Saturday, March 8, 2014

Banana - Figs Halwa

Banana - Figs Halwa is a sweet dish. Banana Halwa is very famous in South Canara.(Dakshina Kannada). It can be munched at any time of the day.

Figs (anjura in Kannada), are very low in calories. They contain healthy soluble dietary fiber. They are full of vitamins and anti oxidants. Dried figs sources of energy. Figs helps control the sugar levels and glucose levels in diabetes. They also contain good level of B - complex group of vitamins. Dried figs are an excellent sources of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.

Banana fruit is one of the high calorie tropical fruits. It contains good amounts of health benefits. It is full of anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. The fruit contains a good amount of soluble dietary fiber that helps normal bowel movements. It helps to reduce the constipation problems. Banana contain vitamin C and vitamin B-6. Fresh bananas provide the good amount levels of minerals like copper, magnesium and manganese. Fresh banana is a very rich source of potassium. It helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.

Here is a recipe of Banana figs Halva. I have used ripe banana, sugar, figs, ghee and cardamom. It is tasty halva and all age group people will surely like this Halwa.

Things needed :

Ripe Bananas : 6
Figs : 1 Cup
Sugar :1 1/2  Cups.
Ghee : 3/4 cup
Cardamom : 4 to6 pods

Method :

1.Wash figs and cut it into small pieces. Soak in warm water.(1/4 cup water/milk) for 1/2 an hour).
2. Powder cardamom
3. Remove the skin of banana and smash it in hand or liquidizer.
4. Now grind figs with same soaked water. for 10 to 15 seconds.
5. Keep a big pan on the fire. Heat and put 1 spoon of ghee.
6. Add smashed banana, ground figs and sugar.

7. Stir nicely till it starts to leave the sides of the pan. Add ghee in between the stirring .

8. You must stir continuously till it leaves ghee. Add cardamom and mix it well.

9. Shift this halwa to a ghee applied plate or tray.

10. Cut the halwa according to your wish when it is warm.

Note : 

The whole process should be on low flame. Nuts can be added but the taste differ. You can add more sugar if you want. I have not added. Adding sugar thickens the halwa fast. You can add more ghee if you wish. Must cut the Halwa when it is warm or you may not get the correct shape when it is too hot or it is hard to make pieces when it completely cools down.
Time : 40 minutes

20 to 25 pieces 


  1. Looks delicious........ Will try soon!!

  2. the halwa must be good with the combo of bananas and figs.

  3. looks delicious and healthy version...


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