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banana halwa or banana sheera is banana semolina pudding that is often made as prasad for ganesh puja or satyanarayan puja or devi puja or for any auspicious occasion.

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banana halwa recipe with step by step photos – banana sheera also known as banana halwa is one sweet dish that i have grown up having at most of the puja functions in mumbai. sheera is the marathi term for halwa. in hindi this recipe would be called banana sooji halwa. in english it is akin to banana semolina pudding.

whether it is ganesh puja or satyanarayan puja or devi puja or for any auspicious occasion, halwa or sheera is always made in india.

in bombay, in the community pujas and functions, banana sheera was always made and served as a prasad. prasad means a gift from the divine. it also means food that is first offered to the diety and then served to the devotees. more about prasad here on wiki.

the sounds of the aarti and bhajans, the fragrance of the incense and garlands, and the taste of the sheera served along with panchamrut is an experience in itself.

even home banana sheera was a regular sweet made once a week by mom. so no wonder i make the banana sheera often with leftover ripe bananas.

banana sheera recipe

i cannot recreate the sounds of the dhols & manjeera (drums & hand cymbals) in my home, but i can lit some diyas and incense sticks and make a good banana sheera.

generally the sheera is made with ghee (clarified butter) and that also lots of ghee. my version is a healthier one as i have used oil and that too less oil. some folks add milk and some water. you can go for any. however addition of milk makes the halwa more rich and tasty. for vegans, i would suggest adding water.

for the banana halwa recipe, i have used semolina which i have already roasted and stored. if you use fresh semolina, then you will have to fry the semolina for a longer period of time, say approx 10 mins, in oil/ghee till its color changes & becomes fragrant.

tip: roasted semolina does not get spoiled and does not become moldy too.

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banana sheera or banana halwa recipe below:

banana halwa recipe

4.17 from 6 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
banana halwa or banana sheera is banana semolina pudding that is often made as prasad for ganesh puja or satyanarayan puja or devi puja or for any auspicious occasion.
banana halwa recipe, banana sheera recipe
Course:breakfasts, brunch, desserts
Servings:3 to 4

INGREDIENTS FOR banana halwa recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 cup roasted rava (semolina or sooji or suji)
  • 2 to 3 bananas, chopped
  • 8 to 10 almonds (badam) or cashews (kaju) - chopped or sliced
  • 10 to 12 raisins (kishmish)
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms, powdered (choti elaichi)
  • 3 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 5 to 6 tablespoon sugar, add as required
  • a pinch of saffron, crushed (kesar)
  • 2.5 cups hot water or hot milk

HOW TO MAKE banana halwa recipe

  • heat ghee or in a pan. add pre roasted semolina and fry for 2-3 minutes till they semolina starts getting fragrant. don't brown the semolina.
  • add chopped bananas and stir.
  • add the hot water or milk and the dry fruits. stir.
  • add sugar and stir. simmer the banana halwa for 2-3 minutes.
  • now add the saffron. stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes more.
  • serve banana halwa hot or warm.


tips for making banana halwa

  1. the dry fruits can also be fried in oil or ghee and then added lastly to the banana halwa. some more ghee or oil can also be added to get a smooth texture.
  2. if using rava (semolina) which is not roasted already, heat ghee or oil. add the semolina and fry for some 8-10 mins or more on a low flame till the semolina changes color and become fragrant. don't brown the semolina. keep on stirring in between.
  3. i generally make banana halwa in ghee.
  4. to make the halwa more rich you can add milk instead of water.
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how to make banana sheera or banana halwa recipe:

1: heat oil or ghee in a kadai. i generally use ghee to make banana sheera. add the pre roasted semolina and fry for some 2-3 minutes.

banana sheera

2: add the chopped bananas and stir.

banana sheera

3: lower the flame. add the hot water or milk, dry fruits and cardamom powder. stir. the semolina absorbs the liquids and swells up. stir well so that the mixture does not become lumpy.

4: add sugar and stir.

5: keep on stirring.  ensure that the whole mixture is smooth and not lumpy. simmer the banana halwa for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame. lastly add the crushed saffron.

banana sheera

6: stir again and cook banana halwa for 2-3 minutes more.

banana sheera

7: pour sheera into serving bowls and serve banana sheera hot or warm.

banana suji halwa

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  1. dear dassana,

    all the recipes i made from this was an absolute success.. but i don’t remember what mistake i made during making this sheera, it turned sour.. sour like cannot take it in mouth. i totally count on your recipes. im sure I’ve made the mistake somewhere.
    just want to know if i can fix this issue.

    thank you

    • thanks mea. did you use milk or water. could be the milk has turned sour. otherwise there is nothing in the sheera that is sour. also another reason could be that the rava has become rancid or past its shelf life. in this case the rava will have slight off taste and you can get the rancid smell too.

  2. Hi, can I use jaggery instead of sugar? If yes, then when and how much should be added?

    • yes you can use jaggery. add the same amount as that of sugar.

  3. Hi Dassana,

    As always your recipes are amazing, but i have to say i’m so captivated by the spoon in the main picture. where did you find such a spoon???

    • thanks kruti. i bought this spoon from a antique shop in goa (near baga beach)

  4. Thankyou for this receipe .. I made it for my mom dad .. we al loved it

    • thanks urvashi.

  5. Thanks for the banana sheera recipe i just made it today evening.. all of my hostel friends tasted it with as an easy quick recipe

    • thanks. its an easy recipe.

  6. Great recipe! Do you have any suggestions for making seera with wheat flour?
    I do not have suji but I have wheat flour.

    • hi priti, i will be adding wheat flour sheera or halwa soon in a couple of days. its a bit different when making with wheat flour.

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