Mangalore Buns are basically mildly sweetened,soft and fluffy in texture.Can be served for breakfast or as a tea time snacks.Best thing to pack for picnic or long travels.
  1. Peel the bananas.Mash it with your hands or food processor completely such that no lumps are there.Add sugar powder and mix.
  2. To the mashed bananas add maida, salt,baking soda,curd,ghee and saunf . Start to knead the whole mixture ,without adding water.Moisture of banana puree and curd will bind the mixture.You will observe that the dough is little sticky while kneading.Don’t worry,continue kneading to form a soft dough , little tougher than chapathi dough as it will loosen up after fermentation.In case even after kneading, you feel your dough is little gooey, you can add 1-2 tbsp of maida and mix.
  3. Finally add a tsp of oil and gently knead the dough 2-3 mins till it becomes non sticky.Cover and leave it aside for 4-6 hrs or overnight, if doing for breakfast .
  4. Divide the dough into big lemon size balls( ping pong ball size ) .
  5. Heat oil in a deep pan or kadai .Test the oils temperature by dropping a pinch of dough into it. If the dough raises and floats on the surface immediately, it means oil is ready to use .Reduce the temperature to medium low.
  6. Roll dough balls into small thick discs (like poori ) by dusting floor. It should be thicker than the regular pooris. Gently pat the discs to remove extra flour used for dusting.
  7. Gently slide the poori to hot oil .With the help of slotted spoon, press its surface gently , this will help poori to puff up .Also, lightly splash hot oil on poori .This will make poori puff more .
  8. Flip and cook poori on both sides till it gets deep golden brown on both sides .Let the flame be on medium low.Drain oil and transfer on a paper towel.
  9. Continue the same process with the remaining dough.
  10. Serve these yummy Mangalore buns hot / warm / cold as such or with spicy coconut chutney .You can even serve it with sambar or tomato ketchup .
Recipe Notes


  1. Traditionally Mangalore buns are made from maida. But if you want you can replace maida with wheat flour or use a combination of maida n wheat flour .
  2. They are usually mild sweet and little salty. So don’t add too much sugar.
  3. For Mangalore buns most of the people use cumin seeds ( jeera ) instead of fennel ( saunf ) seeds. But i feel with saunf it tastes more better. You can try both version too.
  4. If you want you can even add a tsp of pepper powder or cardamom powder for extra spice and flavor.
  5. Let the dough rest nicely before using. This will help in getting a nice texture.The more standing time you give the more fluffier they turn.This is the most important step.
  6. Use ripened bananas.Long or even small variety will do.
  7. Mangalore buns can be stored for a couple of days. So you can consider it for packing while traveling.