Friday, 30 January 2015

Kelyache Shikran (Maharashtrian Simple and Quick Banana Dessert)

Shikran is simply delicious! Easy and quick dessert to please anybody! 

Whenever I make this "Shikran", even when I remember a song of my childhood.
झुकझुक झुकझुक अगीनगाडी, धुरांच्या रेषा हवेत काढी
पळती झाडे पाहू या,मामाच्या गावाला जाऊ या
केळीच्या बागा मामाच्या, पिवळ्या घडांनी वाकायच्या
मामाची बायको सुगरण, रोज रोज केळी शिकरण
Means..... Poet says that my maternal uncle lives in the village and he has big farm of banana. His wife is expert in cooking and she make "shikran" everyday for us. So let's go to uncle's place by train. Actually you do not need to be expert in cooking (सुगरण), anybody can easily make it. :)

Ingredients :
Banana- 1
Milk- ¼ cup
Sugar- 2 tsp or to taste

Method :
Peel the banana. In a bowl, put banana and sugar. Roughly mash the banana with sugar. Add milk and mix very well. Serve as a dessert or with chapati/roti or poori.

This is basic recipe. But you can add a pinch of cardamom powder, some chopped nuts. You also can add saffron or/with Vanilla Bean. But personally I like basic plain 'Shikaran' because banana has its own flavour and it goes nice for Shikaran. Cardamom or other ingredients overlap this flavour.

Second Method:
In Konkan (Western coastal belt of Maharashtra), coconut milk is used instead of milk and jaggery is used instead of sugar.
In a bowl, combine the coconut milk, cardamom and jaggery. Dissolve completely jaggery in coconut milk. Add mashed banana in it. Shikran is ready.
Serve with chapati/roti or poori or ghavana.

1 comment:

Mayuri Patel said...

brought back memories. That's what my mum would give us for our vrat. Loved it cold milk. Haven't had this in a long time.

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