Sharjah Shake

20. Sharjah ShakePin


The name is intriguing, isn’t it? Yes, even I was intrigued… When we were kids, we used to have long trips with a whole bunch of relatives. Uncle (my aunt’s husband) is a total foodie so we were guaranteed that we would get non-stop eating all the way from start to finish. I still relish those days when we used to stand by sides of the carts – so lovingly called “pettikadas” (literally translates as “box shops”) serving hot dosas or porottas and beef varatti (roast), and hogging on them like crazy! Not to mention of how much the next day, we would be flat on the bed, in and out of the washroom – so typical of “Gulf kuttis”! πŸ˜‰ But still, that wouldn’t stop us from eating, hehe… All that has come to an end now. D doesn’t like to eat much from such outlets, and HD is not at all a foodie. When I go craving to eat, the only thing he gets for me is the Naranga Soda, saying it will at least not spoil your tummy. πŸ˜• I know… I have to live with it… πŸ˜€


Coming back to the recipe, for that matter I have never had the original Sharjah Shake. Each time the whole entourage used to go to Calicut for some reason without me, they used to have this and talk of how delicious it is! InShaAllah, I guess I have to push through a chance of having it from the original store when I am home this time… Meanwhile, I enjoy it once in a while at home. To read a little bit about how the name stuck, you can go on here! Initially, it used to be available only in one outlet, but now you can find it in almost every cafe at home! Hehe… Off to the recipe…


3.34 from 3 votes

Sharjah Shake

Course Drinks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rafeeda


  • 5 small bananas ripe (I used njalipoovan)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • Β½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp malted drink powder I used Horlicks


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
  • Serve immediately!


Use any small variety of banana for authentic taste.
If your blender is strong enough, use frozen milk.
You can add nuts of your choice or completely omit it.
A dash of cardamom can also be added as optional.
Instead of Horlicks, you can use Boost or the like. Even adding a dash of coffee sounds interesting.

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  1. Interesting story behind it .Even I was wondering why is it named like that…now got to know .In this weather i just need a tall glass of this .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  2. Refreshing yummy drink

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beena…

  3. I made it instantly and I am in love with it. Three cheers to Sharjah Shake.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      That was so quick… thanks a lot Tum…

  4. lovely energetic drink

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Amrita…

  5. Oops, I think there are tooo many bananas in it…but it’s super energy drink for before or after workout…energetic share

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The banana used are the small ones, that you can adjust as per the size… Thanks a lot Habeeba…

  6. 5 stars
    Love sharja shake on a sunny day from a “pettikada” near any bus stand. Ohh…! I can’t forget its taste….. dear..! feeling nostu… πŸ™‚ U r motivating me to make it and drink it now…! I think this is one of Malayalees national drink…..!!! Kothiyavunnu… njan poyi undakkattae….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Malayalee’s national drink… hehe… like that reference! Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  7. 3 stars
    OMG, This one is my favorite drink item.. Me too want to make it soon.. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena… πŸ™‚

  8. My hubby loves sharjah shake but I havent tasted it yet!! Will make soon thanks for sharing the recipe dear πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Aara… πŸ™‚

  9. Yummy and refreshing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suja…

  10. 2 stars
    We locals ( read that as non-gulf kuttis) used to think it is something from THE gulf and believed like we were having something really special! LOL! Mainly because all my NRI bros used to rave about it and make them for us. Like fish names in malayalam, I am unaware of names of banana. The only one I know the name and can recognise is nenthrapalam! πŸ˜›

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even I had no clue about banana names but slowly trying to learn them, hehe… Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

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