How to Make Kerala Banana Mash for Baby?


This is one of the nutritious and wholesome foods you can give to your baby. Kerala banana also knownย  as โ€˜Nendranโ€™ is useful for your babyโ€™s weight gain, constipation problems, anemia etc. Pregnant women can consume bananas to cure morning sickness. If steamed, Kerala bananas are extremely nutritious! Kerala Bananas provide aroung 120 Kcal to you and your baby !! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets get to the recipe, Its simple, yummy and provides high energy to your little one!

kerala banana mash recipe for babies

Things Required :

  1. Kerala Banana โ€“ 1/2ย of a piece
  2. Jaggery โ€“ 1/2 tsp
  3. Ghee -1/2 tsp
  4. Water โ€“ half a cup

Method of preparation :

  • Pressure cook banana with jaggery for abt 2-3 whistles
  • Take out the steamed bananas and let it cool. Remove the black seedsย which appear as lining inside
  • Mash with a fork or blend it to a puree
  • Heat ghee in a kadai and add the mash/puree and mix well for about 1-2 minutes

kerala banana mash for babies

Give to your baby with a little warmth. You can add the water in which it was cooked, to the mash/ puree to get the required consistency.


About Author

Sangeetha loves balancing her personal and professional life. These days, the major chunk of her time is spent on listening to 'how to beat the Piggy from robloks'; thanks to her 8 year old daughter.


  1. Hi sangeetha,
    My kid is 8 months old now.other then nendren wt r the other types of banana tht i Cn gv her? Plz guide me..

  2. Hi!!. I’m 6 months pregnant. Shall I eat Kerala banana ( Nendran pazham). What are the health benefits and disadvantages of eating this while pregnant. How much I shall eat? Is there any limitation?

    • kerala banana is best to have during pregnancy. steam it have one banana per day. there are no disadvantages to mention and only advantages. Happy delivery.

  3. Hi Sangeetha,

    This is a wonderful website

    I strted giving orange and vegetable juice to my baby 15 days before her 6 months completion, She is both breastfed ..(25%)and formula fed.How much amount of both the juices can be given each day?


  4. Hi,

    How do we choose ripe Nendran Bananas?
    Should it be dark yellow with lot of black spots or should it just be yellow.

  5. Hello Sangeetha, My daughter has just entered into her 6th month. can I introduce this banana smash to her? also, can I add coconut milk with the smash and feed her? if yes, should the coconut milk be warm or can be cold? Please advise.

  6. Hi Sangeeta,

    I gave half Kerela banana mash today to my 6.5 month old baby. While I steamed the entire banana, just wanted to know if the remaining half can be kept in fridge for use tomorrow or it has to b consumed the same day.

    • The remaining can be stored in an airtight box in the fridge for a day, make sure its steamed a bit before giving again. Better to give fresh as the remaining banana you can have for yourself.

  7. sreelakshmi k s on

    Hi mam, I am lakshmi.My daughter is 6 months old.i am thinking to introduce solids.what can i give as solid food for the first time.

  8. Hi
    My baby has completed 1 yr ,he is very active,but he don’t eat propeely ,he is just 8.4 kg I have tried n giving him everything like banana,ragi,egg,potato etc still he is not gaining weight

  9. Hi Sangitha,
    My daughter is 2 year old and suffering from loose motion since 10 days. Took her to PED and he gave some medicines bt stil her loose motion is continuing. I am quite worried. Plz suggest wat food can i give her so tht her loose motion stops soon. She used to poop once or twice before bt nw atlest 6 to 7 times a day and very little poop. Plz lemme knw hw to make promogranate juice also. Plz help me.

  10. sheela sharaf on

    Hi sangeetha
    my baby she’s 6 month old. ..I started giving solid food…she’s 6.8kg..can I giv her kelara banana. ..if so when can I feed her..morning or evening. .which would be the right time. ..
    waiting fir your reply
    sheela Sharbudeen

    • Sheela, kerala banana might cause constipation in some babies, so I would suggest you to wait till 8 months to start with that. Meanwhile continue with your vegetable purees, soups, khichdis and anything you have started with. Once she reaches 8th month, start kerala banana porridge in the morning.

  11. Varsha Gotam on

    hi sangeeta…..

    this is varsha here…..first of all Congratulation for his wonderful site, its really helpful for me…..thx a lot
    my baby is 6 months old..Instead of kerala banana can i give my baby regular banana ….???

  12. jatinder kour on

    Hello sangeeta. My baby is 9 months but she is not ganing weight plz suggest me some foods or tips for ganing my baby weight…. plzzz I m so much worried about dat…..

  13. hi sangita,u r doing great job first of all i have to congratulate u.
    My son is 3 years old,he is very lean,problem is he cant digest banana easily sometimes he vomits,or get fever like that.
    So this type of banana mash is ok for him?

    only kerala banana is to be used or other variety plz help me

    • Ramya,

      Usually kerala banana doesn’t make you cold or feverish. When steamed, it wont give you gas either. It can help in the weight gain if taken daily with ghee. Can you pls start and see how he is taking it. You can do a thing.

      Peel and Cut bananas into thin slices. Heat ghee in a pan and add the slices. Once sauteed for 2- 3 minutes, add brown or unrefined sugar or jaggery to it. Once melted give it to him as snack. I hope he likes it ๐Ÿ™‚ Try and let me know ..

  14. Hi sangeetha,

    My son is 6 months and 9 days old. Please advice me if the kerala banana mash can be given to him now or should i wait for sometime.
    Love to read your posts…they are very informative and helpful for first time mothers ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hi sangi ..I want to known whether I can start dietg and exercise to loose my pregnancy weight ..will that affect my babys weight ..because am still feeding her
    And please help me in loosing my weight …any good tips

  16. Hi sangi
    ur blog is really nice and usefull for every mother.
    i have a doubt on above recipe…while steaming te banana u want me to add te jaggery with it .?can i add it while grining te banana ?

    • Prasanna,

      Though doctors ask us to give fruits irrespective of season, I feel a bit hesitant to give golden bananas when my baby contracts cold, though I give kerala bananas alot during that time.

  17. Hi Sangeetha,
    thanks a lot for the blog, its very useful for me.
    I have one doubt on the above receipe.. do we need to use Raw banan or ripe one. pls clarify.
    Thanks in Advance

  18. Thanks Sangeetha for ur reply. I am worried if cannot add this Kerala banana to her diet nor raw banana porridge for her . I have heard these are good for babies weight gain. Pls advice how can I add these bananas to her diet .

    • Hi Preethi,

      You dont have to omit bananas completely from his diet .. Just take a break until he is relieved of constipation and then start. Make sure he is well hydrated and fed fruits like papaya on an everyday basis (2 pieces )and raisin soaked water or prunes juice.

  19. Hi Sangeetha ,

    My baby is constipated . Can I give her this banana mash to relieve constipation. She is 6.5 months old now

  20. Bhagya Rajagopal on

    Is it necessary to cook the banana before mashing. I usually give without cooking.

    and also let me know if its necessary to remove the black lining inside.

    • Hi Bhagya ,

      Yes its necessary to steam the kerala banana before giving it to babies as its difficult to digest for babies and might cause gas. Yes the black seeds inside has to be removed for babies less than 1 year old as it would be difficult for baby’s tummy . How old is your baby ?

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  22. Hi,

    Just went throught this page..Really awesome.

    My baby is completed 6 months yesterday(26-Dec-2013). Can i give him this banana puree, or when can i start this banana puree.

    • You can use panamkalkandam too Reshma.. allergy ndengilum undonnu nokkanam oru pravashyam koduthu kazhinjaal … ๐Ÿ™‚

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