Enjoy this guilt free dessert made in the air fryer-Crispy golden dessert wontons stuffed with Kelyacha Halwa!
Air Fryer Banana Halwa Wontons is Kelyacha Halwa (as it is called in Marathi), going fancy shmancy and healthy!
Kelyacha Halwa is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet made with ripe bananas, ghee, sugar, grated coconut and cardamom.
Bananas are plentiful in tropical India and I still can hear the banana hawker coming through our neighborhood every evening shouting “keli, keli, keli” ….and then some line added to that to entice the buyers. As kids,we would try to figure out what he said after “keli, keli keli (which means bananas in Marathi) but much as we tried we all came up with different interpretations every single day! So, it still remains a mystery to me.
Some foods and their aromas evoke childhood memories, don’t they? I have always loved fruit so Pappa, my dad, would get huge boxes of whichever fruit was is season. Banana was the only fruit I was not fond of eating but liked the flavor. Hard to believe now, but I was a skinny child and a picky eater. So Aai, my mom would make this kelyacha halwa which I loved. I can still smell the aroma of the ambrosial halwa filling the home!
My children are quick to point out how pampered I was, and I agree . But I remind them that all my Aai’s efforts to fatten me up paid off when I was carrying them…I am still trying to lose that baby weight and the mommy tummy 🙂
Air Fryer Banana Halwa Wontons make an elegant dessert with the golden, crisp wontons (check the recipe) wrapped around the ambrosial halwa centers. I brushed them with honey and sprinkled them with ground pistachios. Air fryer helps make this dessert so healthy!
In full disclosure, this is a sponsored post, but my opinions are my own.
I liked Tatung’s Multi Fryer because it is roomy, easy to use and easy to clean. It comes with a paddle for baking that can be easily removed if not needed. One can set the timer and walk off as it shuts off by itself,which is a blessing for today’s busy lifestyle.
I have been experimenting with several savory and sweet recipes with Tatung’s Multi -Fryer and have been happy with the results overall. For this dessert recipe, I ‘fried’ 4 big sized wontons in just 2 teaspoons of ghee, which made this otherwise deep-fried dessert, so guilt free!
Here is how easy it is-
Air Fryer Banana Halwa Wontons
For the filling-
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
- 2 tablespoons grated coconut. I used frozen, defrosted coconut. I used Vadilal frozen coconut
- ¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder
- 4 sheets of spring roll pastry.
- 2 teaspoons ghee
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Ground pistachio topping (optional)
- Edible rose petals and cream/ ice cream to serve(optional)
To make the Air Fryer Banana Halwa Wontons-
- Heat the teaspoon of ghee in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the sliced bananas and stir them for 2 minutes or so.
- Add the brown sugar or honey and the grated coconut and let the mixture warm through, about 2 minutes more.
- Stir in the cardamom powder and remove from heat. Set aside and let it cool.
- Divide mixture in 4. Place in center of the spring roll pastry sheet, fold it into 4ths to look like wontons, seal close to the filling, using very little water, if necessary.
- Brush both sides of the wrappers with 2 teaspoons of the melted ghee. Place them in the air fryer for 10 minutes. Carefully turn them around, taking care, as the air fryer will be hot.
- Set the timer for another 10 minutes. The wontons will be golden and crispy at the edges.
- Let it coll. Remove from the air fryer and brush with the honey.
- Sprinkle powdered pistachio and rose petals if using and serve with cream or ice cream if desired.
Hope you enjoy this dessert that is luscious in the middle , crispy golden flaky at the edges. Do try it this weekend!