Sunday, April 18, 2010

Banana Cardamom Halwa: Pazham Varatti

Cracked Textures....

This recipe will go to the Cooking With Seeds- Cardamom Seeds event hosted by Priya of  Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes.
Serves 6: 1 Tablespoon each!
4 ripe Chiquita bananas
2 tbps clarified butter/ghee
4 tbps  sugar
4 cardamom pod seeds powdered, 
plus 2 more pods according to flavour
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 2 tbps of Ghee on medium high flame
Slice the bananas  and put in the  pan
Let it cook for about 10-12 minutes
The moisture would have almost evaporated and the bananas would have started turning colour.
Add powdered cardamom and mix well.
Start mashing the bananas with the back of the ladle and scraping the paste together.
At this stage one cannot leave the dish alone or else it will burn easily.
Fry until the bananas until they come together in an even textured brown paste.
The ghee would start separating from the paste
Add 4 tbps of sugar and mix well, frying on medium or medium low heat to prevent burning.
Add more powdered cardamom, if needed  and mix well.
Fry for another 3-4 minutes and take off the heat.
This will yield about 1/3 cup of banana halwa:
Have served it plain. One can garnish it with cashew or almond slivers.

Other versions of Banana Halwa posted in this blog.


  1. Yummilicious halwa! love the color of the halwa and the plate too...

  2. Thanks Fathima! Plates: Pier1 product...

  3. yummy! i love this makes it just like urs!

  4. Perfect dish ..loved the colour and presentation...

    Thanks a lot for the reply regarding the masala gobi....will let u know after making it .....

  5. Wonderful recipe and simple too.

  6. Looks beautiful..i love this halwa...thanks for sharing the recipe of it

  7. Woww wat a gorgeous halwa, love the colour...Thanks for sending to cws..happy to see ur entry..

  8. Thank you!
    Thanks Priya! Have to resize the snapshot; will send it soon.


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