This homemade deep fried banana balls recipe from scratch gives you yummy fried banana balls that make excellent snacks perfect for picnic or travel.
This is an excellent way to use up any leftover ripe bananas which makes a very yummy snack.
You can make this fried banana balls ahead if you have a picnic or travel and pack them so easily for kid friendly snacks. You can make small sized balls or medium sized banana balls as you wish.
If you are making for small kids, you can make small sized banana balls, which are more easy to fry too.
This sweet fried banana balls are also known as undampori recipe/undan pori/pazha unda/gothambu unda/sweet bonda recipe etc in Kerala (South India), and this fried banana balls is made with sugar (without jaggery) as many of the traditional versions call for jaggery.
Using jaggery is more good if you want to make it more healthy, but if you have no access to jaggery you can easily make this using white sugar to make it more simple, just like as I have done in this recipe here.
This fried banana balls recipe is basically a South Indian Kerala style snack recipe, locally known as pazham unda or undan pori where the pazham means bananas and unda can be translated as balls.
However, this is not an authentic recipe for the banana balls recipe made in Kerala style, as I have modified the recipe to make it more easy.
Another delicious snack from Kerala is fried banana fritters which is made using ripe plantain bananas.
In traditional Kerala style pazham unda or undan pori recipe, we mostly use jaggery (which is actually more healthy as it is natural sweetener), but here I have used sugar to make it more easy.
Also I have added baking powder to the ingredients to make the texture more softer.
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So here is how you can make this simple and easy banana fried balls following this easy deep fried banana balls recipe.
Fried Banana Balls Recipe (Sweet)
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1.5 cups wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- oil for frying enough to deep fry
Preparation of batter
- Add the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom powder and mix them together very well using a spoon.
- In another bowl, mash the bananas and add the sugar.
- Mix the mashed bananas and sugar very well and add this mixture to the dry flour mixture.
- Using your hands, mix the contents very well, it will be quite sticky.
- Add the 1 tablespoon of oil to the mixture and mix the sticky batter again with your hands.
- Cover the bowl and let it rest for a couple of hours.
- After 2 hours the batter will be ready to be fried.
To make the banana balls
- Heat enough oil in a thick bottomed pan to deep fry the banana balls.
- Apply little oil in your palms which will help you to easily make the balls using the sticky batter.
- Make mediums sized balls from the batter using your hands. The balls need not be perfectly round, you just need to make them roughly round.
- Make one banana ball at a time and gently drop the banana ball to the hot oil.
- Similarly make more balls using the batter and drop each one of them gently to the hot oil. You shouldn't overcrowd the pan, as it will make the flipping difficult. You can fry them all in multiple batches as needed.
- Deep fry the banana balls until they are deep golden brown in color. Flip them (I used a regular steel spoon to flip them) as needed to fry all the sides until golden brown. It is important to notice that if you don't deep fry all the sides of the balls, it won't get cooked inside. If you over cook, the balls may turn hard. So just deep fry them enough to make all parts of the banana balls deep golden brown in color.
- Once the banana balls are all deep fried, gently transfer one by one from the pan.
- You can transfer the banana balls using a suitable slotted spoon or spatula which will help to drain the oil or you can remove the excess oil using a paper towel after transferring from the oil.
- Similarly make fried banana balls until all the batter is finished. Enjoy the fried banana balls hot or warm with coffee or tea for snack!
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