Maruya or Banana Fritters is a type of fritter from the Philippines. It is usually made from saba bananas. The most common variant is prepared by coating thinly sliced and “fanned” bananas in batter and deep frying them. They are then sprinkled with sugar.
This version of Maruya is one that I usually buy for my merienda when I was in the Philippines. I sometimes buy them in a bamboo stick or in a hand fan shape coated with sugar. But their where times that after siesta, my mom will cook us maruya in our merienda before playing outside during summer time.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 ripe saba (banana plantain), peeled and sliced lengthwise
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- flour, for dredging sugar
Cooking Procedures :
- In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and egg, beat until smooth.
- Heat oil in a frying pan (or a large saucepan) over medium heat.
- In batches, roll banana slices in flour and then dip in batter. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar. Place in a serving dish and serve.
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