Thursday, October 29, 2015

Banana Fritters / Balehannu Mulka/ Baleparndu Appa ( Traditional fried snack of Udupi )

Balehannu Mulka is a traditional popular snack of Udupi.Dough will be prepared first using smashed banana,wheat flour, jaggery and coconut. Later small portions of the dough will be deep fried. These are crunchy from outside and soft inside.Very easy to prepare when you have unexpected guests.Serve these tasty fritters/mulkas hot or at room temperature along with ghee and hot coffee.

You can play around with the quantity of ingredients here , refer tips section for detail...
Though the color and shape of the mulkas are not that great , believe me its very yummy .You just can't stop with one.
Want to try and taste Banana fritters ? Here we go with the detailed recipe.

makes around 10-15 small size mulkas.

Ingredients :

2 ripe banana, smashed/ finely chopped
1/4 cup coconut 
1/4 cup heap grated jaggery  ( little more if you want very sweet mulkas)
1/4 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of salt
pinch of baking soda( optional ) 
1 tbsp ghee
enough oil for frying
water as required

How To Prepare ?

  • Grind coconut, cardamom powder and grated jaggery along with 2 tbsp of water into a smooth paste. Keep the ground paste aside.


  • In a large mixing bowl, add in smashed banana ( you can even use finely chopped bananas), ground paste, rice flour, pinch of salt, pinch of baking soda and wheat flour. Mix everything well. The consistency should be similar to cake batter / pakoda batter. If you feel the batter is very runny, then add in little more flour and get the right consistency.

  • Pour oil and ghee into a pan and switch on the flame.Once the oil is hot enough, take out small portion of dough and slowly place them in hot oil. Don't worry about the shape of the mulkas. Fry them in batches keeping the flame in low.Keep rolling the mulkas in hot oil so that they all cook evenly inside too. Once they turn brown from all sides , take them out from oil. Place them in kitchen tissues.


  •   Serve hot/at room temperature along with hot coffee.

  • You can use more bananas if you want to have the fritters to be very soft.
  • If you want to make a little stiff mulkas, use more atta/flour.
  • You can use all purpose flour instead of wheat flour, But I like wheat version as its very tasty.
  • You can skip coconut, but coconut enhances the taste.
  •  Traditional recipe doesn't contain baking soda as an ingredient. By adding Baking soda mulkas turn crispy when they are hot.
  • The above recipe makes medium sweet mulkas. You can use more jaggery if you want very sweet fritters.
Thanks so much for going through my recipe. Kindly put in your comments and share it with your friends and family if you like the recipe .


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