Banana Halwa/Pazha Varatti/Pazham Varatti-Indian Cooking Challenge

For this month ICC Srivalli has chosen an exotic sweet from Kerala which is prepared by using the banana.The original recipe is with the typical Kerala bananas called as nendrampazham but due to unavailability I made with the regular banana.The taste of the sweet is so delicious and couldn't find out it is made out of banana.Now off to the recipe...


Chopped nutsfor garnishing(optional)


  • Cut the banana into roundells and pressure cook it for 2whistles.After cooling blend it in a blender to a fine smooth paste. 
  • For every one cup add 1.5 cups of sugar is needed. Put the puree in a non stick heavy bottom pan and add the sugar,mix it well.
  • Add the ghee with regular intervals.Mix it well till it reaches the desired consistency or leaves the side of the pan.
  • Pazha Varatti is ready.

  • The taste and the color will be slightly different if nendram pazham is used.
  • Use the well ripen bananas to get a nice sweet taste. 
  • The amount of ghee can be increased or decreased to personal preference.


wow delicious halwa..lovely clicks too dear :)

Super ah erukku halwa, looks like wheat flour halwa...too tempting Nalini...nice presentation n pics!

How to pressure cook it?with water or without water?

Flavorful halwa... Will try it soon

Looks delish, you have an incredible collection here...lot to catch up on!

Malar Gandhi

Wow. halwa looks so delicious..

Very beautiful presentation and very attractive halwa, i dont mind having some rite now.

super tempting halwa... very nicely done!!
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wow, this looks extremely delicious

beautiful presentation.. i love blue :) attractive halwa dear..

Your halwa has turned out so well Nalini...looks good

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