For a long time before I started this blog, I used to spend a lot of time reading all these blogs which are now so familiar. Drool over the pictures, sternly make up my mind that I will make this that and the other.
One of the recipes which caught my eye a long time ago was Banana Halwa which I saw in Indira's blog here. Knowing how much I love banana in any form, I was determined to try it for a longest while, but as usual just sat on it. I think this where all these food blogging events come in really handy. One gets down to things just because there is a date by which it has to be submitted.
Finally, today went and picked up the Nendram Pazham and got down to it.
This was an easy enough recipe - very simple and straight forward. I had to tweak it a bit because I did not have a couple of the ingredients. But I have to say the end product did not suffer because of this fact. It was delicious, not too rich and just what I need after my lunch. I have an extremely sweet tooth and this fitted the job to a T.
This is my entry to JFI : Bananas hosted by Mandira of Ahaar
Now for the recipe which I used:
2 nendram pazham
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons all purpose flour mixed in 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
( I missed the lemon juice and cashewnuts as I did not have them handy. Lemon juice may have added that tang and clarified the sugar syrup, I am not sure. Cashews are only a garnish anyway. Also, I used far less ghee than what the original recipe called for as I wanted to watch the calories)
Peel , deseed the Banana fruit. Cut into small chunks.
Pressure cook for about 3 whistles and then when cool, mash in the mixie.
Heat the sugar along with the water. Cook till it reaches a one string consistency.
Mix in the mashed banana till well blended.
After is is a homogenous mass, add the flour / water mixture. Cook again till it looks well cooked. Slowly add the ghee little by little.
Finally add the cardamom powder and cashewnut if using.
Serve. And enjoy the compliments