Sweet Bananas and Coconut | Pazham Varattiyathu | Banana Halwa from Kerala

A 6-minute dessert with Indian flavours. Banana and coconut – a winning combination.

Banana Coconut Dessert

Here it is, Sweet Bananas and Coconut, a tempting decadent siren of a dessert. 6 minutes only to make — easy to whip up after a hot curry or when unexpected guests arrive. It is sweet and buttery, so a small amount is enough.

The recipe came from my pile of hundreds of hand written recipes collected over the years. The scribbled notes came from a cooking session with a Chef at the Leela in Kovalam, Kerala on the West Coast of India. It is a Keralite dish, also common in Tamil Nadu.

Are you after more Banana recipes? You might also like to try Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Banana and Berry Lassi, or Flattened Rice with Bananas and Honey.

Have a look at all of our recipes from Kerala or all of our Indian recipes. Explore some more information about Halwa. Our Banana recipes are all here. You can also browse our Dessert recipes. Or simply explore our Early Spring dishes.

Banana Coconut Dessert


In the West, we don’t cook much with bananas, preferring them raw, sliced, generally on top of desserts or sweet breakfast dishes. In India and SE Asia, the variety of bananas is much larger and they are used in sweet and savoury dishes, baked, roasted, deepfried, sauteed, steamed, or cooked long and slow to a beautiful sweet mash.

The combination of bananas, ghee, sugar and cardamom, even coconut, is quite common, and often bananas are fried in ghee and then sprinkled with sugar and cardamom. This recipe takes the simplicity of that dish to another level, while remaining remarkable quick and easy.

Keep frozen coconut in the freezer – it is far better than desiccated coconut. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, any Indian shop will have it.

The only change I would make to this recipe is to add a little cardamom powder.


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Banana Halwa from Kerala | Banana Coconut Fry | Pazham Varattiyathu

Source: A Hand Written recipe from my year’s old stash of collected recipes
prep time: 2 mins
cooking time: 6 mins max
serves: 1 – 2
depending on how you use it

2 Tblspn ghee
0.5 cup fresh or frozen coconut (defrosted)
4 tspn white sugar (or less – it is sweet)
pinch saffron
1 Tblspn sultanas
0.25 tspn cardamom powder
1 – 2 bananas, sliced
slivered almonds or unsalted pistachios (optional)

Heat the ghee over a low heat until melted. Add all the ingredients except for the bananas and almonds or pistachios (if using). Cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add the sliced bananas and continue to cook gently for another 2 – 3 minutes. The aim is for the bananas to keep their shape, not to mash.

Garnish with the slivered almonds or pistachios if using.

Serve immediately. It must be eaten hot before the ghee solidifies again.


Options: Add a couple of tablespoons of cashews to the ghee in the first step.

Banana Coconut Dessert


Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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