Banana Halwa

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                           Ready to serve Nendra banana halwa

Banana Halwa is an all-time favorite of the Konkanis and as such is a must in the menu for almost all Konkani weddings. It is a delicacy from the Mangalore/Udupi area although the bananas themselves originate from across the border in Kearla. In fact, when I was based in Kerala in the 80s, I prepared this dish and served it to my neighbours who were really surprised to know that it was made from those bananas. These are the same bananas from which the banana chips [ See my recipe for Banana chips ] are made.

To prepare halwa we need the over ripe bananas. Just ripe ones will not be very sweet and also will not gain the colour and consistency for the dish. So we get the just ripe bananas from the market and wrap it in news paper and rest it for 3-4 days and it will be ready by then.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                          Just ripe Nendra Bananas

What you need to have:

1. Extra ripe Nendra Banana pulp 1 cup

2. Sugar 1 cup

3. Pure ghee 1/4 cup

4. Lemon juice 1 TeaspoonKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                Extra ripe Nendra BananasKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                            Ingredients of Banana Halwa

What you do with what you have:

1. Cook the above shown overripe bananas in the cooker for about 15 minutes till it is soft in a bowl without adding water. (See above image)

2. On cooling peal it and grind those cooked bananas with the required quantity of sugar in the mixer and the mixed pulp is as shown in the image below.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                   Banana and sugar mixed pulp

3. Place a broad and thick based bowl on the flame with 2-3 teaspoons of pure ghee in it. On melting add the above pulp to it and keep stiring on a medium flame.

4. Keep stiring and shuttling the back and forth from high to medium till you get the pulp thickened. In between add 3-4 teaspoons of pure ghee as well so that it does not stick to the bottom.

5. After around 15 minutes add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to it. This causes the pulp to thicken and also turns out almost little smoother than the chapathi dough. To check if you are done, drop a little in normal water and it tuns like a round ball if you roll. When done, spread the mix on a wodden plank and is shown in the image below.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Halwa mixture spread on a wooden plank

6. On cooling cut it store it in air tight containers. It will remain afresh for more than a month even if pure and fresh ghee is used.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                         Ready to serve Nendra Banana Halwa

Good to know:

1. Requirement of extra ripe bananas is non-negotiable. If you dont have them, dont try this dish.

2. Cook on medium flame only else the dish will turn bitter.

3. Using cardamom for fragrance causes the sweet flavour of bananas to be overshadowed – so its your call whether you want to use them or not.

How long it takes: 30 minute

Number of Halwas: 30 pieces


14 thoughts on “Banana Halwa”

  1. hi iread your korma is diff from mughlai korma made during say to add jeera towards it raw or roasted?i served your kadi with french bread and bean and pinenut salad.takare


  2. I will try this whenever I will have left over bananas. Looks very good.
    Are you a housewife?
    Thanks a lot for sharing the recipes aunty.


    1. Hi Mona,

      Only Nendra bananas help out to get the consistency of Halwa. Please donot use other varieties for this recipe.


  3. Hello

    I tried doing it with other kind of banana as the type of banana is not available in kolkata, it took almost 3 hours to make it. i mashed the banana and then i put ghee in the pan and kept on stirring keeping the lid.. and almost 2 hours it was hard, Kindly suggest


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