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

Ingredients:
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

5 comments:

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!