Ripe Banana Sweet Balls| Undan Pori

Thursday, July 14, 2016

This year was my first Ramadan where I had to make deep fried goodies almost every day. So much that at one point I was lost for ideas and another time I just used to feel satiated looking at the fried pile! But nothing seemed to stop Mr. F from wanting more and I shamelessly gobbled away knowing very well that its catastrophic for my body. Pleasures of eating deep fried food is worth a few pounds! :-P But I would not advocate that because now I have gained 6 pounds! :-O

It is etched on stone - Weight loss and me are always together and inseparable.

Ripe Banana Sweet Balls| Undan Pori

Today's recipe of Undan Pori is an outcome of my effort to make more of Kerala tea time snacks. I never went further than onion pakoras and plantain fritters so it was high time I add new items to our menu. So when I was skimming through pinterest for inspiration and “knowledge”, my eyes fell on these beauties. Though I have never heard or had this before, the recipe seemed very familiar. I still don't know if it is called by any other name. Back home, mom makes something with similar ingredients but her mixture would be in batter form like that of liqamat. But here for Undan Pori, the mixture becomes a dough and its shaped into balls and deep fried.

From what I read, Undan Pori is a sweet tea time snack served in tea stalls in Kerala. I made once before Ramadan without coconut chunks and then again tweaked it a bit for ifthar. The second time around I tried with raw sugar and desiccated coconut. I have used Organic Jaggery powder that I brought here from India. I have been using it very sparingly and this September it would be a year old! I better use it up before my next trip to India! InshaAllah!

Ripe Banana Sweet Balls| Undan Pori

This recipe is perfect for two and best with tea!

Adapted from reciperoll

Ripe Banana Sweet Balls| Undan Pori

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoon jaggery powder melted in 1/4 cup boiling water from kettle
1 tablespoon ghee
4 teaspoons desiccated coconut
1 big banana or 2 small bananas, mashed
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoon wheat flour
3 tablespoon cup rice flour
a pinch of baking soda
1/4 teaspoons cardamom powder
salt to taste
oil to deep fry

Note: If you are using jaggery blocks, then break it and melt it in boiling water. If you don't get this, I read that the best substitute would be Muscovado or Demerara sugar. Even brown sugar should work but I have not tried. I have tried with Raw Demerara Sugar and it works great! 


METHOD:

  1. Melt jaggery powder by stirring in boiling water and allow to cool.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan and roast desiccated coconut till golden brown. Be careful not to burn. Take off heat if the pan gets too hot. 
  3. Mash the banana and add it to the cooled jaggery syrup
  4. In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients and add banana mixture and fried coconuts to make a smooth dough.
  5. Make desired size of round balls and deep fry till golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with hot tea! 
Ripe Banana Sweet Balls| Undan Pori

Have some ripe bananas? get to making Undan Pori today! and workout tomorrow! :-P

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