Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nenthirampazham halwa (Banana halwa)

Recipe source: TV show

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves: 16 pieces

Banana : 4
Sugar: 3/4 cup
Ghee: 1/4 cup
Water: 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder: a pinch
Broken cashews/almonds: 1 tablespoon

Chop the bananas into small cubes

Mix water and sugar in a non stick pan and boil until the sugar completely dissolves (No need to check for any consistency)

Add the chopped bananas and simmer. Stir it for every 5 minutes

Once the mixture becomes semi solid add ghee little by little and stir it continuously in low flame until the ghee separates out. Add cardamom powder as well
At this stage the halwa would have turned to a nice reddish brown color and also glossy.(This process might take around 40 minutes)

Stir until the ghee gets separated out as shown

Pour the halwa into a greased pan and allow it to cool. Cut into desired shape

  1. Use fully ripe bananas. This recipe technically works for any type of banana. I made this with Karpura vazhai some years back
  2. Do not cook the halwa once the ghee has separated.Heating and stirring further will cause the halwa to harden. The consistency should be like jelly and little transparent
  3. If by any case the halwa becomes hard, heat it for 10 - 20 seconds in microwave and consume immediately.It will be surely soft
  4. Use a non stick pan for the above measurement.For normal pans the amount of ghee has to be increased and also there is an increased effort of continously stirring
Sending this to Kerala Kitchen hosted by Palakkad Chamayal


  1. Super looking halwa...I tried this once long back and was a terrible flop...:(..It was so rubbery and hard that if consumed it wud have made the job for dentist easy..

  2. Wow!!looks gorgeous and tempting,perfectly made...

  3. Really Yummy recipe..Would love to give it a try…Thank you so much for posting this..


  4. ooops such an yummy halwa home made.. looks so the last click very tempting

  5. Superb..Banana halwa looks awesome and delicious..

  6. Awesome... The halwa looks perfect. The the red color is without adding any artificial colours is the best part... Love it. Will try this sometime...

  7. The halwa looks perfect..beautiful colour and love its glossy appearance..superb recipe!

  8. Did u use regular bananas or nenthiram pazham? Can it be done with Dole banana's we get here?

    1. Mahi,

      I tried with regular Dole bananas as well. It is equally good

  9. That's a yummy halwa...Very well explained.
    Thanks for linking to the event.

  10. I wish I could taste it, looks very very delicious and you have made it so perfect!

  11. Perfect consitency & texture!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Never tried this. Looks so perfect. Will try it soon

  13. Love the way you have presented....Nice looking halwa

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. wow, i love the last pic so much!

  15. Halwa with banana looks so yummyyyyyyyyy

  16. Just mouthwatering...looks so delectable & delicious!

  17. I am impressed that you made such a perfect looking halwa. It looks delicious and so tasty. I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

  18. Yummy,super-delish Halwa Recipe Dear.Really cool step by step Recipe.Glad I've already followed U using GFC.

  19. i made bannana halwa but it has become hard like rock ,actually ididnot read ur reciepe i did it on my own .now can u tell me how to soften it any make it edibble.

  20. Hi Chetana, First time when I made I overcooked and turned little hard. Once work around is you can heat in microwave for 10- 15 seconds before serving.It will become little soft

  21. I have made it just now. As other people were saying that it came out hard for them, i took it out little early. but is soooooooooooooooo good... almost divine and heavenly. Eventhough i probably won't be able to get them into pieces. What a nice use of bananas instead of throwing the blackened ones. Thank you. Thank you.