Thursday, October 28, 2010

And the answer is..Banana Peel Halwa

Banana Peel!...yep..the halwa was unbelievably made with the peels. I refuse to believe it wasn't a mystery at all!..for the first person to comment was Ambika and she said bang Banana Peel. Now Ambika has to tell us know if it was purely a guess and she came home..:)

Thanks to everybody who played along. It was a total surprise for me when Athamma asked me what the halwa was made of. And none of my colleagues who tasted it was able to guess it right. So all you guys truly proved yourself to be the foodies that you all guessed it on the first shot.

Paaka Shaale, Prathiba and Priya guessed it right as Banana Peel. Now you will let me know your secret in guessing it so right.



Hubby dear had got some very fresh bananas and by evening most of them disappeared. I didn't think much about it. But Athamma said instead of food, boys snacked on them. Much later she got us this halwa to eat. She asked us to guess what it was. Well it was beyond me. And it was really very shocking when she said seeing such fresh peels, she wanted to experiment with it. And you have the halwa!
It was so good that Hubby dear, who normally never eats sweets, asked for a second helping. Athamma was even keen on getting my colleagues taste this. So naturally I would want to see if any of them would guess it. Not a single person was able to guess but came back for a second serve. And none could believe that one would actually make a halwa with the peels.



Banana Peel Halwa!

Banana Peels puree - 1 cup
Milk - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Fried Gram dal powder - 1 tsp
Cardamon powder a pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp
Water - 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

Take the peels, wash well and remove the stack. Remove all blacken parts. Cut into small pieces and make a puree of it in the mixer. If required add 1 tsp water to get a smooth puree.

Heat a thick bottom pan. Melt the sugar with milk and once it is melted, add the peel puree. Keep stirring.

Half way through it, add the fried gram dal, mix well. Continue cooking till the halwa reaches a thick consistency.

Finally add the ghee once you feel the consistency is good. You can know by feeling the texture, it would have turned grainy.

Notes: All the fresh parts is used for this peel. About 5 big banana peels were used to get about 1 cup of puree.

If you want to make it more rich, you can add cashew nut powder or add more ghee.

Once again thank you all for playing along!

I am planning on Deepavali Special Dishes. Let me know what you have in mind.

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18 comments :

Divya Vikram said...

Wow. That is so innovative Valli. Looks delicious as usual!

Susan said...

Yellow bananas, Valli? Looks so yummy. We never use peels much here in U.S. - shame, but then I do have Indian recipes to rely on. Thanks for the treat. : )

Paaka Shaale said...

Hi Srivalli,

First of all thank you for all those wonderful comments. It's very flattering. Infact, you are one of the many food bloggers who has inspired me to start blogging. Thank you once again :)

Coming to the banana peel, I had read somewhere that banana peel was also used to make halwas and kheers. So that's how I guessed. That was a great recipe. Would love to try it. :)

Srivalli said...

Divya, that was very quick!..thank you..will pass it on to Athamma..:)

Yes Susan Athamma used Yellow Bananas that we eat as fruit. Even I have not really heard about peels being used. But then one never knows..:D

PK I was happy discovering you today! so thanks for leaving your comments. I am so glad you started blogging.

And coming to banana peel, I am surprised that I have never heard about peels being used. That shows how much I still got to learn..LOL

Smitha said...

Thats so amazing...would have never guessed it!!...I would have never even thought that banana peel is also edible!!..very interesting and innovative!!

Nitha said...

thats an innovative and delicious one..

Neeta said...

Banana peel is a total surprise to me Valli, I never ever would have guessed it!!! Wow, I am very impressed - bravo to your Athamma.....it looks very rich and tasty!!

Santosh Bangar said...

new innovative recipe looking delicious

Sujana said...

Wow... This is so innovative...
must try it...
This is my first visit to your space and I am just floored...

Sujana
http://worldofsujana.blogspot.com/

Ambika said...

Hehe...It was purely a logical guess. The most common fruit - Banana. The most unused part of the most common fruit - peel. That's it!! That was all I thought :)

shifa firoz said...

wow!! peels!!! very new to me!! is it the normal bananas of the kerala type bananas?

notyet100 said...

wow halwa with banana peel...:-)

Jayashree said...

Very unusual, indeed. I use raw plantain peels to make thoran, but have never thought of putting ripe banana peels to use. Is it ripe banana or plantain peel that u used?

dr.antony said...

surprised

PriyaVaasu said...

Oh!!! great to know, i too guessed it right!!! u have given the right clues valli, easily available, so chumma just like that adichuvitathu than!!!! halwa looks very tempting!!!

Srivalli said...

Thank you friends..I am glad this was a surprise for you all as it was for me..:)

Nithya said...

Oh my god.. this is...... I really have no words.. simply awesome creation by aunty. Super o super :) kalakitaanga :) got to tell my mom as a first thing tomorrow morning :) unbelievable. My grandma used to make halwa with watermelon seeds, and I thought that was the most unexpected ingredient. But this one beats it totally ;)

PJ said...

That's absolutely innovative Srivalli!!I just got a dozen banans today,so u know what I am gona make pretty soon ;)

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