Banana halwa or banana sheera is a famous Indian sweet made for any auspicious occasion. It is such a easy basic sweet recipe that can be made in jiffy. This banana halwa is baby friendly if you skip adding cashews. It can be given to babies from 6 to 7 months after you introduced banana & suji to your baby separately. This banana halwa is not only a sweet treat for babies & toddlers, but it’s for the whole family as well.
- Roasted fine rava/sooji - 2 tbsp
- Banana - 2 small sized or 1 medium sized
- Homemade Ghee - 1 tsp
- Water - ½ cup
- Jaggery or Sugar or dates syrup - 1 tbsp (optional)
- Ghee fried cashews - 2 to 3 (optional)
- Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Heat a pan and add suji/rava with ghee. Fry in low flame until nice aroma comes (with constant stirring) and the suji/rava becomes slightly golden brown. Set aside.
- Slice the bananas and mash it well with your hands. Add water to the pan and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Now add the roasted suji/rava little by little to the boiling water with constant stirring. Take care to not to form any lumps. Cook the suji/rava in medium flame for 3 minutes or until the suji/rava gets cooked completely. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel.
- Once its cooked add mashed banana. Mix well. Add sugar or jaggery at this stage(if using). Stir well so that no lumps are formed.
- Continue stirring for 3-5 minutes or till the halwa forms a mass leaving the sides of the pan. At this stage, add ghee fried cashews(if using) and give a quick stir. Switch it off once done.
- Choose organic suji/rava (with wheat & without maida) for making baby food.
- When selecting bananas, choose ripe and sweet tasting ones.
- Adding sugar or jaggery is purely optional. Add if the sweetness of bananas are not sufficient. Skip sugar if your baby is under a year old. Use dates syrup instead.
- For small babies, add breast milk or formula at the end to adjust the consistency while feeding. Also skip adding cashews.
- You can use more amount ghee than mentioned to get a very smooth texture if making this halwa for toddlers & adults.
- You could use ghee fried rasins along with cashews for adults and kids.
- For toddlers and kids, add a tbsp of boiled milk at the end for variation.
- Make sure to cook the suji or rava well before adding mashed bananas or any sweetener. Otherwise suji or rava won’t get cooked easily.
- Generally suji/rava or banana doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- If your baby doesn’t like the texture of suji/rava, make it to a powder by grinding in a blender.