Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Banana Halwa

This is a treat for sure for a sweet tooth. The moment I buy these big bananas called nendre bale kalen in konkani both my hubby and daughter expect halwa, at times I simply steam them and serve as an evening snack. They like it either way but halwa as anyone can imagine is a oily stuff!!!
I always avoided them but my Mother-in-law made it at home using home-made ghee, it filled the house with a good aroma. The inspiration to make this halwa came from my mil. I was hesitant while using the ghee and ended up adding 4 tsp of ghee for 4 bananas...yea believe me...thats more than enough. I am sure u will relish this sweet here after.

Big bananas(nendrabale) - 4
sugar - 1 cup
ghee - 4 tsp
cardamom - 1 pod

Peel the bananas and chop to bite size pieces. Blend these chopped bananas in a blender to a smooth paste. transfer this paste into a wide bottomed non stick kadai ( the secret behind the 4 tsp ghee). Add sugar and keep the flame on medium and keep stirring the banana mixture till it leaves the sides of the pan. This will take around 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile peel the cardamom and crush the seeds to a fine powder and add to the banana mixture. Grease a plate with ghee and keep ready.
To test the doneness of this halwa take a bite size mix onto to the plate and check if the halwa sticks to your hand if it doesn't then the halwa is done. You can always experiment with this halwa either it will be soft if its undercooked or hard like candy if overcooked. You will enjoy it anyways!!!!

Now spread the halwa onto the plate and tap it down with the help of a spatula till its smooth and shiny. let them cool. Cut into the desired shape and store in an air tight container.


Hashish said...

wow Poonam Akka.. awesome way to spread your good knowledge... for poor [economically and psycologically speaking]souls like me. a good reference...

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Madhu's cooking gallery said...

You have so many sweet/dessert recipes..!! love them all..too good!