Dec 15, 2006

Mangalore Buns

Mangalore Buns
In Mangalorean cuisine, Buns is different from Bun. Its not plural form of Bun! Simply called as "Buns". It is a deep fried form of Sweet Banana Bread. Usually served for Breakfast with sambar or chutney on the side.

This recipe for Buns is from authentic Konkani Cookbook, "Oota Upahara" published in Kannada and "amgele kaaNa jevaN" in konkani by Jaya V Shenoy. The book has been around nearly past 20 years and is a popular cookbook in the Mangalorean Konkani households.

1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp jeera
2 cup maida/all purpose flour
2 tsp besan
6 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large/2 small ripe bananas

Sieve besan and maida and keep aside.
Mash bananas and mix thoroughly with sugar, salt, jeera, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in the besan and then the flour as required. Knead the dough into a soft ball as you would for chapathi or bread. The dough will be easier to work with if you rub some oil on your palms and the vessel in which you will knead the dough.

Take 1/2 tsp of oil and rub all over the dough and transfer it to a clean bowl, let it rest for 8 hrs or over night. The dough will raise and double in volume after 8 hrs.

Divide the dough into small balls of size of a lemon. Roll into small circles. Use oil or very little flour while rolling.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the buns one at a time. Fry on one side till the buns puffs up completely. Turn upside down and fry on the other side till golden brown.

Serve with sambar or chutney on the side.


Aruna said...

Manjula .....I have a laptop for my self finally and i am going to visit your blog daily. The buns really look yummy and i just feel like eating them right away. My mom does not add jeera and bkg pwd. I need to try exactly the way you have mentioned. I have noted it down and going to make it tomm. In some hotels in Mangalore they add ground pepper. Kolmbo looks yummy too. Good luck with your blog.

FH said...

I used to fry these buns when I was in Hassan!:) I know they are delicious but never served with sambhar though.Since it has banana, we ate it just like that with sugar pd on top.

Oota Upahaara is interesting! will see if I can find it Amazon.

Manjula said...

Hi Aruna,
Feels great to know I have a daily visitor. Will try to post frequently.

Hi Asha,
I am not sure you can buy this book online. Its sold in the book stalls in Car street Mangalore and in the Specialty Mangalore Stores of Bangalore. Don't know about about other places. It is also published in English. Will try to get the name.


Anonymous said...

These loook lovely. My mom usually prepares buns with pumpkin. But after coming here, I almost stopped preparing them :(. I feel like making them again now.

Aruna said...

Manjula...I belive now that baking powder makes the difference. The buns came exactly like in your picture. All of them puffed very well. I did not add water at all, although i kept the 1/4 cup water ready. Thanks

Do you kow if Oota Upahara is avble in English. I cannot read Kannada thought i can speak.

Nidhi said...

Mangalore that something new for me, I have never been to South India...Will definitely try your version of BUNS.

Thanks for sharing.

Happy Holidays...Cheers, Nidhi.

Manjula said...

Hi Shilpa,
I saw ur posts on pumpkin puris. Gotto try them soon.

Yes, Baking soda makes a lot of difference. The book in English by Jaya Shenoy is called "Dakshin Bharat dishes: Indian vegetarian cookbook". It has only selected recipes, does not cover all recipes like the one in Kannada or Konkani.

Glad that my posts has encouraged u to try out a Mangalorean recipe

Anonymous said...

seems like im the only guy making these.. i didnt add the water too.. it became really sticky after adding just the yoghurt.. i had to add more flour to it to make it get the chappati texture.. now waiting for it to rise.. thanks for the recipe.. hope it turns out well..

Unknown said...

hi Manjula...
this is Anu.. may i know where can i get JAYA.V.SHENOY's recipe book in Mangalore? Plz i need it...

Unknown said...

hi Manjula...
this is Anu.. may i know where can i get JAYA.V.SHENOY's recipe book in Mangalore? Plz i need it...

Manjula said...


try School book company or other book stores on the carstreet near Sri Venkataramana Temple, You will sure find it. There are kannada/English versions. There are also 2 or 3 different books by the same author. They are different collection of recipes, 1 is a big collection of almost all authentic konkani recipes, other one is a subset of recipes. Make sure you buy the one you are interested in.

Unknown said...

sapna online has it:

Unknown said...

been looking out for this recipe for quite sometime now. looks interesting & i am going to try this tonite for my breakfast tmrw.

will update you again tmrw :)