Banana bites made with whole wheat flour. Can a snack get any better than this? I’m not calling them healthy, but at least there’s no refined flour in them. Locally, in Kerala, they are called banana bonda, a sweet snack made from bananas and flour.
I’ve done a couple of deep fried banana goodies for the blog already, but this is the very first time I’m combining deep frying with whole wheat flour. I was bit worried about ending up with rock hard banana bites. But to my surprise, bananas made them soft and tender inside, and crispy outside.
If you want to go with traditional version, replace whole wheat flour with plain flour. Serve these crispy, crunchy snack with a hot cup of tea. Perfect!
Peel and mash the banana.
Add in whole wheat flour, sugar, ground cardamom and bicarb soda. You can add more sugar if needed.
Add water little by little to make sticky dough. I used approximately 1/4 cup water. Remember this: the dough has to be very sticky, but not runny.
Before you roll balls, place a deep pan over medium-high heat. Heat enough oil for deep frying.
When the oil is hot enough, apply some oil to the palm of your hand, and roll out a small lemon- sized ball. As the dough is very sticky, you won’t be able to make a perfect ball.
Slide the ball carefully into the hot oil. If the pan is big, you can add more balls . But make sure it’s not overcrowded.
Turn occasionally to make sure all sides are golden brown.
When done, drain on an absorbent towel.
More Kerala Snacks:
- Kerala Banana Chips
- Parippu Vada or Masala Vada
- Uzhunnu Vada or Urad Dal Fritters
- Kerala Chicken Cutlet
- Banana Fritters or Pazham Pori
- Jaggery Unniyappam
- 1 large ripe banana
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour (atta)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon bicarb soda
- Oil for deep frying
- Peel and mash banana. Place it in a large bowl along with flour, sugar, ground cardamom and bicarb soda. Add water ( I used ¼ cup water) little by little to make a very sticky dough.
- Meanwhile heat oil for deep frying in a deep pan over medium-high heat.
- Apply a little oil to the palm of your hand. Make a ball with the dough. When the oil is hot enough, slide it into the oil. Fry, turning occasionally , until golden brown. Repeat until dough is used up.
- Drain them on an absorbent towel.
- Serve hot bondas with tea or coffee.
If the banana is not sweet enough, add more sugar