There is really no need to talk more about the goodness of a Banana! But if you want, well let me tell you that a banana a day keeps a doctor away! Yes, this is the new mantra. We ensure our kids eat a banana every day, at least most of the time. They get fussy when we force them right. But we cajole them somehow. One big banana has enough to supplement your calorie needs.
The best way of eating it, of course, is as such. But when you run out of ways to make the kids eat them, then chop them into circles, mix them in condensed milk and give your babies. I am sure they will love this. Another awesome way of eating banana would be with custards. Any flavour would do, just chop banana, top it on the custard, chill it and serve!
Few times when I had a very ripe banana on hand, I made them a substitute for egg in cakes, especially those delicious brownies. Now baking, as I have already said is currently not on my agenda. So what else can I end up with? Sometime back, I read about these banana pieces sauteed in ghee and given as a kid's snack. Now that made me think further to one step more about halwas! Well anybody who knows about my Halwa series, knows that I end up with one too many variations at making Halwas.
Ok take about 3 long ripe bananas, peel them off like this! Of course you know that!
Roughly chop them into circles and take it in a pan or thick bottom kadai! Add about however ghee you want. Ok ok, I got to remember the health factor. Since you are not going to eat this, but for your kid, pls be liberal. But if you must eat, then add about 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter!
Cook on high flame, you will find the bananas start cooking up and see a lot of froth coming up. At this stage, if you have the camera as I did, it is very tricky to get a good shot! Phew, I managed somehow!
This takes about 5 - 7 mins, you need not keep stirring. It won't get burnt as there is lot of water content still. It really got to evaporate.
Meanwhile, get about 4 teaspoons of sugar with just enough water to cover over the stove. Once it is melted, remove any impurities that it has.
Then put it back on the stove and cook till it thickens a bit.
Now please don't forget the bananas cooking on the other stove! It would become this way almost. This is the stage you got to start stirring.
The sides will start leaving. Keep stirring till it thickens to a solid. The ghee would start coming out of the sides.
Since this is a halwa you need not bother about worrying if it crystallizes! That is the beauty of a halwa, I tell you!
Now the final product once again!
Banana Halwa Recipe
Ripe Banana - 3 long
Sugar - 4 tsp
Ghee/Clarified butter - 2 - 3 tsp
Cardamom powder a pinch.
Method to prepare:
Peel and chop the bananas into small pieces.
Heat a pan, add the bananas with ghee. Cook on high till all the water content is evaporated and thickens.
Once it starts leaving the sides, keep stirring till you get a thick pulp.
Meanwhile, melt sugar with just enough water over a high flame. Remove dirt if any. Cook again till it thickens a bit.
Transfer the sugar syrup to the banana and continue cooking till the halwa is shining and thick. Add in the cardamom powder, mix well and remove
Notes: Sugar syrup need not very thick, but that shining thick syrup.
If you want you can puree the banana, but that will be a very smooth paste.
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