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Malpua with Banana & Ricotta Cheese


  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 3 tbs ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • ghee for frying
  • 1/4 c water if needed

Sugar syrup (chashni)

  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 C water
  • a few strands saffron

For garnish : - a few chopped nuts


Make the batter :

  1. In a bowl mash the bananas and then mix everything together.
  2. I usually just use a hand blender and mix. The consistency should be like a pancake batter, so use water if your batter looks thick.
  3. Keep this aside for about an hour.

Make the (sugar syrup)

  1. In a heavy pan, put together sugar, water, cardamom powder and the saffron
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat.
  3. Once it starts boiling, switch to medium heat and let simmer until the syrup thickens – about 15 minutes
  4. At this point do a consistency check -What you want is a single thin string consistency
  5. Stir the syrup with a spoon and then lift the spoon up – lift a tiny amount of the syrup with your forefinger and press the forefinger to your thumb.
  6. Now gradually separate the thumb and the forefinger – if the sugar syrup is of ‘one string’ consistency, you should be able to see a single string between your thumb and forefinger. You do not want a thick string for the Malpua.
  7. Once you achieve this consistency, your sugar syrup is ready.
  8. Add in three to four Tbs of water to this, bring to a quick boil and keep this warm until further use.

The frying

  1. Take a small wok/ medium kadai and heat ghee, you will need about a cup of ghee to heat.
  2. Once it is hot, reduce temperature to medium high and pour 1/4 C of batter into the ghee to fry.
  3. Once it fries up on one side it will be easy to flip over and cook on the other side.
  4. Remove from ghee, immerse in sugar syrup for a couple of seconds, lift up carefully and place on a wire rack or plate, garnish with dry fruits of choice.
  5. Let them rest a few minutes before serving. Best served within a couple of hours of frying. These do not store well.