This being a special dessert, presenting it to all my somali  peeps during their Eid ul fitr” as they are set to break their fast. I understand this dessert never misses on their table once they come from their fasting period. “Somebody correct me if am wrong.” It is a delicious dessert that goes well with traditional unsweetened Somali coffee. Never tried out the somali coffee but its on my list now.

This is where your “History Lessons” fully come to use.

Halwa  is a special dessert prepared by somalis / Indians with its main ingredients being bananas. This dessert was not initially shaped into balls but was made into a big chunk and everyone would rip a piece off of it. Its not normally cute to look at, so making them into balls and coating them with different toppings makes it more appealing. The coating {whichever you use} adds another flavor on a whole new level which makes this delicious dessert taste even better.

Habari ndio hio.


Making “Banana Halwa”.

prep time : 5 mins    Cook time: 45 mins    Total time: 50 mins

Yields /Serves: 4 -6 pax

*Main Ingredients*


– 4 bananas

– 1/4 cup of sugar {can use granulated sugar}

– 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom

– 1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter

– Potato masher

– Cupcake cups

*For coating*

– Sesame seeds {Can use- shredded coconut, sprinkles, etc}


1. As you prepare to mash the bananas, boil water in a pot, and place the dish with the butter and let it ,melt.P1090843

2. Peel the bananas, place them in a pot/sufuria, mash them using the potato masher until soft.


3. Cook the bananas on medium heat for 15 -30 mins, as you stir every 5 mins.


4. when it starts to turn brown, add in the melted butter and sugar and mix well. Cook for another 10 mins as you stir continuously.


5. Add in the ground cardamom spice , cook for another 2 mins. Remove it from the heat, Place it into another dish and chill in the fridge for 10 mins.


6. After chilling them, add a drop of vegetable oil to your hands -this will help less sticking on your hands. Roll them into balls, coat them with sesame seeds and cup them.


P1090866Final Outcome:


You can decide to cool them overnight in the fridge, to get a more firm dessert. Slurp!!



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