Red Bananas with Cardamom (Elaichi Kéla)

A Bombayite’s version of bananas Foster, this recipe stirs in highly aromatic cardamom for that quintessential flavor associated with many an Indian dessert.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
small red bananas
1/4
cup unsalted butter
1/4
cup jaggery, chopped or 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons lime juice, (1 medium lime)
1/2
teaspoon cardamom seeds, (removed from the pods), ground
1
quart vanilla ice cream

  • 1 Peel bananas and cut lengthwise in half; set aside.
  • 2 Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook jaggery in butter, stirring gently, until dissolved.
  • 3 Stir in bananas, lime juice and ground cardamom; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bananas are tender.
  • 4 Scoop ice cream into 4 bowls. Spoon bananas with sauce over ice cream.

Expert Tips

Red bananas are available in some large supermarkets. Choose ripe firm ones that are unblemished.

Use unripened yellow bananas with green skins for the red bananas. Cut each banana crosswise in half, then lengthwise in half.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
585
(
Calories from Fat
220 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24 g
24 %
(Saturated Fat
15 g,
15 %
),
Cholesterol
80 mg
80 %;
Sodium
120 mg
120 %;
Total Carbohydrate
82 g
82 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
6 g
6 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.