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Today i’m in a celebration mood …it’s time for a sweet treat !!! So here i share a popular dessert from coastal Karnataka and Kerala  – ” Banana Halwa / Nendra balehannu Halwa / Nenthra Pazham Halwa “.Even people (like me) who don’t have a sweet tooth love this halwa. It is soft,chewy, not very sweet and does not have any taste of banana when cooked. These halwas have remained my all time favorite dessert right from childhood.

Wondering why am i in celebration mood? Well today is my 100th post.Its just like yesterday when i clicked “publish” button for the first time…WOW !!! what a journey it has been.The feeling is just awesome..Over the past few months, “Cook With Smile” has really brought so much of joy and happiness into my life..it has become a huge part of my life now. I look forward to each day with a new zeal and enthusiasm.A very big “Thank you” to all my readers and followers of this blog for the wonderful support and encouragement…

Coming back to the dessert ,this recipe does not require too many ingredients.All you need is few over ripe bananas.Very easy to make and doesn’t involve too much ghee or sugar. But it’s a bit time consuming.But taking its divine taste into consideration the time spent in making it is worth.Though it can be made with any over ripe bananas, but tastes best when made with Nendran Banana / Nenndra balehannu / Nendrapazham .So next time you see a huge lot of over ripe bananas lying in your counter top, you know how to finish it off .. Right ?

Check Out the Video recipe here :


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Dessert
Cuisine karnataka


  • 4 big sized Over riped Bananas, ( Nendran Banana / Nendrapazham preferred )
  • 1/2 cup Sugar, - Approx (Depends on banana n your sweet level)
  • 4 - 5 tsp Ghee
  • 1 - 2 tsp cardamom powder /elaichi powder / elaichi
  • Cashew nut almonds, cut into small pieces(optional)


  • Take bananas that are really ripe.
  • Peel them and put them in a pan (heavy bottom kadai / non stick one ).Mash them nicely using hands or fork or masher.Its ok if there are small banana lumps. They will get cooked later.
  • Add sugar to the mashed bananas and keep it on medium flame. Add a tsp of ghee.Stir it once in a while.
  • After few mins, sugar melts and combines with mashed banana. Color also starts changing a bit. Continue stirring in between.
  • After about 20 mins,the mixture starts getting slightly brown. At this point add remaining ghee,mix well and start stirring continuously.Leaving the hand might burn halwa at the bottom.SO STIRRING CONTINUOUSLY FROM THIS POINT IS VERY IMPORTANT.
  • After about 35 -40 mins , the halwa forms a combined mass with a rich dark brown color. Add elaichi powder and chopped nuts. Mix well.
  • Transfer the halwa to a greased plate and spread it evenly with a greased flat spoon.You can level it or smoothen the surface using a greased rolling pin or greased cup.Alow it to cool.When it cools,cut it into desired shapes.
  • Tasty chewy Banana halwa is ready to enjoy.It lasts for more than a month without refrigeration (I know it will disappear in a matter of minutes!!!)
  • Tasty chewy Banana halwa is ready to enjoy.It lasts for more than a month without refrigeration (I know it will disappear in a matter of minutes!!!)


  1. Over ripe banana s are must. Try this recipe , only if you have them.Just ripe ones will not give the color and consistency for halwa.
  2. If you want you can increase the quantity of sugar.
  3. Nendran banana will have a tinge of tangy taste. This slight tanginess with the sweetness altogether will take the halwa to a new level n make it more yummy. But then if you are using normal large banana s this would be missing. To match the taste to the closest u can add little lime juice towards the end ( when adding elaichi powder) and mix well.

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  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    May 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Looks yum!

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    Linsy Patel
    May 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    nice way to use ripe bananas, love it.

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    Bhawna Bagri
    May 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    congrats for 100th post Smitha…banana halwa is perfect for celebration..

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    Eliza Lincy
    May 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This is so famous in Kerala. Love the texture. Yummy Halwa.

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    Sathya Priya
    May 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    looks very interesting…Yummy halwa.

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    nandoos Kitchen
    May 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I have made this few years back and I can tell it tastes awesome. Nice post Smitha

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    nandoos Kitchen
    May 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    halwa looks super yumm

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    Sony P
    May 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Congrats for your 100th post , banana halwa looks inviting !

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    Poornima Porchelvan
    May 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Looks very yummy and this recipe is new to me; i will try this for sure.

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    Vibha Sp
    May 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

    very nice presentation smitha , luks very easy n tasty

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    Rafeeda AR
    May 8, 2014 at 5:32 am

    hey… congrats on ur 100th post dear… such an awesome recipe to celebrate with… the nenthran halwa looks really so delicious, must try…

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    techie ZM
    May 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Looks amazingly chewy and tasty!!

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    Resna Nishad
    May 8, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Looks so delicious..really a mouthwatering one..

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    Priya Shiva
    May 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Very interesting dear. I usually make muffins but this sounds yummy!

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    Priya Suresh
    May 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Congrats on ur 100th post, keep going.. Halwa looks prefect for my sweet tooth.

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    Eli Z
    May 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! Congratulation on your 100th post Smitha! I’m so addicted to your recipes and the way you present them, dear! Well done! Keep blogging!! And nice recipe this one – so many yummy halwas’ and we have them in Greece too – also called halwa! 🙂

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    Subha Bose
    May 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    congrats, Halwa looks mouth watering.

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    May 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    First off, a BIG congrats on completing a century, what a wonderful cookbook you have built here, love it – someday, you should compile all the recipes and publish it in your name. And now off to the halwa, it’s utterly delicious! Keep cooking!

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    May 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I’m gonna have to try this recipe, looks interesting.

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    Suma Vinod
    December 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I am huge fan of your recipes and love the way you illustrate it.. Loved the receipe and will definitley try this out….

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    May 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Hi…Congrats on ur 100th post, keep going.. Can just read the post and prepare it…really good one. Like my muthashshe recipe…thx

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    July 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Congrats on ur 100th post, keep going.. god bless you. Today I prepare the Nendra pazham halwa.It’s really mouth watering tasty. Thx a million. Your cooking receipe greatness is you keep everything very simple and most effective. Other’s give the procedure so complicated hard to try. Once again thx. Become your fan. Regards

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    August 24, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Thanks for suggesting the Recipes for this JANMASHTAMI……The posts are very detailed and helpful.
    Plz keep continuing your good work. Thank you.

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