Taj Mahal Banana Halwa is probably one of the most popular sweet items from Mangalore. Taj Mahal Cafe was started in 1926 as a small hotel by Shri. Kudpi Gopal Krishna Shenoy. The sweet shop was a later addition and is about 50 years old now. They manufacture their own sweets with traditional recipes in factory nearby.
Taj Mahal Banana Halwa is prepared with pure ghee and is one of the most carried sweet items as a souvenir from Mangalore.
This halwa also featured on Twist of Taste with Vikas Khanna
The other popular variant is the Wheat Halwa.