Coconut Banana Halwa
3 Cups Honey sweet small bananas, finely chopped
3 tsps clarified butter/ghee
2 pods of cardamom, powdered
3 tbps of thick coconut milk
2 tbsps of very fine coconut powder [ dried coconut powder, not the dessicated one]
2 tbsps of sugar
Optional: 4-5 slivers of almonds for garnish/ fresh fried coconut slivers
Heat a heavy bottom pan,
Add the ghee
Add chopped bananas
Let it cook on medium high for 4 minutes,
Stir, mash and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes
Add sugar and continue cooking on medium high heat.
Add the cardamom powder and mix well
Do not leave the halwa at this stage, since it will burn.
Keep an eye on the heat and reduce a little from medium high.
Add the coconut milk/ powder and mix well
Contiue cooking in the same method for another 10-12 minutes
Cook until the Halwa achieves the desired caramelized color.
If you continue cooking without adding more ghee/ coconut milk/ cream, the halwa will tend to harden and take a more 'toffee-like' texture.