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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.

banana halwa, banana sheera

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.

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 halwa

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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.
banana halwa
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


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


  • 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.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
banana halwa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 494 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 427mg43%
Iron 19.7mg109%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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.

Add the hot water or milk

4: add sugar and stir.

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.

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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23 comments/reviews

  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?3 stars

    • 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 it4 stars

    • 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 recipe5 stars

    • 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.

  7. The recipe of Festivals r very excellent and it’s a Aashirvaad and prasad from God.which gives us good life.5 stars

  8. awesome pictures…mouthwatering…

    • thanks shanthi

  9. Hello, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

  10. I like to add bananas to the sheera. But my younger one is not fond of bananas and so I avoid it when she is at home. I love the flavour it adds to the dish. And like you I try not to add too much ghee. I have never used oil though.

  11. I’ve never had a chance to have this dessert, but having banana inside, I’m in love instantly. Beautiful photography!

  12. Looks gorgeous. Beautifully decorated and photographed too! Happy new year!

  13. wow..!! this one s my fav..iam from north karnataka n my mum used to make this..n even we call it sheera..

  14. i loved my neighbor’s banana sheera. i havent made any in sooo long because of hubbs banana allergy. yours looks fantastic! i need to make a small portion just for me:)

  15. Sheera looks so inviting. Will try soon

  16. Amazing pics Dassana! And the sheera looks yumm.