Chakra Living

Banana Halavah

by Bhaktin Lynne Murray

Posted October 2, 2007

One version of the recipe that Zoe is looking for, Banana Halavah, comes from the original cookbook The Hare Krishna Cookbook compiled by Krsna devi dasi and Sama devi dasi. My copy is from 1983 (a couple of years before I joined the movement) and is the sixth printing. This is a great cookbook.

The recipe goes like this:

Banana Halavah (Kela Halavah) page 61

Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Peel and cut bananas into 1 inch pieces. Fry in butter 5-7 minutes on medium heat. Stir often and mash after they have fried for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water. Simmer with care on low heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir the sugar into the remaining 1 cup water and add to the bananas. Boil gently 15 minutes. Stir often to prevent scorching, and also to thicken mixture. Add rose water, remove and pour into a shallow dish. Bruise the cardamom seeds and sprinkle on halavah. Sliver the almonds, and sprinkle enough saffron to colour the halavah golden. Offer hot or cold. Hope this helps. Haribol!