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Pazham Nurukku (Traditional Onam Breakfast)

>> September 05, 2011

I stumbled upon the name 'Pazham Nurukku' while I was preparing an Onam related article for the publication I was working for. It would have been the year 2005 or 2006 and an immediate search for recipe did not yield any result. Every year then on I would remember about the Pazham Nurukku during Onam season. Finally, one day there was a recipe in the The Hindu - Metro with a title, 'Pazham Nurukku in Chocolate cups'. Well I knew the chocolate cup part is slightly weird for a traditional Onam breakfast. Recently i made another search in the web and got to read various Pazham Nurukku recipes  and here we go i tried it and i knew why people gave so many nostalgic account of eating the Pazham Nurukku on an Onam day morning with lots of papad. 

I have prepared a very simple and easy to prepare recipe and have avoided the use of coconut milk and cardamom powder which i read but which i thought could be ignored. This tasted really good. Try it!!

the recipe

Banana / ethapazham  - 4
Jaggery, grated - 4 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp

the method

Cut the banana into 1 inch pieces with the skin on. Steam it till it is half done. Peel the skin.

In a sauce pan, add the jaggery and melt it. Strain it to get rid off any dust particles. Place the jaggery syrup in a heavy bottom pan. Place the pan in medium heat and add the banana pieces.Cover the banana pieces with the jaggery syrup till the fruit is fully coated. Turn to medium heat. The jaggery will start sizzling at this point and thicken. Gently tilt the sauce pan so that the banana is well coated and there is no more melted jaggery. Pour the ghee on top of the banana and shake well and then gently give a stir so that all the pieces are coated with the ghee. Serve warm with papad or serve as it is.


Ramya September 5, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

thanks for visitng my blog and for your comment. first time in ur blog...pazham nurukku is my daughters fave..

Hamaree Rasoi September 5, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

Nurukku looks very tasty and inviting. Easy to prepare too.

Hamaree Rasoi

Ms.Chitchat September 5, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

Wow, awesome. My mom used to do a dish Nendrampazham vazhatiyadhu with pazham, sugar and ghee. Your click reminded me of that, thanks for sharing.

Pushpa September 5, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

Happy Onam!!Looks delicious!!

Kaveri September 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

We make it in just the same way...I love it

Premalatha Aravindhan September 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

wow love this recipe,simply superb...yummy.

Aruna Manikandan September 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

Happy Onam.
nurukku looks delicious :)

Prathima Rao September 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM  

Nice & simple recipe!!!
Prathima Rao
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aipi September 9, 2011 at 4:21 AM  

What a delightful n easy recipe ~ looks so scrummy!

neethu September 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

i love this to have always. its so yummy irressitable!!.. i have the same in my blog but different way :)
happy to follow u :).. do drop in when ypou get time into my small world of cooking :) happy to have you there.

Shri September 30, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

This recipe is slightly different from how we make it; this is always a favourite!

Oceana December 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

Nice recipe ! reminds me of onam!!
Do drop in my site also whe u get time http://aromatickitchen.blogspot.com/

Hemavathi Murari March 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM  


Belated Women's Day. I had taken your version of Pazham nurukku and instead of jaggery used sugar and made it in my style.

Pazham Nurukku - Microwave Style


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