Mangalorean Buns – Fried Banana Bread

19 Jun

If you love Banana bread then you have to give Mangalore Banana Buns (Bhubhus Roti / Puri) a try. This sweet chewy deep-fried banana bread made with baking soda and cumin seeds is a bomb. The texture is very similar to a whole wheat pita bread and is also very similar to American Indian Fry Bread. Last week I stumbled upon this recipe while browsing online and was very excited to give it a try. I also found out for the first time thatΒ  it was a Mangalorean (Mangalore) and not a Goan sweet. Goan’s have something similar which is a ball-shaped called filoz.

mangalorean-mangalore-buns-pao-puri-goan-banana-fried-breadMangalore and Goa share some similar cuisines. This sweet bun (pao/puri/bread) was a common sight at most Goan Tea Stalls. It reminded me of the good old days when we were kids. When I went on my first visit back to Goa from the US, it was on my “Must Eat” list. Now a days it is hard to find in Goa with local tea stalls being replaced by the fancy pastry places.

To keep the dough chewy and soft I found that combining white with whole wheat flour is the best. The moisture in the banana and yogurt is enough to make the bread dough. Plus letting the dough to rest overnight in the refrigerator will give the best results. As I was making the buns for the first time I was worried if I would get the caramelized color on the bread and I was happy it did come out just the way I remember.

mangalorean-mangalore-banana-buns-pao-puri-pav-goan-bhubhus-roti-recipe-indianServing Size: 9-10 Pao/Puri about 3 inches rounds


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

1 over ripe banana

1/2 tsp of whole cumin

1/2 tsp of baking soda

3 tbsp of sugar

3 tbsp of plain yogurt

salt to taste


Mash or either puree the ripe banana. Put it in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt, cumin, sugar, yogurt and baking soda and mix it well.

Next add the flour in slowly till a slight wet dough is formed similar to a bread or chapati dough texture.

Let it rest overnight. It will have a brown hue. Divide the dough into equal portions.

Heat oil in a deep pan for deep-frying.

Shape into small disk, dust with flour so it does not stick and roll it about 1/8″ thick and 3-4″ round.

Slip each disk carefully into the hot oil and gently caress the top of the bread to let it puff up. Flip and fry till brown.

Drain it on a paper towel.

mangalorean-mangalore-buns-pao-puri-goan-recipe-dishes-kannadaEnjoy fresh with a good cup of hot tea or coffee. If you have ever made something similar please share your thoughts in the comments section. And for all you fathers out there in the blogosphere wishing you all a Very Happy Fathers Day!


85 Responses to “Mangalorean Buns – Fried Banana Bread”

  1. Rob Taylor June 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Sounds good….I’m vegan though, so I’ll have to try a variation πŸ˜‰

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Thank You! Maybe you could replace the milk yogurt with soy yogurt I think πŸ™‚

  2. coffeeandwoodsmoke June 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    This looks delicious! I might see if I can come up with a gluten-free variation …

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Thank You so much. That will be awesome. Please keep me posted πŸ™‚

  3. Erin Unger June 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    I really want to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

      That is so awesome Erin. Please keep me posted how it goes for you πŸ™‚

  4. Next Step to Nirvana June 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    We have something like this in Tamil
    Nadu as well. Vazhappazhs Appam πŸ™‚ made with Cardamom instead of cumin. You reminded me of it! I have to try this one!

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

      Oh cool! Thanks you for sharing. Now I have a new variation to try. I will checkout the recipe πŸ™‚ .

  5. andy1076 June 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    omg i love banana bread and now you made it fried? yes pls!! :O

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

      I know… πŸ™‚ I too love anything deep-fried.

  6. swapnakarthik June 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I must give this chewy banana buns a try,they look delicious…..

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

      Thank You so much Swapna. You should, I am sure you will enjoy it πŸ™‚

  7. youthfoodblog June 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    Love this bun. So palpable!

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  8. Mr. Militant Negro June 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      Thank You so much Juessepi. That is very kind of you as always. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  9. Harry...the Man! June 20, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    I’ll keep this recipe in reserve as part of my arsenal for visiting guests. It sounds quick, simple and tasty – ticking all the boxes for a talentless cook like me.

  10. Serena @ foodfulife June 20, 2015 at 2:19 am #


    • Nandini June 20, 2015 at 8:06 am #

      Thank You much Serena. You have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  11. cookingwithshy June 20, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    This bread looks great!!

    • Nandini June 20, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      Thank You so much Shy. Regards.

  12. Stanley Vincent Rodrigues June 20, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    Morning Nandini!
    This Mangalorean buns look delightful. I have never tried them. I don’t think I ever saw them. But I saw something similar to the Mangalorean buns. The PODER at My dad’s house in Chichinim would come with some bread which looked like them in the early hours of the morning, but I guess it was something different. However Your photos look very nice. And if I may say this You are not just a good chef, but also an excellent photographer. We will give these buns a try.And I bet they will turnout as good as they look. Have a nice day.

    Kind Regards


    • Nandini June 20, 2015 at 8:20 am #

      Good Morning to you too Mr Stan. And Thank You again for always having such encouraging words. I think you may be talking about the bakri. The poder would also make sweet bun with Tutti-Fruitti. Mangalore buns you would find in Kamat restaurant in Margao by old market or in udupi. Please let me know how it goes. You and Mrs Stan have a great weekend.

      • Stanley Rodrigues June 20, 2015 at 10:35 am #

        Hey Nandini!
        Just a quick one, Yes I was trying to recall what that stuff was called. You are right, Me mum would call them BAKRIS. I think She preffered to buy them because they were healthier than white bread. I just could not get the word BAKRI. I must be losing My MARBLES. Thanks for reminding Me about them GLORIOUS BAKRIS, Looking forward to My next NANDINI SPECIAL.

        Have a SMASHING WEEKEND!

        Look after Yourself


  13. Loretta June 20, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    This looks great Nandini – I’m not sure I’ve heard of it, but when we visited Goa, I remember the pao bread man coming on his bicycle to sell bread. Thought it was wonderful to have it come to your door. Your mangalorean buns look really good too.

    • Nandini June 20, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      Thank You Loretta so much. Having the poder come over with hot bread early morning is the best luxury. These buns we sold mostly in chai stalls, college canteens and vegetarian restaurants like the Kamat’s and Udupi. This time when I went you could not see them much around. You take care and have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  14. sewrae June 20, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    This looks amazing! I’m obssesed with banana bread so I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try πŸ™‚ also thank you so much for taking the time to like some of my posts and follow my blog!!

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      You are so welcome. And Thank you too πŸ™‚

    • jchbutler June 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

      Love banana bread and this recipe is great!x

  15. fromthefamilytable June 20, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I always have ripe bananas. This looks so easy and so good, I plan to make it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      Thank You Darryl so much. Let me know please when you do.

  16. swabby429 June 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow! Something I’ve actually eaten. My friends and I had some of these during a layover in Mangalore. They are quite addictive.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Yes they are πŸ™‚ . Specially when they are hot.

  17. Colin Noel-Johnson June 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Looks good, I’ll have to try it when I have some ripe bananas.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      Thank You so much Colin. That will be awesome πŸ™‚

  18. Tanushree Ghosh June 21, 2015 at 5:45 am #

    We have something similar in Bengal called kolar bora..a sweet dish…we use very less flour (only for binding) sugar and cardamom and make it the size of gulabjamun .This sounds really interesting…

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      Oh wow! Thanks for sharing Tanushree. It sounds so very similar to a sweet called Filoz we make for Christmas.

  19. davegon June 21, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve never heard of Mangalorean Fried Banana Bread, but I’m definitely going to try this.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      That is so awesome Dave. Please let me know how it goes with you πŸ™‚

  20. hungrybreton June 21, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    I actually have cravings for any fried banana recipe… I must try this!

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      You are so right πŸ™‚ . I too love anything deep-fried πŸ™‚

  21. Cris June 21, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    This looks so tasty! πŸ™‚ I must try it, really.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      Thank you so much Cris :-). That is really awesome.

  22. Linda Creation June 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Woooooooow it’s incredible Share Nandini ma favorite, we use to get dis near KTC Bus stop stalls, & u nailed it dear,
    ma mum mkr similar way but instead of cumin she use to put fennel (saunf) the aroma ws outstanding. Has to give a try soon.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Thank You so much Linda. Yes, you are so right they would have it by KTC bus stop in Margao. I will have to try it with saunf next time around.

      • Linda Creation June 22, 2015 at 11:50 am #

        I too will try soon Nandini I just refresh da memories thx for da incredible gem share

  23. lynne hoareau June 22, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Oh my word !!! These sound delicious πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      Thank You so much Lynne πŸ™‚

  24. Sandy Chaganti June 22, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    That’s neat. I wrote a recipe over the weekend for a south indian version of the same, except we make them in a wok that has 1 inch grooves to hold the batter and cook in. I love yours, have to try it next week.

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      Sandy looks like ” Great minds think alike” and it is a small world πŸ™‚ . Last week was my first encounter with the recipe and making it for the very first time. I am happy to have posted it because I have learnt so much from you and many more bloggers who left me feed backs, Thanks πŸ™‚

  25. stateeats June 22, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Hi Nandini – Have you ever had malasadas? They look similar to your buns. They are Portuguese fried fritters. They are very popular in Hawaii. I just might make them sometime for StateEats.-Kat

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Kat, no I have not heard about these before. Thanks for sharing I will check it out. Looks like a Hawaiian Cafe in Huntington Beach sell it. Hopefully I can visit some day πŸ™‚

  26. eatdirtcake June 22, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    I never saw this before and can’t wait to try. A cardamom variation would be amazing.

    • Nandini June 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      Thank You and I am happy you found something new πŸ™‚

  27. jchbutler June 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    They absolutely fab! I will try these!

    • Nandini June 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Thank You Much!

      • jchbutler June 24, 2015 at 1:05 am #

        I will be making Len Tart for my next blog, should be up on Sunday 28th!

        • Nandini June 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

          I will look forward to it John. Thanks Much for the heads up πŸ™‚

  28. Trupti Kharche June 23, 2015 at 2:03 am #

    Hi Nandini.. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.. Do check to know more πŸ™‚ All the best dear!

    • Nandini June 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Thank You so much Trupti. That is very sweet and kind of you.

  29. Chez Shanay June 23, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    These look divine! Thank you for sharing the beautiful images too :)x

    • Nandini June 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank You so much Chez for your kinds words πŸ™‚

  30. Insanely Roy - Piece of Cerebrum June 25, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    The best part is its easy yet looks yumm.
    My.mother has a sweet tooth so i will bookmark this :))

    Also, I’ve an invite for us all. It’s a #WeeklyChallenge for #FoodBlogger to encourage genuine blog appreciation (not just empty likes).
    Please visit to participate & know more.

    • Nandini June 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Thank You much πŸ™‚

  31. conniecockrell June 26, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    Sounds good. Thanks for stopping by my blog again.

    • Nandini June 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      You are very welcome Connie πŸ™‚

  32. atkokosplace June 26, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    I love how food crosses over to many nationalities. We all eat the same things just a bit varied. Thank you for sharing and reminding me πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      I totally agree with you :-).

  33. Biscuit June 26, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    These look amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. elle July 2, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Such a perfect idea! I never thought of adding cumin to banana bread, but this sounds fantastic. I wonder if atta flour would work in place of the standard North American whole wheat. I should give this a go soon πŸ˜€

    • Nandini July 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you much Elle!. Atta flour is whole wheat flour out here.

  35. essentialgrub July 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    These look amazing! I nominated you for The Starlight Blogger award-check it out!

    • Nandini July 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Thank You so much for the award Brooke. That was very kind of you and I am humbled by it πŸ™‚

  36. Shiva Acharya July 6, 2015 at 5:08 am #

    Good to see a recipe from my city being featured here. By the way, I like this one. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini July 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      That is awesome to know Shiva and Thanks Much πŸ™‚

  37. Ladybird Lab July 10, 2015 at 3:03 am #

    These Magalorean buns look wonderful Nandini! My mouth is watering at the thought of one of these with a cup of hot chai πŸ™‚ Always love reading & looking at your inspiring blog posts and photos xxx

    • Nandini July 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank You so much that is so sweet of you to say πŸ™‚ . So true, they go so well with a nice hot cup of tea. Have a great weekend:-)

  38. zestyloafie July 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    This is truly extraordinary. Would love to taste it myself personally. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nandini July 11, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      You are so welcomed and Thank you πŸ™‚

  39. soilanlama October 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe of food that is getting lost to the modern world. I too feel so sad to see healthy and delicious snack food vendors being replaced by bright and shiny tea shops that sell common place foods… and to be honest, they are not as good as the old fashioned snacks.

    • Nandini October 13, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank You so much Soilan. You are so right, I totally agree with you.

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