Kele Jamun / Banana Jamun (paindare pankanthu gallene pikkanne kele thellene)– A delicious dessert. Recipe from '7 wonders in my spice box' by Veena Bhat !!
Makes: 20 slices
Serves: 4 – 5 slices in each dessert bowl
For the sugar syrup:
1/2 cup / 100 ml / 4 oz (Indian standard measuring cup) sugar
1/2 cup / 100 ml / 4 oz water
In a wide bowl, boil sugar and water for 12 minutes (until sugar completely melts and slightly thickens) on a medium heat. Switch off the heat.
For the banana:
2 bananas (Kerala ripe plantain / ethapazham / nethrampazham), please do not use overripe bananas, cut into 1 ½ cm thin slices (10 – 12 slices from each banana)
100 ml oil or ghee
Heat oil / ghee in a frying on medium heat. Reduce the heat between medium to low and deep fry banana slices until golden brown on both the sides in 2 batches. Drain out from oil or ghee and place it on kitchen towel / paper towel to absorb extra oil. Please use 2 – 3 paper towels to absorb oil.
Soak fried banana slices in sugar syrup for 2 hours. Then it will absorb all the flavours.
In a serving bowl, pour sufficient sugar syrup (or 2 tablespoon) and 4 fried banana slices. Serve warm.