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Mangalore buns recipe With step by step photos. Mildly sweet fried bread made with mashed banana, flour and sugar.

mangalore buns

These sweet banana pooris or Mangalore banana buns as they are known is a recipe from Mangalore in Karnataka.

I remember having these sweet banana buns when my aunt used to get them from Mangalore along with the other manglorean goodies. At that time I did not know how they were made. My aunt originally belonged from manglore and whenever she used to make a visit to Mangalore, she would get manglorean sweets and delicacies back to Mumbai. the Mangalore buns recipe is easy and simple to make.

Suggestions for making Mangalore buns

  1. The dough has to be kept for about 3 to 4 hours at room temperature. I generally prepare the dough in the night and then keep in the fridge.
  2. Usually, these buns are made with all-purpose flour. I make these Mangalore buns both with whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour or half-half of both.
  3. The buns made with whole wheat flour taste good and have a texture similar to a poori. The buns made with all-purpose flour also taste good and have a soft fluffy texture from within.
  4. The recipe also works well with overripe bananas.
  5. The amount of sugar can be adjusted as per taste and the sweetness of the bananas.

These sweet Mangalore buns can be had as a breakfast or even as a snack. They make a delicious breakfast. Generally, we have them plain with the morning tea. But you can have them with some milk or even coconut chutney if you like.

How to make Mangalore buns

1. In a mixing bowl, take the chopped banana and sugar. The sugar helps in the mashing of the bananas very well. You can also just puree the bananas in a blender and then add sugar. The bananas have to be mashed well.

chopped banana and sugar in a bowl

2. The banana puree is ready.

ready banana puree

3. Add whole wheat flour, yogurt, salt, baking soda, ghee/oil and cumin powder. First add 1 tbsp yogurt and knead. If the dough looks dry then only add more 1 tbsp yogurt more and continue to knead.

kneading dough

4. Mix and then knead into a dough. The dough will be slightly sticky. So while kneading you can apply some ghee/oil in your hands and knead. If the dough becomes very sticky, then add some whole wheat flour and sugar accordingly. The quantity of yogurt required depends on the type and quality of the flour. I used 2 tbsp yogurt to knead the dough.

kneading dough

5. Keep the dough covered in a bowl for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature or refrigerate the dough overnight or for 7 to 8 hours.

dough kept covered in a bowl for 3 to 4 hours

6. Lightly knead the dough the next morning or after you have kept it for 3 to 4 hours.

lightly kneading the dough

Making Mangalore buns

7. take small to medium sized balls from the dough. Dust the rolling board with flour and roll into round pooris with medium thickness. Don’t make the pooris thin.

rolling round pooris

8. Shake off the excess flour from the rolled poori and slid each poori into medium hot oil and fry the banana pooris till they are puffed and golden. Take care that the banana poori does not break, otherwise it absorbs oil.

frying Mangalore buns in oil

9. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

fried Mangalore buns

10. Serve the Mangalore buns, hot or warm plain or with milk or a cup of ginger tea or filter coffee.

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Mangalore Buns

4.84 from 12 votes
Mangalore buns or banana buns are a mildly sweet fried bread made with mashed banana, flour and sugar. These sweet banana pooris are a specialty of Mangalore in Karnataka.
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins

Cuisine Indian, Mangalorean
Course: Sweets

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon sugar (i added 3 tablespoon organic cane sugar)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)
  • 2 pinch baking soda or ⅛ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon yogurt (curd)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour or all purpose flour or use half/half of both
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ghee
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

making dough

  • In a mixing bowl, take the chopped banana and sugar.
  • The sugar helps in the mashing of the bananas very well. You can also just puree the bananas in a blender and then add sugar.
  • The bananas have to be mashed well.
  • Add the flour (whole wheat flour or all purpose flour or mix of both), 1tbsp yogurt, salt, ghee, baking soda and cumin powder to the banana puree.
  • If you can knead with 1 tbsp yogurt, then fine. If the mixture looks dry, then add 1 tbsp yogurt again and knead. The quantity of yogurt required depends on the type and quality of flour. I used 2 tbsp yogurt to knead the dough.
  • Knead into a smooth dough. The dough is slightly sticky. So while kneading you can apply some oil/ghee in your hands and knead.
  • If the dough becomes very sticky, then add some whole wheat flour and sugar accordingly.
  • Keep the dough covered in a bowl for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature or refrigerate the dough overnight or for 7 to 8 hours. Lightly knead the dough the next morning or after you have kept it for 3 to 4 hours.

frying mangalore buns

  • Take small to medium sized balls from the dough and roll into round pooris.
  • Slid each poori into medium hot oil and fry the banana pooris till they are puffed and golden. Take care that the banana buns does not break in oil otherwise they soak lot of oil.
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.
  • Serve the mangalore buns, hot or warm plain or with milk or a cup of tea of coffee.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 358mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2.5mg

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  1. Hello mam…today I tried your Mangalore Buns n OMG!!! They turned our super cool…just too too good.

    1. Thank you Vaishali for this feedback. Good to know and I am glad that the Mangalore buns were great.

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