Monday, March 2, 2009

Nendran Pazham /Banana Halva

Nendran Pazham Halva This is one of my favorite sweet dish .My kids too love this sweet. It smells awesome and even the taste is so good. The mouth watering taste of this recipe makes you get addicted to it. The recipe is very easy to prepare and never get it wrong. It contains less fat and good for health too… Banana is considered to be the most nutritious. The banana is an ideal fruit for growing children.

In the south, there are five varieties, each of which is rich in essential nutrients. They are the green banana, the small yellow bananas, which are slightly sour, the Karpoora Vazhai , the red banana and the Nendran which is found in Kerala. Nendran is almost one-foot long and has a lot of vitamins.

This is one fruit, which is so well preserved by nature that it can be readily eaten. It can safely be eaten by one and all from a baby of 9 months to an old person of 70.Bananas are said to be rich in vitamins A and B as well as many other nutrients like minerals, proteins and carbohydrates. A single banana consists of 100 calories, 5 per cent fat, 7 per cent calcium, 1.4 mg iron, 8 per cent protein, 8.2 per cent carbohydrates, and .01 per cent phosphorous. Consumption of the banana adds strength to the body. Savor this wholesome fruit either in a salad, or cooked in a variety of dishes, or just eat it!


Banana (nendran) - 2 nos.

Jaggery - 100 gms

Ghee - 4-5 tbsp

Coconut-1 cup grated

Turmeric powder-1/4tsp

Salt-small pinch

Cardamom - 2 nos. (Powdered)

Water - 1 cup


Peel off the bananas and cut into slice . Add sliced bananas ,pinch of salt turmeric and cook in water over low heat, stirring to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Cook for 10 minutes over medium flame or until bananas have cooked.

Add jaggery after 4-5 minutes and continue stirring until dissolved.

Keep stirring continuously till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.

Add ghee as necessary and stir.Then Add coconut & cardamom powder and remove from heat.

Keep stirring till the mixture becomes viscous.

Pour it into a greased tray and allow it to cool. The delicious snack is ready!

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