Maruya or Banana Fritters is one of my favourite merienda when I was in the Philippines. They sometimes place it in a bamboo stick and sometimes they shape it like a hand fans. I miss that moment especially after siesta that when we woke up way back in our childhood days, my tatay cooks us merienda delicacies like this maruya during hot summer day. We have abundance of banana in my grandma’s farm and at times we actually sell raw bananas, banana fritters or banana cue in front of our house. Those were the days…one of my fond memories of our dearest tatay. Just in time as Father’s day approaches I begin to remember happy moments of my father when he was still with us…missing him so much!
You can try the below recipe:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 6 to 10 pcs. ripe saba (banana plantain), peeled and sliced into 3 lengthwise
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- flour, for dredging
- 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.
Use sweet potato slices in place of bananas. About 2 medium sweet potatoes sliced 1/4″ thick.