Mangalore Buns | Whole Wheat Banana Puris

                                             Mangalore Buns or just “Buns” {as we call it} has been one recipe i never expected myself to blog about as these are made totally from maida {unhealthy!} and deep fried {unhealthy!}… So how did i convince myself to add this to Healthy Cooking With Mitha?? Made it healthier, of course! Substituted maida with wheat flour and Voila! a healthy and tasty version of Buns is ready… 🙂
                                             Now don’t frown at me if you already have been using wheat flour.. {There is always my story to enjoy if you don’t want the recipe! 😉 } Anyhow, Buns for us is a monthly once fare as my hubby loves it very much (Yeah! Unhealthy favorites can be afforded monthly only! :D).. But the substituting-with-wheat-flour idea crept up my mind only some months ago when i did not have maida at all and the bananas were at the final stage to be used up {by the way, did i tell you Buns is usually made from black and “last stage” bananas.. lol! Super good news, right??}                                               
                                              After my first trial with whole wheat buns, there was no looking back.. Even though there is a slight taste change with wheat {Tastier, we feel!}, the happiest part is it puffs up well and turns out spongy in the inside {which is typical of Mangalore Buns!}.. 
                                               So last day when my hubby saw the bananas in their “last stage”, i got an order for Buns.. While i was about to make, the blogger inside me which is used to the “cook + click” lifestyle asked me “No food for the camera this time?”.. That question just made me grab the camera and i went click click click….
                                                And you know who clicked along with me?? My hubby!! Presenting his shot too this time.. He was so excited with this zoomed in picture of buns that i could not resist making him happier by adding it here.. Hope you all like it.. 🙂

                                                   Buns with chutney is also a combo i learned from my hubby.. He won’t touch buns without chutney, can you believe that?? Anyhow living with him, i have become the same.. Buns without Chutney?? No!!! Anyhow its a personal choice.. Hope you enjoyed my blah blahs.. Now off you go to make Buns! Happy and Healthy Cooking!!

Health Benefits of Wheat: Since they are low in fat and high on fiber, they have been linked to reduce weight, the risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and other health problems.. Substitute refined flour with whole wheat in your diet and see the positive health changes you will undergo…


Ingredients: {Makes around 13 medium sized Buns}
3 Bananas {I used the small Indian variety.. Riper the Better!}}
2 1/2 to 3 Cups Whole wheat flour/ Atta* {I used Pillsbury}
1 Tbsp Chickpea flour/ Besan
1 Cup Curd/ Yogurt
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking soda
Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

*Usually maida or all purpose flour is used to make buns.. I have made it healthier by using whole wheat flour..

1. Peel and mash the bananas using a fork or with clean hands.. Add sugar, salt and cumin seeds.. Mix..

2. Add Yogurt.. Mix well..

3. Now sieve and add chickpea flour and baking soda first, followed by whole wheat flour, 1/4 Cup at a time.. Keep mixing in the flour till the dough reaches a stage where it is soft but stiff and stops sticking your fingers..
Note: DON’T make the dough as hard as puri/chapati dough.. This dough is meant to be soft..

4. Keep the dough covered for 3 to 4 hours or overnight at room temperature…
5. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it in dry flour.. Dust excess flour and place it on a plastic sheet.. Using fingers, spread into a thick puri..
Note: The dough for Buns should NOT be spread thin like puris.. If so, it won’t puff up..It should be slightly thick..

6. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough..

7. Now heat oil in a pan and bring the flame to medium.. Add one of the roundels in the oil and using the back of the ladle, slightly apply pressure such that it puffs up..
Note: Medium flame is very much necessary while deep frying buns as otherwise on high flame, the inner portion remains uncooked..

See one half-eaten Buns?? My hubby at work!! 😉

8. Once puffed and turns golden brown, slowly turn the buns and cook the under side too till it turns the same colour..

9. Remove buns from the oil and allow all excess oil to drip off..

10. Keep it on an absorbent paper or your frying pan..
Serve hot with Coconut Chutney or Hing Chutney!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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