They observed that the diametrical expansion and oil absorption did not show any major changes with the addition of Cissus extract. The addition of soya flour reduced the oil absorption. Gum karaya helped in retaining the dough’s moisture, which in turn resulted in increased diametrical expansion on deep fat frying.

Sr.No. Rice: banana flour papadsamples Moisture content (%) Oil content (%) Texture, g Color value L* Sensory score Resistant Starch   (%)
1 100:00 4.18±0.02a 26.85±0.03a 52.2±2.02a 82.24±0.02a 9 7.54±0.02a
2 75:25 4.02±0.04a 25.12±0.04b 53.76±3.02a 77.58±0.01b 9 9.12±0.05b
3 50:50 4.20±0.03b 24.16±0.05c 57.10±1.02b 65.54±1.07c 8 10.15±0.04c
4 25:75 4.21±0.07b 22.22±0.05c 59.74±2.07b 63.28±0.55d 7 12.02±0.03d
5 00:100 4.16±0.04a 21.01±0.10d 60.15±1.02b 59.17±0.10e 6 13.65±0.03e

Table 2: Effect of banana flour addition on rice papad characteristics.

From Table 2 it can be also observed that the texture value i.e. hardness value increases significantly as the banana flour concentration increases from 0 to 100. It is also observed that the colour value L* decreases significantly with increase in concentration of banana flour. Tiboonbun et al. [12] prepared rice noodle using unripe banana flour with different degrees of substitutions including 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100%. They observed a significant decrease in L* values (p ≤ 0.05) with increase in banana flour proportion. The highest L* values was found in rice noodle prepared from 0% of banana flour or 100% of rice flour and gradually decreased in noodle replaced with 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% of banana flour. The decrease in sensory score is observed in Table 2, which may be due to increase in hardness and decrease in L* value of papads with the increase in concentration of banana flour.

An increase in rS content was observed in rice papad that substituted with unripe banana flour (Table 2). The papad containing 0% of unripe banana flour indicated lowest amount of rS (7.54%), whilst the rice papad containing 100% of unripe banana flour had the highest content of rS (13.65%). This is related to the high rS content of banana flour; the obtained results are in good agreement with that of Tiboonbun et al. [12].


The replacement of unripe banana flour for rice flour significantly affected the hardness, oil content and rS content of rice papad. Increasing the degrees of substitution by unripe banana flour improves the dough properties. The replacement of unripe banana flour for rice flour could be applied to improve the rS content and oil content of rice papad, higher the degree of substitution, higher the level of rS content and lower the level of oil content. However, when the degree of replacement of unripe banana flour was greater than 50%, it adversely affected the L* value i.e. whiteness of papad hence overall acceptability as well as texture also gets affected. Therefore, the optimization of several factors affecting the overall quality of rice papad, incorporated with unripe banana flour, is important to obtain the best possible dough and sensory quality of rice papad, as well as to achieve health benefits of the high rS rice papad.


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