Moira is a small village in Mapusa, Goa which is known for its special big yellow bananas known locally as "maidechi or maidoli keli". These bananas are very similar to plantains. Many Goans enjoy these bananas as they are, however, they are best enjoyed in this sugary syrup preparation. This haalwo is eaten mostly at breakfast with chapatis.
1. Peel and cut the bananas as shown below. In a pan heat ghee.
2. Add the cloves to the ghee once hot. Then add the sliced bananas and saute for a few minutes.
3. Remove the bananas and keep aside. To the same pan add water and sugar.
4. Let the mixture come to a boil. Cook until it thickens and one thread is formed. You can check this by putting a small drop in between your thumb and index finger and opening it up gently as shown in the picture. You will see a thread form that is when it is done.
5. Add bananas at this point. Also add the cardamom powder. Mix and let it cook for a few minutes. Cool the mixture and transfer the contents into a air tight jar. This stores in the refrigerator for around 1 month. Enjoy with chapatis.