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Banana Biscuits (Mangalore Buns)

These habit-forming sweet banana biscuits are easy to like. I surely can say that judging from the speed at which they get gobbled up every time I make them.

The recipe is based on traditional Mangalore buns. 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.

Banana Biscuit Dough Rolled and Cut to Squares

(for 20 to 25 small biscuits)

1 cup maida (or all-purpose flour)
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon melted ghee
¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
Peanut oil to deep-fry

Blend or mash banana and sugar to smooth consistency. Add to flour.
Stir in cardamom and ghee. Mix to prepare tight dough. Rest for an hour.
Divide the dough to lemon sized rounds and roll out each round to a thin circle.
Cut to squares like shown in the image and deep-fry to gold.

Regular chapati style pressing yields soft and chewy biscuits. For crispy and crunchy biscuits, press out the dough to thin.

If you’d like to take it up a notch, dip the fried biscuits in sugar syrup like we do in jilebi or roll them in sugar like beignets.

Banana Biscuits ~ for JFI:Bananas, Hosted by Mandira of Ahaar

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in All-Purpose Flour(Maida),Bananas,Indian Sweets 101,Jihva For Ingredients (Monday October 1, 2007 at 7:52 pm- permalink)
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  1. Looks very appetising Indira. I love the fact that the recipe calls for just a tablespoon of ghee and two of sugar. Very light and delicious!

    Comment by Chandrika — October 1, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

  2. Very different biscuit recipe. I will surely give it a try Indira. Those lil biscuits look very cute! Cheers/Nina

    Comment by Nina — October 1, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

  3. wow they look very tempting. and this is something unusual to make with banana.great recipe Indira

    Comment by Madhuli — October 1, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  4. Yum!! The golden hue on them makes me want to pick one right up!! I am sure they taste delicious! Will give it a try.


    Comment by Sudha — October 1, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

  5. Looks a kids favorite! so a must try for me! thanks Indira!

    Comment by Nirmala — October 1, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  6. Hello Indira garu,

    Wow, with 2 spoons of sugar and little ghee, which is good for diet people also.

    I am craving for sweets but because of weight problem, i have to avoid sweets. But this one i will prepare today itself.

    Thanks and regards,


    Comment by Vijaya — October 1, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

  7. The biscuits look so nice and puffed up. Yummy!

    Comment by musical — October 1, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

  8. This is like shakaar-pole with bananas.They have gorgeous gold colour and beautifully puffed up. Very nice entry.

    Comment by Madhu — October 2, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  9. Mmmm … this looks delicious! I’m going to have to try a baked version of this 🙂

    Comment by Kaykat — October 2, 2007 @ 12:33 am

  10. yummers…all i gotta say!

    Comment by Rajitha — October 2, 2007 @ 3:00 am

  11. I have never made it with banana, just the plain ones. These look great

    Comment by Happy Cook — October 2, 2007 @ 4:24 am

  12. Yummm….this reminds me of maida biscuits (sweet and savoury) made at home back in India

    Comment by Keerthi — October 2, 2007 @ 5:21 am

  13. Yumm! My mom used to make these for us quite often when I was growing up. Awesome, as usual Indira!

    Comment by Roopa (KitchenAromas) — October 2, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  14. this looks delicious indira, i’ve added it to my weekend things to try!

    Comment by mandira — October 2, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  15. These look v good. like Golden colored puffed pillows.

    Comment by Pooja — October 2, 2007 @ 10:46 am

  16. hi Indira garu,

    yesterday i tried Banana Buiscuits, taste is good but they turned out soft, instead of crispy.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks & Regds,

    Comment by Vijaya — October 3, 2007 @ 12:59 am

  17. Thank you all for your delicious notes. Hope you get a chance to try.

    Kay-kat: I tried the baked version before, they were super. Little bit of baking soda/powder and two/three hour rest to proof the dough usually yields soft yet crispy biscuits.

    Mandira: Thanks very much for hosting this month’s Jihva. I had fun preparing these treats for the event.

    Vijaya garu: Thick squares usually yield chewy and soft biscuits. For crispy texture, we have to roll the dough to thin.
    But leave the soft fried biscuits openly, without cover for few hours, they’ll turn to crisp.

    Comment by Indira — October 3, 2007 @ 10:23 am

  18. Indira, these look so good I could lift one right from the screen! 🙂

    They are all yours my friend. 🙂
    – Indira

    Comment by Linda — October 4, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

  19. looks so appetizinggg!!!!1

    Comment by Kalva — October 11, 2007 @ 7:46 am

  20. You have not added any water how did it hold together.

    Comment by Shwetha — October 31, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

  21. Hi,

    I want to try this recipe for my 2 year old daughter but she is allergic to milk & peanuts. So just wondering if I can replace butter with vegetable shortening and the peanut oil with canola oil. Please let me know.


    Hi Asha,
    I never tried like you mentioned, and my guess is they would make wonderful tasting biscuits.
    Good luck!
    – Indira

    Comment by Asha — November 14, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  22. Hi Indira

    They look yummy! Its a simple recepie. Gonna try this weekend. How long can they be stored? Can u please let me know? Thanks yaar.

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