Banana leaf rice is a traditional method of serving rice dishes in South Indian cuisine. Due to the migration of South Indians, banana leaf rice can also be found in areas with significant ethnic South Indian diaspora like Malaysia and Singapore.
In banana leaf meals, white rice is served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, and other regional condiments.
The banana leaf acts as a disposable plate and it in itself is not consumed. The choice of banana leaves is mainly due to the broad leaves as well as to the ubiquity of the plant in South India.
Enjoying my lunch... banana leaf rice. ;)