For the Indian Cooking Challenge this month, after the delicious Chettinad Vegetable Biryani, we travel to the neighboring state to discover yet another delicious dish.
I have been eyeing these Mangalore Buns for a long time. Yet I never got around making these as always. Guess unless we have a big list and endless hours, one might never do all the dishes one should taste. This was one of those dishes. We are not very much into including fruits or having a sweet based spicy dish. Even though parents reduced their spice intake over the years, we are not particular about including jaggery or anything sweet in our gravies. In fact, we would like to keep these separate.
My first exposure to this mixed taste was when I tasted Sweet Poli with Potato Brinjal Kurma, that’s a speciality of my in law’s place. For any festival as I say, Athamma mostly makes Poli and this kurma is a must. If you get the first bite, you will end up loving this combination. Though I have been making this, even sending it across to my parents, I don’t think they have even tried it.
So when I decided on this poori, I was thinking how they might like it. No questions about Hubby dear, however, he is traveling and luckily escaped this sweet torture. On the other hand, all of us enjoyed it. In fact, Amma said except the part of serving these pooris with Sambar and Coconut Chutney, Daddy was very impressed with it.
It has been a day of cooking with Banana today. For the first time, my experiment with Banana in bread turned out great. That’s another story for another day. Right now, enjoy these Mangalore Buns.
Coming to the recipe, this recipe uses bananas that are over ripe and just like Banana Breads, this is one recipe in India that makes the best use of ripe bananas. While my fruit basket features banana all through the day, and we ensure kids include it daily, there are a couple of times when some of them get to that overripe stage and we end up looking at various options to consume them. Most times we end up eating it as such, even though it’s not so good.
Today when I finally decided to make, I couldn’t find even one to use. So I ended up getting a new stock and the one I used wasn’t over ripe at all. I couldn’t do much and went ahead using it still.
So it’s not a worry, you can still make it with just ripe banana as well.