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mangalore buns recipe - mildly sweet fried bread made with mashed banana, flour and sugar. these sweet banana pooris are a specialty of mangalore in karnataka.

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mangalore buns recipe with step by step photos – 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.

mangalore buns

the mangalore buns recipe is easy and simple to make. 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. usually these buns are made with maida or all purpose flour.

i make these mangalore buns both with whole wheat flour (atta) or all purpose flour (maida) or half-half of both. 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.

the recipe also works well with over ripe bananas. the amount of sugar can be adjusted as per taste and the sweetness of the bananas. if you have ripe bananas at home then apart from these sweet buns you can make many recipes with ripe bananas like:

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.

if you are looking for more similar recipes then do check sweet paniyaramsweet pongalmasala poori and banana sheera.

mangalore buns recipe below:

mangalore buns recipe, banana buns recipe
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mangalore buns recipe | banana buns recipe

mangalore buns recipe - mildly sweet fried bread made with mashed banana, flour and sugar. these sweet banana pooris are a specialty of mangalore in karnataka.

course sweets
cuisine indian, mangalorean
prep time 4 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 4 hours 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 387 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

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

how to make recipe

making dough for mangalore buns:

  1. in a mixing bowl, take the chopped banana and sugar.
  2. 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.
  3. the bananas have to be mashed well.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. knead into a smooth dough. the dough is slightly sticky. so while kneading you can apply some oil/ghee in your hands and knead.
  7. if the dough becomes very sticky, then add some whole wheat flour and sugar accordingly.
  8. 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:

  1. take small to medium sized balls from the dough and roll into round pooris.
  2. 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.

  3. remove the banana buns with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

  4. serve the mangalore buns, hot or warm plain or with milk or a cup of tea of coffee.

how to make mangalore buns recipe:

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.

making mangalore buns recipe

2. the banana puree is ready.

making mangalore buns recipe

3. add whole wheat flour/atta, 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.

making mangalore buns recipe

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 flour. i used 2 tbsp yogurt to knead the dough.

making mangalore buns recipe

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.

making mangalore buns recipe

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

making mangalore buns recipe

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.

making mangalore buns recipe

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.

making mangalore buns recipe

9. remove the mangalore buns or pooris with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

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10. serve the mangalore buns, hot or warm plain or with milk or a cup of tea or coffee.

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Here is similar recipe taught to ne by my SIL
    1 cup curd
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup maida or as required to knead
    pinch of salt
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    Crushed jeera
    Fresh coconut pieces 1 spoon
    First disolve th sugar in the curds and then add maida. Knead it lightly into a dough. Let it rest for min 4-5 hours.
    U hv to roll into just 1.5 or 2 inch dia and thickness of 1cm. Can make a hole with finger in the centre.
    Fry these in oil. They bloom like buns.
    Cn try wth bananas

    • thanks a lot swati for sharing your SIL’s recipe. i will give a try. thanks again and have noted down the recipe.

  2. Nice. Superb. Tomorrow I will prepare this recipe. Advanced Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi

    • Thanks Amit. Wishing Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you also.

  3. Can you use baking powder instead of b. Soda?

    • Zainab, yes you can use.