Paal Pizhinjathu ~ Banana Mash in Coconut Milk




Eid is here!!! Eid ul Fitr as it is called marks the end of Ramadan. Once the moon is sighted, then everyone greet each other for the happy occasion and pray to the Almighty to accept our fasts and good deeds of the month of Ramadan. There is a mandatory charity called Zakat Fitr, which varies from country to country. ItPin is to be paid by the head of the family for every individual and this pooled money is used for serving people who do not have the ability of getting clothes and food for Eid. The next day morning, after the dawn prayers, special Eid prayers are held at open grounds called Eidgahs, with separate facility for women and children. For this Eid, the Prophet (PBUH) used to have an odd number of dates and water before proceeding for the prayers.


My Eids have always been in the UAE. Staying in a central location means that we are greeted with continuous honking and traffic till the wee hours of night, with people running around to finish off their last minute shopping for clothes, accessories, shoes, etc and the long queues at the parlors for henna and facials! Since we finish off our shopping well in advance, we do not go out of home. Rather umma and we would do preparations for the next day morning food, which would be Ada – rice flour cakes with coconut jaggery fillings folded into a leaf like badam’s or plantain’s and steamed till done – and chicken cutlets. We also start the lunch preparations also, like cutting the onions, marinating chicken and fish, etc. Once we are done with that, then we “mess” up our hands with henna, blow them off to dry, tie up with plastic bags and go off to sleep. Waking up early is a tough task as sleeping was only for 3-4 hours, but the excitement of going for the prayers in brand new clothes and the orangish henna would push us up. In fact, my sister wouldn’t even touch water or soap for the fear of henna fading out soon!!! πŸ˜€


Once the prayers are done, we come back home to an entourage of relatives and fellow place people, who then feed themselves on the adas and the cutlets, also gulping in cups of chai. By the time they leave, it would almost be midday, and then we would go for rounds to all our relatives, in Dubai. Then we come back home for some sumptuous biriyani and payasam from my mother. Then it’s a filled tummy, some sleep and then again rounds to relatives and friends. Normally, on the second day, we go for our longer trips to the outskirts of UAE, Normally, places like Al Ain and Khorfakkan gets so packed that vehicles wont move and all we do that day is sit in the car and chat to glory!!!


What I am sharing with you is a special Eid payasam, which hardly involves any cooking. My D goes around on the previous day of Eid hunting for the best mysore bananas that can be used for this payasam! A big “chatti” (pan) full of this is devoured in no time by the continued flow of guests throughout the evening. Since I have blabbered enough at the start, let me go straight to the recipe. Wishing all my Muslim and non-Muslim friends Eid Mubarak… We sincerely hope that Allah will accept all our good deeds of Ramadan and bless us with more chances to please Him, Aameen… Sending this to the Virtual Eid Potluck Party hosted by Sadaf of My Culinary Adventures… and also to Walking Down the Memory Lane hosted by Avika of A Day through my life





Updated with new pictures on June 5, 2019: We celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr yesterday Alhamdulillah, and back home they are celebrating it today, though with a lot less intention, due to elappa’s untimely death, Allahu Rahimahu. We have had a slow Eid and I have literally not cooked anything. Today, when I got to make this Paal Pizhinjathu, I thought it was apt to shoot and update this post with better looking pictures. As I was sitting and reading through the post, a rush of nostalgia came through me. Nothing can replace old memories. Now Eid is totally different and we hardly have any people here. Anyway, I am just glad that this post gets an update that it really deserves. No changes to the recipe, since there is hardly anything there! It is totally easy comfort dessert at the best… πŸ™‚ Keeping the old picture here which makes me cringe, but we need to see how much we have grown, right? πŸ™‚






Paal Pizhinjathu (Banana Mash in Coconut Milk)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg mysore or any small banana ripe
  • 1 coconut grated
  • 3 cups water
  • 200 gm jaggery
  • 6 shallots chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder


  • Peel the bananas in a saucepan. Mash nicely with hand.
  • In another saucepan, melt jaggery in little water. Cool completely.
  • Blend the coconut with 2 cups water well. Strain to remove the coconut milk. Add the remaining water to the peeled coconut and blend again. Strain as much as you can and discard the coconut.
  • Add the milk, jaggery, cardamom and chopped shallots and mix well to combine. Add more water if too thick.
  • Serve in the same plate in which your biriyani is eaten and devour with pappadams!!! πŸ™‚


The quantities are approximate, as it depends on individual tastes.
You can make it thick or thin.
Jaggery can be replaced with sugar.
You can mash the banana with a masher, but it tastes better when done with the hand! πŸ˜‰
Since mashed with hand, try to finish it in a couple of hours as chances of spoilage are high.

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  1. πŸ™‚ Nice one Rafee..

    1. thank u so much sangeetha… πŸ™‚

  2. Eid Mubarak to you! your eid ritual sounds like fun Rafee , almost the same here but we have the compulsary pathiri for breakfast! Enjoy the hols πŸ™‚

    1. pathiri for breakfast!!! that is how it is back home, here we normally dont! πŸ™‚ hope u enjoyed ur hols, dear… πŸ™‚

  3. quite a combo.quite new to me.

    1. thank u so much meena…

  4. so tempting n rich luking bowl…Eid Mubarak My Dear..

    1. thank u so much usha…

  5. Hey Rafee Eid Mubarak dear.Loved the way u write about ur preparation.
    Have fun!!!

    1. thank u so much meena…

  6. I can smell the banana's here lolz πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much aara… πŸ™‚

  7. Eid Mubarak dear!!!!!!We have appam,liver roast and banana payasam for breakfast..another version of ur palu pizhinjath

    1. good to know shaai… palayidathum pala mathiriya, alle? πŸ™‚

  8. Eid Mubarak Sis, happy feast as well.. Completely new dish for me..loving it.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  9. Eid mubarak to and ur family,,,, for us its tommo insha allah, ur eid prep details reminded me of all the eid that i celebrated in uae, m missing those here in india….

    1. eid mubarak to you too raaz… hope you enjoyed the festivities… πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Rafee, Eid Mubarak to you and your family. paalum pazhamum lovely combo and a very healthy one dear…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  11. Tempting and flavorful,clicks are beautiful.

    1. thank u so much divya…

  12. Eid Mubarak to you and everyone at home Rafee. Lovely simple dessert and will try out when I buy some bananas.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  13. Just came to say Eid Mubaarak to you and family Rafeeda..May Allah shower all his blessings upon You !

    1. that's so sweet of u dhyuthi… πŸ™‚ thank u so much!

  14. Eid mubarak to you and your family buddy…

    1. thank u so much divya…

    1. thank u so much sona…

    1. thank u so much dears…

  15. Eid Mubarak Raf to you and your family!What a lovely bowlful of goodness!!and no cooking all the more better!

    1. thank u so much princy… πŸ™‚

  16. Eid Mubarak sis to you and ur family.really so divine one

    1. thank u so much ramya…

  17. Eid Mubarak Rafeeda..Nice recipe..something new to me

    1. thank u so much kaveri…

  18. Eid Mubarak Rafee. You seem to have much fun.. Loved reading through. Wonderful recipe and thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  19. That's something different Rafee. Have a blessed and fun filled time!

    1. thank u so much priya…

  20. What an interesting recipe. You've made me curious as to how it tastes.I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

    1. thank u so much aunt mary…

  21. Eid Mubarak to u & ur family dear πŸ™‚ Loved the way u described ur Eid routine.. Full of fud & fun πŸ™‚ Loved this easy banana payasam too ! Yum is the word πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much chitra… πŸ™‚

  22. Eid Mubarak to you and your family….your dish looks so good and yum

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  23. Wow! Beautiful clicks.. Will definitely try this Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  24. Wow !! Lovely write up ! Loved to hear your ramblings about Eid !! And the Payasam looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

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