Kervai (Banana Pattice)

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Kervai OR Keraisia Pattice (Banana Pattice Stuffed With Dry Fruits), a very old and forgotten Parsi delicacy.

From an old cookbook “A Gourmet’s Handbook of Parsi Cuisine” by Bapsy Nariman.

by Jasmine Mistry

by Jasmine Mistry


3 large ripe frying bananas

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

3 tsp sugar

12 tsp of sliced almonds, pistachios, cashews, and green dried raisins

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tblsp of rice flour

1 cup pure ghee for frying


1. Wash and boil the bananas with the skin.

2. Remove the skin and seeds of the bananas and mash them. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder and 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder, and mix well. If you have a sweet tooth, add some sugar to this mix, I left out the sugar.

3. Make 12 balls of mashed bananas.

4. Sautée the mixed nuts and raisins in 1 tsp of ghee, then add 2 tspn of sugar and a little water. Once the sugar syrup turns thick, let it cool. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to this mix.

5. Flatten each ball in your palm, add a tsp of the nut mix in the center, and try to seal the ball. See pics.

6. Roll the balls in rice flour and deep fry them. Some recipes suggest flattening the patty before frying, which is what I did. Also, I shallow fried on medium low.

Makes 12 servings.

Serve hot.

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Books available on Amazon Manna of the 21st Century: Parsi Cuisine Paperback Hardcover Indian Parsi Kitchen Celebrations: Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Dhansak: Parsi Cuisine



Mar 3, 2021, 9:34 am

My family recipe, we use stuffing of freshly grated coconut, sugar & fried dryfruits.
Also prefer using bananas that are over ripe.

Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Mar 3, 2021, 9:44 am

Thanks for the tip of using Over ripe Banana. I make banana bread usually and cakes, now something new and Olde revived! Coconut – yummy. How about Charoli?

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