Banana in a milkshake is not a very appealing idea apparently,so for a long time we actually didn't know what went into the making of a sharjah.Our high flying friends broke the suspense and said it is just bananas and nuts in frozen milk.It didn't sound like we'd enjoy drinking something which had banana,but nothing could keep us away from the delightful,delicious and chilled glass of sharjah shake:)
Once the order is placed(and ours was always 2 glasses,for me and my friend Mary),the guys took out a packet of frozen milk and bashed it using a mallet.Off it went into the blender along with a small banana and a disturbingly high amount of sugar and two or three cashewnuts.Thick slurpy juice was poured into a tall glass and topped with boost.It was almost a meal for us most days which made us go into a brain-freeze for a moment and our lips numb for a while.
Making the milkshake at home is no big deal,but the trick to achieving the perfect consistency depends on the milk.If making for 3-4 people,it is better to freeze a 500 ml packet of milk,but since I was making a single-serving glass for myself,I froze a glass and a half of milk and used that.
Sharjah Shake - Banana Milkshake
Small Banana - 1
Cashewnuts - 5-6
Sugar - 3-4 tsp
Milk - 1 1/2 cups,frozen
Boost - 1 tsp(any chocolate flavored malt powder would do)
Into a blender add the banana,cashewnut,sugar and the frozen milk and pulse till you get a thick milkshake.
Pour into a tall glass and dust boost on top.
- You can add dates,raisins etc to the milkshake to make it more rich-only it wouldn't be sharjah shake anymore,it will be named Sheikh's shake!
- Use frozen milk for the icy texture-the milkshake should not be pour-able but scoop-able.