Maruya or Banana Fritters can brighten up even the gloomiest days! With flavorful banana or plantain inside and doughy crust outside. Definitely a good way to start the day with or a mid-afternoon snack.
While on holiday last December in the Philippines I was on the lookout for banana fritters. But I didn’t have to look too hard because right where we live, a street vendor passes every afternoon selling them. I’d buy about a dozen for us to snack on. It’s a well-rounded goodie since it has banana and pastry, what else can you ask for eh? Now that we are back in France, I’m craving so badly that I decided to make my own. Of course, more importantly, share it with you lovely folks.
To make banana fritters, first, you will need ripe (the riper the better) Saba bananas or use plantain as an alternative. You peel the banana and cut it lengthwise and spread them while the sides are still touching. Next, you prepare the batter by mixing together flour, baking powder, salt sugar, butter, and milk. Once done, you coat the bananas in batter and fry them until golden brown. Et voila! your banana fritters are ready to eat! To make them a bit tastier, you can sprinkle some granulated sugar on top. Try them and let us know.
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Tips for Maruya or Banana Fritters
- Make sure that you are using ripe bananas; unripe bananas are a bit bitter and will not give you the expected sweet taste.
- You can also mash the banana and mix it in with the batter.
- 4 pcs ripe saba bananas (or plantain)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- granulated sugar for toppings (optional)
for milk and vinegar mixture
- 1 cup fresh milk
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp butter (melted)
- 1 medium egg
- milk and vinegar mixture you prepared
- In a small bowl, mix together the milk and vinegar and set aside or let sit for 5 minutes
- Prepare bananas by peeling and then cutting them lengthwise in three parts. Spread the cut bananas while the sides are still touching. Set aside.
Preparing the batter
- In a mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients like flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix using a wire whisk until fully combined.
- Add wet ingredients. First, the melted butter followed by the egg and the milk and vinegar mixture you prepared.
- Whisk until batter is formed and flour is totally dissolved.
Cooking the maruya / banana fritters
- Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Take one spread of banana and dip-coat it in the batter. Banana should be fully coated.
- Fry the batter-coated bananas in the pan for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve while warm and sprinkle some granulated sugar on top. Bon appetit!