Festival Recipes

Rasayana | ರಸಾಯನ | Rama navami recipe

What is Rasayana?

Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during Pujas

Rasayana (ರಸಾಯನ)is a quick to make, and yummy dish for Ram navami. This is served along with Panakam (Lemonade) and Kosambari (cucumber-lentil salad). This dish also finds its way to Festive Spreads as seen in the Ugadi Spread of Obbattu

As part of the South Indian meal, a fruit (mostly plantains) is part of the Traditional sit down meal. Fruits are basic in nature, and help in lining the stomach against the carbs, fats, and oils that are part of the
traditional meal. I make this often, and not just for festivals – it’s quick to make, oil free, zero cook dish and healthy and filling for kids as a evening after-school snack. Although sugar can be added, the calcium from the jaggery is preferred with the freshly grated coconut to make a yummy snack.

Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during PujasPin
Bele Obbattu or Obbattu is a stuffed sweetbread made with lentils, coconut and Jaggery. It is a delicacy made for the Hindu new year festival called UgadiPin
Rasayana part of the traditional Sit down meal

Memories associated with this Rasayana…..

When I first posted in 2013 : A simple sweet dish to celebrate as my lil one (2nd daughter) celebrates her 1st birthday later this week, and a thanksgiving to God for bestowing upon me that (second) little bundle of joy – she completes my family with her giggles and slightly toothy grin and mischief 🙂 And this was for naivedyam (offering to God) that I made today, and was very glad she could eat this too – albeit a very little quantity. As this post gets published, I would be super busy preparing for her bday bash planned by the elder sister.. And the hubs and me are amused thinking which of the girls would actually end up cutting the bday cake later this evening :-)) 

What are the major ingredients for Rasayana?

Plantains / Ripe Banana – Just ripe plaintains pref not elaichi – but the yellow / spotted ones work well, for this dish. Ensure this is served immediately for it turns black very fast. A variation of this dish would be to add milk, honey and curds and make Panchamritam ( an exotic offering), also an offering to God, especially Ganpati. 

Coconut– fresh Coconut increases the taste here, although frozen would work too

Cardamom powder – Do add this to enhance the flavour

Jaggery – Organic jaggery. (shredded) or jaggery powder also works, although we prefer the former. If you don’t have access to jaggery, you may use Cane Sugar (Nattu Sakkarai)

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Other variants of Rasayana you can try:

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Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during PujasPin

How to make Rasayana

Prep time : 10 mins , Zero cook , Serves : 2

Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during Pujas

Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during PujasPin

Ingredients to make Rasayana

  • 3 Banana (fully ripe, but not mushy)
  • 3 TBSP Coconut (fresh or frozen, grated)
  • 3 TBSP Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder

Method to make Rasayana:

  1. Peel and cut banana into thickish roundels.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients
  3. Toss once lightly and serve immediately.
Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during PujasPin

Rasayana | ರಸಾಯನ | Rama navami recipe

Kalyani
Rasayana is a a Quick Banana Relish with Jaggery and coconut. Often offered as an offering / Naivedyam during Pujas
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Festival Recipes, Naivedyam, Prasadam
Cuisine Karnataka Cuisine, South Indian
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Bananas fully ripe, but not mushy
  • 3 TBSP Grated coconut fresh or frozen, grated
  • 3 TBSP Grated Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut banana into thickish roundels.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients
  • Toss once lightly and serve immediately.
Keyword Balehannu Rasayana, Banana Stem, Festival Recipes, Karnataka cuisine, Naivedyam, Prasadam, Ram Navami Rasayana, Rama Navami, Rasayana, Satvik
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17 Comments

  1. This is a quick prasadam..very nice..

  2. The Pumpkin Farm

    very heartening, i love such fresh prasads

  3. very very quick and yummy parasadam 🙂

  4. so authentic and so delicious!! simple and easy too!

    Sowmya

  5. cookingwithsapana

    That must be delicious and easy to prepare !

  6. Give me that bowl, such a droolworthy rasayana..

  7. Sandhya Karandikar

    Must try this. I make with sugar but never tried with Jagerry. Quickest salad ever.

  8. vaishali sabnani

    Simple and divine.
    A very happy birthday to I'll angel…These little bundle of joys make our life so happy and colorful..lots of love and hugs to both my cuties..

  9. A happy birthday to your little girl 🙂

    This is something we also make, with aval as well…

  10. Nice and simple dish.And our b'day wishes to the lil one 🙂

  11. Chef Mireille

    right up my alley with my plantain obsession. This is a keeper for sure and Happy birthday to your little one!

  12. awesome preparation..very suitable for prasadam.

  13. Very authentic and quick prasadam Kalyani!

  14. I never heard about this,,.. very unique and new for me.. thanks for sharing

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    Didn't know about this. Will make a great prasadham for offering..

  16. Belated b'day wishes to your little princess. She must be keeping you busy 🙂
    This is a yummy looking dish.

  17. Belated wishes to the lil one. Its great to hear that the older one is planning the b'day bash. Lovely rasayana.

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