Banana Fritter or Maruya is a fried food that makes use of “Saba” banana or plantains. The bananas are sliced or mashed and then mixed with a batter, which is composed of flour, sugar, vanilla, and a binder which is egg usually. A fritter is a mixture (such as a batter) with fruits or meat. This particular dish is considered as a fritter because it is a batter with mashed bananas.
This is eaten for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. There are many ways to prepare the banana. Some slice it in half while others prepare it by slicing thinly crosswise. There is no right or wrong way of preparing the bananas; it all depends on your preference. I prefer mashing the bananas because they are easier to cook that way; it also makes the mixture more flavorful.
When making Banana Fritters, make sure that you are using ripe bananas; unripe bananas are quite bitter and will not give you the expected sweet taste. As for the cooking oil, try to use about a cup for every batch and then add more as necessary. Doing this will prevent the mixture from absorbing excess oil.
Try this quick and easy Banana Fritter (Maruya) recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 6 pieces ripe “Saba” banana, mashed
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup fresh milk
- ¾ cups cooking oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and ½ cup sugar. Mix well.
- Gradually add the mashed bananas while mixing.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Heat half of the oil in a pan.
- When the oil becomes hot, scoop about ½ cup of the mixture and then pour in the pan (add the remaining oil in the next batches).
- Fry both sides until the color turns golden brown.
- Sprinkle the remaining sugar on both sides.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!