Banana Halwa / Kele Halwa / Kele Halwo - A delicious sweet in Indian cuisine !!
Makes: 1 small steel thali of 4 – inches in diameter
Serves: 3 - 4
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 ripe Kerala Nenthrampazham (Ripe plantain), chopped into ¼ - inch cubes
1 teaspoon ghee
2 pinches cardamom powder
Extra 1 teaspoon ghee / butter (to grease steel thali / small tray / baking dish and for the final stage)
Grease a steel thali (a small steel thali of 4 – inches in diameter) with ½ teaspoon ghee / butter. Keep it ready.
Heat a non stick pan on medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add sugar and water. Gently stir well until it melts / smooth solution / there won’t be any sugar crystals.
Add chopped bananas and 1 teaspoon ghee. Stir continuously for 10 minutes until well combined . Switch off the heat and remove pan from the gas stove. Gently mash banana mixture with the help of a masher (potato masher / pav bhaji masher) until it’s smooth and no lumps. Return to heat now and stir well for another 5 – 7 minutes until it forms a soft ball / leaves from the sides of the pan. Switch off the heat and sprinkle cardamom powder.
Pour this hawa into a greased steel thali and sprinkle remaining ½ teaspoon ghee on top the halwa. Gently spread the top portion of the halwa evenly with a flat spatula. Cut it into desired shape and size and keep aside for half an hour. Remove halwa from the steel thali once it cools down completely. Serve as a sweet.