Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bananas about it

We love bananas in our family and end up buying large quantities of them. The only catch – you guessed it – they have this awful tendency to get overripe fast. The same thing happened last week and then an old family recipe dashed to the rescue. This is a banana relish, which is delicious eaten with rotis, on bread as a spread, served with pancakes/ idlis/ dosais or even by itself for dessert. And it lends itself easily to being taken up or down a notch with minimal effort. Try it, the kids will love it and it's easy-peasy!

Banana Relish

2 slightly overripe bananas
Handful grated jaggery or brown sugar
Handful grated fresh coconut ( you can use dessicated coconut too, but in that case cut it into thin slivers)
To kick it up a notch: add a tsp cardamom, a bit of vanilla icecream, some slivered orange peel or if not serving to kids a peg of Malibu coconut liqueur, and a few roasted cashews

Mash the bananas roughly so they are still a little lumpy. Add the jaggery/ sugar and coconut and mix well. Garnish with cashews and serve to delirious applause from picky children!

This is one of my entries for Srivalli's Mithai Mela


Asha said...

YUM! Reminds of temple prasada, I love the aroma of this. Looks delicious! :)

bird's eye view said...

asha - i love temple prasada - that sajjige with bananas...just occurred to that this would make a great pie filling...

Joanne said...

This looks so good. I bet it would be great on a sandwich with peanut butter!

sampada said...

sounds delicious...yummy.

bird's eye view said...

Joanne - it is great with oeanut butter - have tried it :)

Sampada - it's a surefire hit with kids, which is what I'm always looking for!