Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sweet Treats...

Banana Halwa, Organic Peanut Butter with Orange-
Choclate coating... came to the  rescue  for a quick sweet treat craving when the light was fading &  energy levels were low...
3 ripe/over-ripe bananas/ 2 Cups sliced bananas
3 tsp clarified butter/ghee
3 heaping tsps sugar
2 small pods green cardamoms
1/2 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 cup semi-sweet choclate chips for coating
3 tsps organic peanut butter/any smooth peanut butter paste
Heat the Ghee/Clarified butter  on medium heat and add the bananas to  it,
 Let cook for about 5- 8 minutes
Then stay near the dish and keep stirring every now and then, or it will start burning,
Add 3 heaping teaspoons of sugar to the mix and keeping stirring every now and then,
Add the powdered cardamoms to the mix.
The mixture will start to come together in a ball at this point.
Keep turning and stirring the mass until a light choclate brown color.
If you prefer a more carmalized texture, turn the heat a little bit more higher and cook for a few more minutes, without leaving the mixture alone/stirring constantly.
Let cool.
Peanut Butter Paste: heat a pan until it is warm and reasonably touchable! :-)
Take it off the stove and warm the peanut butter paste to make it malleable
Spread it out to  a thin layer if you are not a great fan of peanut butter!
Chill in the refrigerator on a  plastic plate or foil/clingwrap backing for about 5 minutes
Take it out and wrap it around a tiny nugget of the halwa
Orange-Choclate: Start a double boiler and melt the choclate chips and stir in  1/2 tsp of grated zest.
Take a small spoon and decorate the Halwa nuggets.
One can decorate it with slivers of almonds  too. I have cut the sugar level in this dish. One can increase the sugar in the halwa and use bitter-sweet choclate chips for the coating. Not a great fan of peanut-butter hence kept the salty layer thin. The flavour progression was: orange-choclate, slightly salty peanut butter and carmalized banana with the finish of orange zest!


  1. Amma & myself, we both are sitting here drooling! Beautiful photos, Shri!

  2. Amma & myself, we both are sitting and drooling! Looks amazing, Shri!


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