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Khara (Spicy) Mangalore Buns

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Mangalore Buns are one of my favorite evening snacks my mom used to make. It is prepared as breakfast dish too. They are fluffy sweet pooris(puris). But when it comes to pooris, my hubby does not like it sweet, so here is my version of spicy and savory Mangalore Buns.

For the original Mangalore Buns recipe, add more sugar (5 tbsp or to taste) and skip - chilli pdr, turmeric and coriander leaves. Here is post for Mangalore Buns recipe.

  • 1/2 kg maida/all purpose flour/plain flour
  • 2  ripe  bananas (fully ripe soft banana's are the best to use)
  • 1 tsp  sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (or Eno Fruit Salt - unflavored one) some use baking soda too.
  • 2 tbsp curds
  • 2 tsp cumin(Geera) seeds
  • 2 tsp red chilli pdr
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric(Haldi) pdr
  • 1 handful of chopped coriander/cilantro   
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Extra flour for dusting

  1. Peel and slice the bananas. Add them into a mixer/blender along with salt and sugar. Blend them into a fine paste. You may mash all these in a bowl using your hands.
  2. Transfer the ground banana paste into a mixing bowl, add in the curds, turmeric pdr, chilli pdr, cumin seeds, chopped coriander leaves and  baking powder and mix well. [Optional: ginger/garlic paste or Garam-Masala or one of your other masala may be added too]
  3. Heat 1 tbsp dalda/vanaspati or ghee or cooking oil in a tempering pan and keep it aside.
  4. Add maida/plain flour to the mixture in the bowl little by little and knead it into a soft dough. When you have a sticky dough, add in the melted dalda and knead well.
  5. Add in more flour if needed to make a nice dough that doesn't stick to your fingers completely. But we don't need a hard dough. We need a wet, soft, sticky, rubbery dough. (softer than chapathi dough). Note: Do not add any water while kneading the dough. Sugar when mixed with banana and curds gives out enough water to knead a dough. If needed add more curds or buttermilk.
  6. Spread bit of oil over the dough to keep it moist and prevents drying of the outer layer of the dough.
  7. Wet a thin cloth or paper-towel, squeeze out all the excess water, cover the dough completely with this damp cloth and allow it to rest at room temperature for 7-8 hours. The wet cloth helps retain moisture during rising of the dough. Make sure the cloth isn't too wet and is just damp enough.
  8. After at least 6 hours, lightly knead the dough before you make buns. Make tiny lemon sized balls of the dough, roll it out a little using flour to dust. Don't flatten the balls too much, keep them thick. This dough does not roll into round shapes so I use one of my glass bowls to press it into all even round shapes. You may use a cookie cutter too.
  9. Heat up oil for deep frying, test if the oil is rolling hot by dropping a small piece of dough. If the dough emerges on top of the oil, that means the oil's hot enough. Lower the flame to medium heat. If the oil's not heated up yet, wait for another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Dust excess flour off the rolled pooris and fry them one by one on medium flame. As soon as you drop the pooris into the oil they puff up beautifully, flip them over, keep them pressed under the oil for few seconds, that helps the puri puff up more.
  11. Once they are cooked on both the sides and are golden brown, remove the poori from the hot oil and place it in a bowl lined with paper towel.

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