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Mangalore Banana Buns

Overripe bananas, yoghurt and flour come together to give these mildly sweet, delicious deep fried breads. The taste is truely, totally tropical.
5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian


  • food processor or blender


  • 2 medium overripe bananas about 160g peeled weight
  • 1/2 a cup thick greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp sugar This amount makes the sweetness barely discernible - add another tbsp if you want them slightly sweeter.
  • tsp salt
  • 400 g self-raising plain (or whole wheat) flour about 2½ cups
  • oil for deep-frying


  • In the food processor bowl with the metal blade inserted (or in the blender) , blitz the bananas, yoghurt, sugar and salt to a smooth puree.
  • If using the food processor, change to the plastic kneading blade and add most (about 2 cups) of the flour and pulse gently until combined into a dough. It should form a firm, slightly sticky dough. Add the remaining flour if needed and pulse again to obtain a dough as described. Whole wheat flour will absorb more liquid and yoghurt consistencies vary, so the amount of flour suggested is only a guide.
  • At this point, you can transfer the dough to a bowl, cover and leave it at room temperature overnight. I like to leave it in the food processor bowl with the feeding tube covered. This way, I can easily & conveniently adjust the consistency of the dough the next morning if I need to.
  • Next morning, the dough will feel slightly looser than when you left it. It will be sticky but if you feel it's too tricky to roll out, add flour a tbsp or two at a time.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Meanwhile, make around 1" balls (about 30 - 40g each) of the dough. You might need to grease your hands with a bit of oil to handle the dough and to roll it out. Do not use flour to roll out. Dip each ball in a tiny bit oil and you should be able to roll each one out to a small disc of about 3 - 4 inches in diameter.
  • Deep-fry at medium heat until golden and puffed up. Serve hot with a coconut chutney or anything else you fancy.
Keyword bananas, breads, deep-fried, flour, overripe, yoghurt