Banana Sheera/ Kesari | Banana Semolina Halwa

A delicious and melt-in-mouth South Indian style sweet with semolina and ripe bananas…




It has been tough to get back to posting on the blog more frequently. My parents finally reached back on Tuesday and the home has been extremely empty since then. I haven’t been sitting at home and escaping to the Expo 2020 site three times in these past few days, even though the site is a really long drive from home. By the way, have you been to the Expo 2020? When it had begun and B insisted I pick seasonal passes, I wasn’t really convinced about it, but now after almost 10 visits, I can say that I am totally loving the experience of exploring different countries with different cultures, multitude of environmental challenges and likes. It feels like we hardly know much about the world apart from the handful of countries that we have been to or interacted with… The experience is humbling, to say the least…


Having said that, life is yet to go back to feeling normal. The girls still have online classes, and I am simply not able to get back into my mind-frame of wanting to get done with my things. Maybe I am simply stifling myself, and thinking too much… I am just hoping I can get back to my learning and more blogging as days go ahead… InShaAllah…




Today I am sharing a very soul comforting dessert, at least for me. I love a good kesari, not necessarily drenched in a lot of ghee or too sweet, just the way I make it. I can eat a whole bowl in one sitting. Hehe… I have also made it previously with pineapple and mango, and if you ask me to choose my favorite, I don’t want to catch sides. I once had these ripe bananas in my pantry and I didn’t want to bake anything. It got me thinking if I could make some dessert with it. Since semolina is an ever present ingredient at home, I thought why not make some kesari with it? I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with how delightful it turned out to be…


The banana is diced in small pieces before adding, so when you dig into it, you get a little melted effect from those banana bites. I added milk to make this kesari a little more rich, as most of the time, kesari is made in water. All I added was cardamom for flavor, and it just allowed the banana to shine in this really simple dessert. As usual, my girls didn’t eat much except for a spoonful, since it was too “banana-ey”, just like they said when they had the banana pudding or the banoffee pie. 😀 That means I got to eat the whole batch and just share a part with HD. 😉 Off to this simple recipe…





Banana Sheera/ Kesari | Banana Semolina Halwa

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda AR


  • 2-4 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 ripe bananas chopped into small peices
  • 10-15 chopped cashews
  • 1 1/2 cup full fat milk hot
  • 1 cup water hot
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of crushed saffron optional


  • In a wide saucepan, heat the ghee. Roast the semolina just till golden brown.
  • Add the chopped bananas and cashews and toss well.
  • Now add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Keep on low flame and stir occasionally till the water is completely absorbed and the semolina is cooked.
  • Switch off and serve hot.


Add ghee as per your liking. The more, the better it would taste.
Make sure that the milk and water are hot before adding into the roasted semolina, to ensure proper cooking. 

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