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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Banana Kheer (Vayakka Payasam)



Banana kheer is one of my favorite childhood food. In my fondest food memories, I still remember how mom would prepare this in minutes and me and my siblings would devour it in seconds.
This tradition of feeding kids still continues and I can proudly say “yes!!! my kids also love this!” Wonder why there’s always a sense of complacency upon learning that my kids too love what I loved as a kid; probably that’s the fastest way of bridging the generation gap….eventually you tend to connect with them with ease. Don’t know if that’s the case with any other moms.
Talking about the kheer, it has to be prepared only with the Plaintains which are soft and ripened fully. This is a very basic recipe with milk, flour and plaintains, and has lots of opportunities to individualize. So go for it! 

Ingredients:
Milk – 2glassful
All purpose flour (maida)- 3 tsp
Ripe Plaintains ( Kerala banana)- 1(diagonally cut into thin pieces)
Cardamom- 2(slightly crushed)
Sugar- 2tbsp
Pure ghee- 2 tsp
Pinch of salt
Serves: 3-4

Method:
Boil milk. Add Sugar, salt & cardamom. Make a thick paste of maida by adding some water. Now add this into the milk while it’s still boiling (stirring at the same time). The milk would thicken now. Next add the banana pieces and stir for 1-2minutes. Switch off gas and keep covered for 5-10minutes, until the banana pieces have softened completely. Add pure ghee and serve hot. (Its consistency would be that of any other kheer)

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