Sunday, May 4, 2008

Banana Halva

OK, so let's just admit right up front that this dessert is not going to win any photo contests. Cooked bananas just aren't that attractive. But if you are planning an Indian feast any time soon you may want to try this sweet dessert.

- 1 tbsp margarine
- 4-5 ripe bananas, sliced
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
- nutmeg

1. Melt margarine in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add banana slices and fry for 5 mins. Remove from heat and mash well.
2. Return to heat and add 1/4 cup of the water. Cook for 5 mins, stirring constantly. Add sugar and the rest of the water. Bring to bubbling and cook for 15-20 mins, stirring regularly, until thick.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl, or several smaller serving bowls. Sprinkle some nutmeg over top and garnish with almonds. Can be served hot or cold.