Saturday, August 23, 2008

Simple Sharjah Shake

In Kerala we get something known as Sharjah Shake.I do not know whether you get that in other states or even in "Sharjah".I do not know anything about how it got its name but it is very tasty.Its nothing but the shake made with green ripe bananas(Butter Plantains) abundant in Kerala (similar to yellow bananas in US).The recipe was a secret at first but it seems now almost anyone know it.Anyway I too was in dark but let me present my version with pride.

Yellow ripe bananas/Green Bananas/Butter Plantains: 1
Milk: 1 cup (Chilled/Frozen)
Cardamom powdered: 1 pinch
Cinnamon powdered: 1 pinch
Sugar: 1 to 2 tspn
Chocolate syrup: 1/2 tspn


Peel and chop bananas. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree.Serve in tall glasses.
Now the shake is best when the milk is frozen or atleast chilled.The cardamom is better powdered else they would remain as specks at the bottom of the glass.If you do not mind that then use crushed cardamom,which I did.Similar with cinnamon,but I used powdered.

The chocolate syrup if used more will give a brown colour to the shake.Adjust as per your desire.

The syrup can be homemade or store brought.I made at home mixing unsweetened cocoa with sugar and boiling till thickened.Adjust the sugar with the amount of chocolate syrup.

Now if you don't have syrup or too lazy to make your own,then replace it with 1/2 tspn of chocolate horlicks/bournvita/viva/drinking chocolate/cocoa mix or any other chocolate/cocoa mixes available at home.But using unsweetened cocoa may sometimes give a little sourness to the shake.

Now this is my version of the shake. I have seen/heard versions with anjeers,dates and other dry fruits added to it while blending.These make it more thick and healthy.

But yes,Mine is healthy too.And tasty.Because my daughter who drinks nothing but strawberry milk and hates bananas had one whole glass.....HURRAY.

So this simple shake makes its way to Srilekha's Icecream&Milkshakes event where she is celebrating her 200th post.CONGRATS!! Srilekha


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