These Banana Bonda/Sweet Paniyaram can be made in minutes. In most South Indian homes, this banana bonda is common for surprise guests. The essential ingredients are very simple, and any choice of ingredients can be added further.
Made with maida/all-purpose flour, sugar, and coconut slices. This sweet maida bonda is super simple and can become your favorite recipe. Additionally, it is super delicious to eat.
Worried about the ripened bananas? this sweet bonda recipe is a great recipe to get rid of that. Preparing for this recipe is as simple as it can be done while the oil is heated in the pan. Let's get the recipe now.
In this banana Bonda recipe, I have added coconut slices for crunchiness. But you may add anything like chocolate chips and chopped vegetables.
This is one of the easy Indian ripe banana recipes.
What is Banana Bonda?
Bonda is the tea time snack in South India. It can be either sweet or savory. Today's version is delicious and made with ripe bananas. This tastes similar to doughnuts without holes inside.
In Western words, it can be called mini banana doughnuts or Indian banana fritters.
This banana bonda is commonly called 'Instant sweet paniyaram' in Tamil. Paniyaram refers to the sweet dish mainly prepared for evening snacks or breakfast.
The main Ingredients
The key ingredients are easily accessible. Check your kitchen pantry; you might have these already there.
All-Purpose flour/Maida. The Indian name for all-purpose flour is maida. Both are theoretically similar, but personally, I found the all-purpose flour I use here in the United States gives a super thick crispy crust, whereas Indian maida's density is thin when fried in cooking oil. This is what I personally felt when making this sweet paniyaram.
Sugar. You may use regular refined sugar. The refined sugar gives a rich golden brown color when fried. But you may also use light or dark brown sugar.
Or you may also use natural sugar like agave nectar or maple syrup. But each of these substitutions brings a new taste and look to the banana bonda.
Baking Soda. We add these for a nice texture and make the bonda looks round and wholesome. I would strongly advise not to skip this ingredient because, without this, the sweet paniyaram looks soggy and skinny, which will not be pleasant to look at.
Coconut Slices. You may use fresh coconut slices, frozen or dried store-bought ones. I get frozen coconut slices from our nearby Indian store. These are already pre-cut into thin slices, which reduced my workload.
Adding coconut slices makes it a more Tamil-style authentic recipe. But this is optional; skip it if you do not have it at home.
How to make banana bonda
Combine. Add all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, and coconut slices in a mixing bowl. Add little water at a time to make a thick flowing consistency batter.
Mash. Add ripe banana, and mash well. It is ok to leave some chunks on, which is great when we get a bite while we eat.
Fry. Heat oil in a pan, using a tablespoon to scoop the batter and drop it into the oil. Repeat to the capacity of the pan without crowding the pan.
Deep fry. Until it becomes golden brown on all sides, do not forget to turn it around to make it cook evenly.
Serve. Serve banana bonda with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, or tomato ketchup.
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Maida Bonda / Banana Paniyaram
For the dough
For deep frying
- 6 cups vegetable oil
For the dough
- In a mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, mashed banana, coconut slices, baking soda, and water.
- Combine well to make a thick flowing consistency batter.
For deep frying
- Over medium heat, place a pan and add vegetable oil.
- Once the oil becomes medium hot, using a tablespoon scoop the batter and gently drop on to the oil.
- Flip on to the other side, when the edges becomes golden brown.
- Cook until both the sides becomes crispy and golden brown.
- Serve hot with coconut chutney.
- This easy snack with maida is usually served as a snack. But we make it in the morning, along with breakfast for the guest in our home.
- Idly, chutney, sambar with this Maida Paniyaram tastes wonderful.
Tips and Variations for banana bonda:
- Dried nuts can be added.
- If bananas are unavailable, they can be omitted from the ingredients list.
- While deep frying, keep the flame higher initially and reduce to medium flame for perfect paniyarams.