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Balehanina Mulka / Sankashti Prasada / Ripe Banana sweet

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Bale hanina mulka / ripe banana sweet fritters are prepared as Sankashti Prasada - offering/naivedya  for Lord Ganesha. Also made as evening snack. Main difference is, if prepared as naivedya, it has to be prepared with whole wheat flour or wheat semolina or broken wheat or combination of them. For snacks, this mulka may be prepared with rice flour or with soaked & ground rice.

As always, most of the naivedya has 5 or 7 main ingredients. Keeping this in mind helps me remember the ingredients. The ingredient measurements listed below is my rough estimate. As depending on the size of the banana and freshness of the coconut, flour has to added to get the right consistence of the dough. So may have to play around a bit so have the flour out if needed. 

From the picture, you may notice that color of the mulka is dark, this is due to banana and wheat flour. But believe me it taste really good and is very soft. Smells divine and festive while preparing. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 - fully ripe banana (peeled)
  • 1 cup - whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup - grated coconut (may be grounded too)
  • ½ cup - jaggery or brown sugar or liquid  jaggery 
  • ½ tsp - cardamom powder
  • 3 tsp - milk or water - as & if needed to get the right consistence.
  • Oil for deep frying
Optional Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp - honey 
  • 1 tsp - cashew nut powder
  • pinch of baking powder or Eno fruit salt
  • pinch of nutmeg pdr, cinnamon pdr, cloves pdr or black-pepper pdr ( I use bit of cloves and pepper powder when prepared as snack, slight hint of spice goes well with evening tea/coffee)
  • pinch of salt
Method:
  1. In a deep bowl, mash the bananas. You may use a masher or use the back of a spatula or just use your hand.
  2. Add coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder to the banana, and mix it all together. Optional ingredients other than the baking powder may be mixed together at this stage.
  3. Start adding the wheat flour little by little and see how much you need. ( If backing powder is used, add it along with the flour)  The consistency should be of thick cake or pakoda batter. If it is too runny, add more wheat flour. If it is too hard, add bit of milk or water and mix.
  4. Pour oil into a frying pan and place our medium-high flame. Once the oil is hot enough, take out small portion of dough and slowly place them in hot oil. If you are not comfortable with hand, use a table spoon to carefully put the dough in the oil.  Don't worry about the shape of the mulkas. Fry them in small batches and keeping the flame in medium-low.  Use a slotted spoon to turn the mulkas so that they cook evenly on all sies. They are ready after 2-3 minutes or as soon as they have a rich, dark golden colour. Take them out from oil. Place them on kitchen paper tissue to drain excess oil.
  5. Mulkas are ready to offer to Lord Ganesha.
  6. They can be eaten warm or cold.



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