EVENT: FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #16
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Ghee Kera is what my daughter calls kera nu shaak. Its not a savory dish at all but one of the easiest to prepare and so popular among kids.
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What is Ghee Kera?
Kera. keda, is the Gujarati word for bananas and in Hindi its called kela. Ghee is clarified butter. Ghee is a popular fat, made by heating butter till the milk solids and liquid fat get separated. Its usually made using cow milk butter. Ghee is used in a variety of dishes in India to add not only flavour but also health benefits. Ghee Kera is a mixture of banana slices, a bit of ghee and sugar. Sometimes cardamom powder is added for more flavour.
‘Ena Ghar Ma Ghee Kera chhe’ which when translated says that in his/her house there is ghee kera. In fact it means that he or she is pretty much well off, wealth wise. Ghee years ago was considered as an expensive food item, only people who owned cows for milk or wealth had the luxury of including it in their diet on a daily basis.
Ghee Kera and my memories
When I was growing up, Saturday would be the day of the week that along with the usual full lunch of dal (lentils), shaak(vegetables), rotli and bhaat(rice), we would have some sweet dish like shrikhand, lapsi, meethi sev or ghee kera. Whenever my siblings and I didn’t like the vegetable prepared to go with our rotli (wheat flatbread), my mum would give us ghee kera. And the best part is yet to come, The bowl in which she would prepare Ghee Kera, after its over, she would hot kadhi to it, give it a swirl and I’d enjoy that kadhi, sipping on it slowly, not wanting it to get over. Sweetness from the sugar and the ghee aroma, so heavenly.
Ghee Kera and My Kids
When my kids were growing up, I would give them ghee kera often with roti but on the condition that they would also eat the vegetable we had made. And thus this way a family tradition continued, my daughter asking for ‘banana nu shaak'(banana vegetable) often. What she really meant was ghee kera. Now an adult, she still calls it banana nu shaak.
An easy dessert option:
Did you know that ghee kera is a quick dessert to prepare when you have a crazy craving for something sweet? It tastes really awesome on its own too. One of the easiest recipe to make, its vital that bananas are not raw or too ripe. Besides aroma the ghee should be of good quality. Easily available in Indian stores, its worth spending a bit more and buying a well known quality. Sometimes the ghee is mixed with oil. Usually I make ghee at home, but occasionally when I need to buy then KCC or Brookside brand is the best in Kenya.
- Gluten free
- Satvik friendly
- Ideal meal for kids
- Not suitable for those on a vegan diet
Let us get down to making this really easy recipe which comes together within 5 minutes if you’ve got all the ingredients on hand.
4 large bananas
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter), use the liquid part
½ tsp cardamom powder
- Peel the bananas. Cut into slices or cubes which are not too thin or too thick.
- Add the sugar, cardamom powder and ghee and mix it.
- Serve with hot rotis.
- My mum use to add more ghee. You can add more or less, whichever you prefer.
- Don’t use over ripe bananas otherwise the mixture will become mushy.
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