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Tantalise Your Tastebuds to a Sweet, Crispy and Flaky Banana Puri

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

1 hour

Serves 10-15 people


Banana Puri:

  • 1½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon rose essence
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon powder (elachie)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ bowl melted butter
  • ¼ bowl cornflour
  • oil for deep frying


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions for syrup:

  1. Heat a saucepan add water, sugar and cardamom
  2. Continue to stir for 10 minutes, until its thick and sticky
  3. Remove from heat

Instructions Banana Puri

  1. Mix flour and baking powder in a baking bowl
  2. Add the butter, mix in well
  3. Blend with water and rose essence to form a soft dough
  4. Portion the dough into 5 equal parts
  5. Roll each dough portion into a platter sized circle
  6. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle some cornflour
  7. Continue to roll and layer each circle with melted butter and a sprinkle of cornflour
  8. Roll pastry into a swiss roll log
  9. Press and seal the edges of the roll
  10. Cut 2cm length size to each slice
  11. Place each slice to its side and flatten with a rolling pin

12. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan to moderate temperature, oil amount enough to cover Banana Puri

13. Frying +- 6 to 10 at a time, depending on the size of your pan

14. Allow 2 minutes to each side of the Banana Puri to puff

15. Do not fry until brown as the pastry should compliment a vanilla colour

16. Drain the slices on absorbent paper towel

17. Pop each slice into the home-made syrup for less than 30 seconds or set on a wire rack place a dish under the rack and dribble on the syrup as required

Serving suggestion

  1. Chop almonds, colour with food colouring and sprinkle on each Banana Puri,
  2. Touching the sides with a hint of edible gold dust
  3. Sprinkling of dessicated coconut

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Mitara N (author) from South Africa on March 14, 2020:

Hi Paula,

I feel so honoured. Your comment is so appreciated, and warms my heart. You have a wonderful way with words, admire it.

Hope you enjoy the delicious flavours on your tastebuds...

Suzie from Carson City on March 14, 2020:

Mitara, This dessert sound and LOOKS so scrumptious! Off I go to buy the ingredients. Can't wait to taste these!! YUM! Thank you. Cheers, Paula

Mitara N (author) from South Africa on March 04, 2020:

Hi Kyler,

Thank you for the feedback.

I am in the process of trying the same recipe using ingredients that are organic and gluten free with no artificial sweeteners or sugar.

Stay tuned. As soon as I have the formula correct, I will share.

Kyler J Falk from California on March 03, 2020:

Could you do a cultural dish that is gluten free, no sugar added, with no artificial sweeteners and is also organic?

I maintain a very strict diet due to health issues, and I would love to make something that is heavily cultural and hasn't really been seen in my region enough. Your articles always make me hungry!

Mitara N (author) from South Africa on March 03, 2020:

Thank you. Appreciate your feedback.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 03, 2020:

I know how good they taste because I've had something similar, but these look prettier!

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