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January 29, 2009


Ever since I saw these at Mahanandi, I was tempted to make them, and now I am glad that I have, they tasted exactly as described and turned out beautifully, like soft pillows, fluffing up like a dream one after the other and yes!, they are extremely addictive!

After reading up more about Mangalore buns on the net, I discovered that they are various different recipes for them with additions like curd etc., that they originate from the actual place Mangalore in South India, and that people are really crazy for them!

Indira is so right in describing them-"Honeyed fragrance and creamy sweetness of banana could be felt and tasted, but it would not over-power the taste buds. A good and fun snack."

mangalore buns I made a few minor changes to the original recipe like using vanaspati for frying instead of peanut oil and keeping the amount of cardamom powder the same, rest of the ingredients have been halved, still this recipe yielded about 15-20 small bites, they reminded me of Parle cheeselings where looks are concerned only bigger!!


  • All purpose flour(maida)_1/2 cup
  • Ripe banana-1/2 (I ate the other half:)
  • Powdered sugar-1 tbsp
  • Ghee-1/2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Vanaspati/oil for frying


Mash the banana well add the sugar and rest of the ingredients except for vanaspati/oil for frying and knead into a tight dough.let it rest for an hour, then form into balls like chapatis and roll out exactly like a thin chapati, with a sharp knife cut into small squares,heat the oil/vanaspati in a kadhai and lower these one by one into the not so hot fat, be careful as they tend to burn easily.I found them similar to frying mathis i.e on a medium flame and little prolonged cooking, so that the fluff up and also to maintain the crispiness.Remove on paper towels and store in a airtight box.

banana biscuits


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Asha January 29, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

Mexican Sopapillas look like those pillows too, yummy.
In Mangalore, they are usually round shaped and fried. But tastes the same ,always delicious! Most M'lorean blogs have these buns too for variations like at Sia's! :)

Superchef January 30, 2009 at 1:44 AM  

a colleague of mine used to bring this to work...it was a big hit!! looks nice and puffed up!

Cynthia January 30, 2009 at 7:11 AM  

Perfectly puffed and delicious looking.

Raaga January 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

I like these every once in a while :-)

Priya January 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

This is new to me, looks crispy n those puffy biscuits goes awesome for snacks with hot coffee..hmm just drooling over them..

Chitra January 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

It looks perfect.we do make this:)My hub's fav:)Do visit my blog sometime:)

SMN January 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

the shape is diffrent from what v have in m'lore..

Divya Kudua January 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

Mangalore buns are an absolute favorite and I always tucked aside a banana so that I can make these..but deep frying had taken its toll and I make these only once in a while..yours look pretty and puffed up!!

Btw..I've made your jam-centred muffins and absolutely loved it.Though I followed my own muffin recipe,thanks to you I could make it look pretty and tasty!!Shall post it soon!!

Sunshinemom January 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

These must taste like diamond cuts with a lovely banana flavor!! Good one - I realize I am not browsing Mahanandi enough!

Soma January 31, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

Wow never had these before. Looks like tiny pillows!

Anjum January 31, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

Hi bindiya...thanks for visiting my blog ya...hey i love ur pics...they r awesome...n u have nice varied recipes..i will soon try ur mutton n chicken recipes...i hav many kabab recipes in my kitty..as u guessed...inshallh will post one by one soon

jia abhram September 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM  

The recipe is great , its a instant food mixes . Very simple and easy to make

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