These Banana Bonda/Sweet Paniyaram can be made in minutes. In most of the South Indian homes, this banana bonda is common for the surprise guests. The basic 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 can become your most favorite recipe as it is super simple to make, additionally, it is super delicious to eat.
Worried about the ripened bananas? this sweet bonda recipe is the great recipe to get rid of that. Preparing for this recipe is as simple as it can be done, while the oil is getting heated in the pan. Let’s get the recipe now.
In this banana bonda recipe, I have added coconut slices for the crunchiness. But you may add anything like chocolate chips and chopped vegetables.
This is one of the ripe banana recipes in Indian style. Do not forget to check out another recipe for an evening snack, Raw Banana Bajji , here in PepperBowl.
What is Banana Bonda?
Bonda is the tea time snack in South India. It can be either sweet or savory. Today’s version is sweet made with ripe banana. This tastes similar to doughnuts without holes inside. In the western words, it can be called as mini banana doughnuts or Indian banana fritters.
This banana bonda is commonly called as ‘Instant sweet paniyaram’ in Tamil. Paniyaram refers to the sweet dish mainly prepared for evening snack or for the breakfast.
The main Ingredients
The key ingredients are easily accessible. Check your kitchen pantry, you might be having these already there.
All Purpose flour/Maida: 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 in thin when fried in the 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 the natural sugar like agave nectar or maple syrup. But each one of these substitutions brings out the whole new taste and look to the banana bonda.
Baking Soda: We add these for a nice texture and makes the bonda to 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.
Coconut Slices: You may use fresh coconut slices, frozen or the dried store bought one. I get the frozen coconut slices from our nearby Indian store. These are already precut into thin slices which reduced my workload. Adding coconut slices makes it more Tamil style authentic recipe. But this is optional, skip it if you do not have at home.
How to make banana bonda
Combine: In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, and coconut slices together. Add little water at a time to make 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 into the oil. Repeat to the capacity of the pan, without crowding the pan.
Deep fry: until it becomes golden brown on all the sides. Do not forget to turn it around to make it cook evenly.
Serve: serve banana bonda with coconut chutney, tomato chutney or with tomato ketchup.
Maida Bonda / Banana Paniyaram
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour / Maida
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Banana Ripen
- 1 Pinch Baking Soda
- 3 tbsp Coconut Slices
- Heat oil in the pan in high flame. Mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, coconut slices.
- Add ripe banana to the mix and mash them well, to form like a thick liquid paste consistency.
- Scoop and pour the dough with the spoon in the oil. Flip it occasionally, till all the fritters are evenly golden in color.
- Serve hot.
- This easy snack with maida usually served as a snack. But we do make it in the morning hours 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 not available then it can be omitted from the ingredients list.
- While deep frying, keep the flame higher in the beginning and reduce to medium flame for perfect paniyarams.