Kerala Special Nendram Pazham Varatti / Banana Halwa for ICC

Nendram Pazham - a variety of Banana unique to Kerala. It is served steamed for breakfast. Tastes yummy with some coconut and dry fruits (an optional addition). In fact there are various ways it is used in the kitchens of Kerala.
The Indian Cooking Challenge is a culinary journey that treats us with various delicacies; and is a unique experience. I have always been in awe of the bloggers who rise to the challenges every month. This year I have made a conscious decision to be a part of the groups that I have joined. (Wish me well!) Sri Valli chose a simple and easy recipe for us to try this month. Pazham Varatti - A delicacy from Kerala with Bananas. When slightly under-cooked, it was like a spread. Yummy too.

Pazham Varatti / Pazhavaratti
Recipe Source Jay's Mom


Nenthram Pazham – 2 (¾cup pulp)You need very ripe Kerala plantains.
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee – 4 to 5 tablespoons


Peel and slice the bananas into rounds. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
Allow pressure to subside. Drain and cool. Puree the bananas.
Measure the puree into a broad non-stick kadai.
Add the sugar and mix well. Keep it aside for a few minutes.
Stir cook over a medium flame till it leaves the sides of the vessel; adding spoonful’s of ghee at regular intervals.
Cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a greased plate to set.

I felt that the sugar could be lesser. Again this would depend on the banana.
It is better to under-cook. After it cools, if you feel that it needs some more cooking, return pan to the stove and cook, stirring vigorously until it leaves the sides of the pan.
The colour of the end product, depends on the quality and ripeness of plantain used and will vary from a dark honey colour to brown. You will know that it is time to take the halwa off the heat when it has thickened and starts leaving the sides of the pan. You will hear a sort of hissing sound and the edges of the Halwa will start to caramelize.
Here is another version to try.


Wer SAHM said…
super tempting halwa...
Srivalli said…
The texture really looks like the halwa it should be..:)..good to know you have decided to join us all from now..:)

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