Banana Rasayana / Banana Salad with Coconut Milk/ Balehannu rasayana

Banana is known for its richness in nutrients, which is good and easily available in all the seasons. A bowl of this Rasayana is a great source of energy.
This rasayana is considered to be a healthy dessert as no refined sugar being added while making it. It is very common in the houses of coastal & Malnad area. It is very simple to make with minimal ingredients. It works as a great combination to ottu shavige. It is rich in nutrients & perfect to energize body with all the essential items like fruit, coconut milk & jaggery. It can be a good pre/ post work out snack with reduced sweetener. 

It makes a vegan dessert as coconut milk usage! Look for the process of coconut milk extraction here.
Also, it is a best way to finish off the ripe bananas!

Banana Rasayana

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Well ripe Bananas (big) – 6-8 , 12 (small)
Jaggery powder – ½ cup or as per taste
Coconut Milk – 1 Cup
Cardamom powder – ¼ spoon(optional)
Til/ Black Sesame  - 1 spoon (optional)

  • Choose well ripe bananas, preferably elakki/ kadali or you can make it even with pache bale hannu or Robusta variety of banana.
  • Peel off banana, Chop into small pieces. Mix Jaggery powder and keep aside. 
  • Grind Coconut gratings with little water and get thick coconut milk by straining in a juice strainer. 
  • Add this to the banana Jaggery mixture. 
  • Add cardamom powder for the flavor. 
  • Heat the pan, put sesame (no oil). When starts spluttering , add to the Rasayana.  
  • Mix well, serve it as a dessert or it is a good combination of rice noodles or ottu shavige/ Dosa/Idli. 
  • Keep it refrigerated and can be a delicious cool refresher during summer hot days.
Balehannu rasayana

  • Variations possible to this with the addition of seasonal fruits like mango or mixed fruits/ musk melon. Check the link for the recipe of mango rasayana.
  • Addition of sesame is just optional.
  • Thicker the coconut milk used, tastier the rasayana.
Banana Salad with Coconut Milk