Banana - Balehannina rasayna recipe

Karnataka traditional festival recipe

Balahannina rasayana or banana rasayana is a traditional festival recipe from the South Indian state, Karnataka.

It is made as a offering to the gods and as 'Prasad' to distribute to the devotees.

Banana rasayna is also served as a vrat/upvas / fasting food. It is a 'no cooking' recipe.

Ingredients needed for rasayana are few and it can be made in a couple of minutes when the  ingredients are ready. Or you may make it a couple of hours in advance and store in the fridge till you are ready to serve.

How to make banana / balehannina rasayana

Ingredients for banana / balehannina rasayana for 2-3 servings

  • Ripe bananas - 2-3
  • Jaggery (powdered) or sugar - 1 to 2 tbsp according to taste
  • Fresh coconut,  grated - 2 tbsp or more
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

Making balehannina rasayana

Chop bananas in small pieces, as shown below in the image or in round slices.

Take all the ingredients in the bowl. Chopped bananas, grated fresh coconut, powdered jaggery and cardamom powder.

Mix everything well and keep aside for 5 minutes and then serve.

Or keep in the fridge and then serve if you like it cold.


You may add sugar instead of jaggery. I usually add jaggery as I like the taste.

Instead of or along with fresh grated coconut you may extract coconut milk and add that to rasayana.

Make it as a quick dessert or a snack.

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