Mangalore Buns | Banana Poori

Buns is a popular breakfast or tea snack option in Mangalore – Udupi region of Karnataka. Hence the name ‘Mangalore Buns’. They have spongy texture and has a sweet taste infused by bananas. I call them deep fried banana bread because of the texture and taste, but the way of preparation is totally different. Serve them hot with coconut chutney or vegetable saagu. They also taste great just as it is.

Though it is also called as banana poori’s, there are very different from the traditional poori’s. Except both are fried, banana buns are rolled slightly thicker, it is sweet and the texture is spongy and fluffy. Also, it is thick like a like bread slice or buns .

Traditionally, buns is prepared using all-purpose flour. For healthier option, in the recipe, I use whole wheat flour, and substituted refined sugar with light brown sugar. These buns taste the best when over ripe bananas are used and let the batter ferment overnight. 7-8 hours of fermentation is required for fluffy and textured buns.

How to make mangalore buns?

7- ingredient mangalore buns require yogurt for mixing. If the yogurt very sour, you can skip baking powder altogether, just let the batter ferment a little longer. That way, you can have a healthier version of buns.

Jeera or cumin seeds adds a delightful flavour for sweetened buns. Whole wheat flour and bananas are the base ingredient. Next, salt and sugar. Tablespoon full of sugar makes the buns pretty sweet. Add more if bananas are not very sweet.

Mash the banana, add yogurt, sugar, salt and combine well.

Next add flour part by part and kneed a soft dough. Add 1/2 measurement of flour first, and then work your way up. Depending on the wet ingredient quantity, you may need to add more flour if the dough is sticky. I used thick sour yogurt, and 2 large bananas. Add one tablespoon of flour at time and kneed the dough.

Finally, grease the dough with little oil, cover and let it sit overnight at room temperature. If you are preparing buns for snack, it would be ideal to prepare the dough first thing in the morning .

Once the dough is fermented, add tsp of flour(add more if sticky) and kneed once. Make lemon sized balls, dust a little flour and roll them slightly thicker than poori.

Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the mangalore buns till it gets a nice golden brown colour.

I hope you like mangalore buns. They’re –

  • spongy
  • fluffy
  • banana infused
  • thick
  • & incredibly delicious.

If you try the recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #harshrurecipes on Instagram. Cheers!

More Banana infused recipes are here –

Banana Pancakes

Banana Paddu

Mangalore Buns

Author : Shruthi


Prep Time :10 minutes
Rest Time :8 – 9 hours
Cook Time :10 minutes 
Total Time :8 hours 20 minutes


Cuisine :Indian
Category:breakfast, snack
Yield:12 buns

Ingredients: 1 cup =240 ml

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1- 2 tbsp sugar based on sweetness of bananas

Instructions:

  1. Mash banana using a fork, add yogurt, salt, sugar and combine well. Add cumin, baking soda
  2. Add flour part by part and knead until you get a soft pliable dough.
  3. grease the dough, cover and rest for 8 hours at room temperature.
  4. Once fermented, add tsp of flour and kneed the dough once.
  5. Make lemon sized balls, and roll them into slightly thick circles.
  6. deep fry the buns in hot oil. Fry the buns on both sides on medium flame.
  7. fry till banana poori turns dark golden brown in colour both sides.

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Hi, I am Shruthi. The food blog focuses on vegetarian recipes that are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Some of the recipes are dairy-free. The goal is to create and share recipes that anyone can make. Simple and easy.

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