Banana halwa

One person I know, who makes the  yummiest banana halwa is my sister-in-law’s mom. Every time she gets it perfect! This halwa happens to be one of my favorites.
This halwa needs special variety of banana which is grown mainly in Kerala called the Nendra banana. There were a few at home which was going from ripe to over ripe. So I thought to try this halwa. After all, all it needs is just 3 ingredients – banana, sugar and ghee. Even if I mess it up, the combination is anyway gonna taste good. So I decided to give it a try. The results, I must say, was certainly not disappointing!! 🙂
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Ingredients
8 ripe nendra banana
1 1/2 cup sugar
2-3 tbsp ghee
And loads of patience

And then…
Peel the banana and mash it. I made a paste of the banana using the blender.
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Take a thick-bottomed, non-stick kadai and place it on the stove. Add the mashed banana. Keep it on low flame.
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After 2-3 mins, add the sugar and keep stirring.
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After the color of banana changes slightly, add the ghee.
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Continue with the stirring. After about 15 mins, it looks like this –
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This dish is one needy fellow, needs your constant attention. So you sure can’t leave the dish alone and you certainly cannot stop stirring. You can take a break of 2 seconds. That’s all.
Slowly, the banana mash will leave the sides. Keep the stirring going.
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The banana mash will form a single lump. Now…. You can stop stirring. Take it off the heat.
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Quickly, grease a plate and spread the halwa on it.
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Let it cool. Cut into pieces and enjoy! If you can’t wait for it to cool, just scrape some remains from the kadai and enjoy! That’s exactly what my daughter and I did. 😉

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Banana Cake/Bread

The excitement of my first post has made way to this post 🙂

Cake/Bread means this recipe is give something sweeter than bread, less sweeter than cake. I can brave to call this wee-bit healthy as I’m using Wheat flour instead of Maida and it butter-free. So let’s begin…

Ingredients

1 cup Wheat flour

1/2 cup  sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp oil

2 bananas (mashed)

4 tbsp milk

1 tbsp curds

1 tsp vanilla essence

Next what?!?!

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is getting heated up, there is somethings you need to do. For a change we will not sieve the flour. We will prepare the cake with the little roughage.

First, take the banana and mash it. With hands or fork is your choice. I did it with hands.

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Then the wet ingredients namely – oil, milk, curds and vanilla essence. Mix them well. You will have to excuse me, the pic does not look great!

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Then add sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix it well again.

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To this add the wheat flour and mix.

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You know what I did… I added a few pieces of chopped cashews and a few raisins.You can also add chopped walnuts or almonds. Then I  greased the bread pan liberally with ghee. You can grease it with either oil or butter. The choice is completely yours 🙂 And this how my batter looked in the bread pan –

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By the time you finish all these work, your oven will go “keeeeenk” , letting you know that the oven is pre-heated. Now push the bread pan into the oven and bake it for 40-50 mins.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

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Yes… I know the raisins on the surface look a little burnt. But the taste was unadulterated. So here I will cut a piece of bread/cake for you….

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Have a warm piece… you will love it. It tastes good even when completely cooled. Enjoy!!  Try this… and let me know how it comes out.

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