This dish takes me back few decades where my paru patty (Grandma) used to pamper me with this wonderful yet simple dish. Pazham Nurukku. Kerela Special.
This is such a kids friendly delight. Nendram pazham is such healthy variety of plantain. For kids, it is usually given steamed and mashed with lil sugar and Ghee added. My grandma use to steam it with Jaggery and add ghee as final touch. The house smells with the aroma of the banana with jaggery. Cardamom added will make the aroma reach the streets.
This weekend I made this along with my daughter. She was patiently watching me and when I gave her to eat it, she licked the plate clean. The jaggery sauce flavoured with cardamom and plantain will do all the magic.
Note: The plantain should not be overripe or neither too firm. Overripe bananas will get smashed while steaming. Very firm ones will harden when u steam it. So it should be in between stage.
· Nendram Banana – 3
· Jaggery – 3 tbsp (Pagu variety)
· Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
· Ghee – 1 tsp
· Water – 1 cup
Peel and cut the bananas into 3 pieces like shown below.
Add jaggery and water in a kadai. Once Jaggery is melted, filter it to remove any impurities.
Transfer the filtered jaggery syrup to same kadai ; add the cut bananas and cardamom powder. I dint have cardamom powder, so I slit the pods and added them.
Cover the kadai with the lid and steam it for 10 mins with constant checking it between. Time varies based on how ripe they are. Cook till they are glossy and soft. Make sure the bananas wont stick in the kadai.
If it is over ripened bananas then u can reduce the time to 5 mins, as they will be cooked very soon.
Serve it hot. While giving for small kids, smash the bananas and feed it.