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Today’s recipe ” Mangalore Buns “,as the name suggests is one of the trademark dishes of my native, Mangalore – Udupi region of Karnataka .Its a great way to use an over ripe bananas lying. Mangalore Buns are basically mildly sweetened,soft and fluffy in texture.Can be served for breakfast or as a tea time snacks.Best thing to pack for picnic or long travels.

For many people,who are hearing the word ” Mangalore buns” first time , the word ” buns” itself is misleading.These buns are not baked version of buns, but a deep fried puri made with over ripe banana . You might be asking me nowย  : ” Oh is it ?? !! Why the name ” bun ” then ? Why not Banana Poori ? ” . But sorry to say i too don’t have any answers to these questions. May be we should ask this to our ancestors.But i guess…, rather, cook a story… , for better understanding….

Long long ago somewhere in coastal Karnataka there was a mom who was fed up of buying bakery buns for kids . She wanted her kids to relish home made food. But the fussy kids wouldn’t eat anything other than buns and the poor mom didn’t know how to bake.She thought hard and came up with an idea. Took few over ripe bananas lying in the pantry ,mashed it and in went few more ingredients. Shaped them like buns ,fried it and served it to kids with a name ” Amma’s Buns “. Wasn’t she clever and smart ? Guess what ? the kids got fooled those buns had beautiful color from outside and very soft from inside , just like their favorite bakery buns .” Amma’s Buns”got popularized from kids to kids ,moms to moms and became favorite among all age group …One fine day entered the restaurant menuย  as “Mangalore Buns”…

Yes , that addictive these Mangalore buns are .The hot beautifully puffed golden brown Mangalore buns are treat on its own ! In spite of deep frying , they are not at all oily .But its best to plan ahead when making these buns, as the fermentation process involved in making these buns ,helps in giving them a differnt texture from the normal pooris .

What are you still thinking of, Go down the recipe..and enjoy …


Smitha Kalluraya
Mangalore Buns are basically mildly sweetened,soft and fluffy in texture.Can be served for breakfast or as a tea time snacks.Best thing to pack for picnic or long travels.
Course Snack
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 10 number


  • 1 cup All purpose flour maida, + for dusting
  • 1 over ripe banana, ( spotted Cavendish preferred , but u can use any other ripe Banana too )
  • 3 - 5 tbsps Powdered Sugar, ( depending on your sweet level )
  • 2 - 3 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds saunf
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Oil to deep fry


  • Peel the bananas.Mash it with your hands or food processor completely such that no lumps are there.Add sugar powder and mix.
  • To the mashed bananas add maida, salt,baking soda,curd,ghee and saunf . Start to knead the whole mixture ,without adding water.Moisture of banana puree and curd will bind the mixture.You will observe that the dough is little sticky while kneading.Don't worry,continue kneading to form a soft dough , little tougher than chapathi dough as it will loosen up after fermentation.In case even after kneading, you feel your dough is little gooey, you can add 1-2 tbsp of maida and mix.
  • Finally add a tsp of oil and gently knead the dough 2-3 mins till it becomes non sticky.Cover and leave it aside for 4-6 hrs or overnight, if doing for breakfast .
  • Divide the dough into big lemon size balls( ping pong ball size ) .
  • Heat oil in a deep pan or kadai .Test the oils temperature by dropping a pinch of dough into it. If the dough raises and floats on the surface immediately, it means oil is ready to use .Reduce the temperature to medium low.
  • Roll dough balls into small thick discs (like poori ) by dusting floor. It should be thicker than the regular pooris. Gently pat the discs to remove extra flour used for dusting.
  • Gently slide the poori to hot oil .With the help of slotted spoon, press its surface gently , this will help poori to puff up .Also, lightly splash hot oil on poori .This will make poori puff more .
  • Flip and cook poori on both sides till it gets deep golden brown on both sides .Let the flame be on medium low.Drain oil and transfer on a paper towel.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining dough.
  • Serve these yummy Mangalore buns hot / warm / cold as such or with spicy coconut chutney .You can even serve it with sambar or tomato ketchup .


  1. Traditionally Mangalore buns are made from maida. But if you want you can replace maida with wheat flour or use a combination of maida n wheat flour .
  2. They are usually mild sweet and little salty. So don't add too much sugar.
  3. For Mangalore buns most of the people use cumin seeds ( jeera ) instead of fennel ( saunf ) seeds. But i feel with saunf it tastes more better. You can try both version too.
  4. If you want you can even add a tsp of pepper powder or cardamom powder for extra spice and flavor.
  5. Let the dough rest nicely before using. This will help in getting a nice texture.The more standing time you give the more fluffier they turn.This is the most important step.
  6. Use ripened bananas.Long or even small variety will do.
  7. Mangalore buns can be stored for a couple of days. So you can consider it for packing while traveling.

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  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    March 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’ve heard about these and I am sure these taste delicious as well!!!

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    Ramya Venkateswaran
    March 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is in my to do list and super bun dear

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    Eliza Lincy
    March 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Have not tasted this pooris but I can imagine the taste and the smell of the bananas in your pooris. Yummy Pooris.

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    March 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, lovely recipe.must try soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sony P
    March 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Super yummy banana puri……. Looks tasty!!

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    nandoos Kitchen
    March 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Wow! superb.

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    chikkus Kitchen
    March 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Looks yummy dear ..very tasty !!

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    Priya Suresh
    March 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    They are just prefect for me to have some anytime,fantastic mangalore buns.

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    Priya Anandakumar
    March 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    buns look delicious dear…

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    Sathya Priya
    March 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    fantastic looking buns and lovely story to try it def…

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    Mitha Hegde
    March 14, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Wow! Perfectly done Smitha… I love them very much….. Loved your story too… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    March 14, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ – L. Archana

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    Nalini Somayaji
    March 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

    lovely Mangalore Buns ..Smitha Kalluraya..

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    Resna Nishad
    March 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I tasted it once and that was very tsty one…really I was searching for this recipe….thank you dear thank you very much…

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    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    March 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    awesome post ๐Ÿ™‚ i shall try this one for sure; shall share you the results dear

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    Alevoor Rajagopal
    July 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    As far as I have known this from my childhood, its name is not Mangalore Buns but Bunds. This is a very famous and one of he staple food in Tanzania. It’s called as Mandazi

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    July 22, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Oh ok .. that’s new to me.. as far as i know its called Mangalore Buns.. Anyways will recheck …

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    Aisha Chougle
    December 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Yummy..these are surely the Mangalore Buns. Whenever I go to Udupi, Manipal without fail I go and relish these buns in Pangal Restaurant.

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    March 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Am sure it is mangalore buns. May be some migrants to Tanzania. . Have renamed it to suit the language

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    Mrs Rebello..
    August 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for d recipe… As dis r my fab buns n I always ordered dem frm hotel….so will surely try dem…

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    March 13, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Banana poori, nice recipe. I will try this recipe soon. Thank you for sharing.

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