Banana Roundies

Banana Roundies for Kids
Banana Roundies for Kids

When I started this blog in January this year, I had no idea that within 6 months I’ll be publishing the 50th post. When I started out, there were something like 15-20 recipes at most in my list. Frankly these many posts would not have been possible had it not been for the encouragement from fellow moms and their contribution towards recipes. So it is only fitting that the 50th post is a guest recipe. This recipe is from Meghana, who is Devansh’s friend’s mom.

Her son, Abhinav who is 13 months old, is always super-happy when he comes out to play in the colony garden. Meghana has worked as a clinical nutritionist at Tata Memorial Center in Parel and Kharghar for 5 years. She has now chosen to be a full-time mother like me. She has sent me the recipe of a Konkani dish called “Kelyache Mulka”. Meghna has given it a fun name, “Banana Roundies”.

Meghna with Abhinav
Meghna with Abhinav

From this point onwards I have mostly retained Meghana’s words.

Meghna writes: I happened to make the banana roundies when Abhinav fell sick with viral infection a few months ago. His appetite was at its lowest best. He just didn’t want to eat anything. Then at the end of the day I happened too see two-three large bananas which were a wee bit more ripe than I would want them to be. That’s when I felt too guilty to throw them but to uncomfortable to eat them.

So I made these banana roundies. And whooa… the experiment was successful. Abhinav had 7-8 such roundies making up for almost the entire day’s caloric intake. This is a calorie-dense dish but it is ideal when children go into this starvation mode. These roundies contain iron, potassium and good quality fat (PUFA and little MUFA) derived from coconut. I hope you all try this dish.

Banana Roundies Recipe

Recipe of calorie-dense banana roundies (banana fritters) ideal for active toddlers and kids.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed banana just a wee bit more ripe not dehydrated
  • 1 cup sooji Semolina
  • 1 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1 cup grated jaggery Use chickki gud as it is easier to mix
  • 2-3 cardamom seeds powdered
  • Oil or ghee clarified butter for deep frying

Instructions

  • Take mashed bananas in a bowl.
  • Add coconut, grated jaggery, sooji, and powdered cadomoms, and then mix the mixture properly.
  • Make lemon-sized balls of the mixture.
  • Heat a kadai and after it is hot add oil or ghee. (DO NOT use olive oil for deep frying here.)
  • Deep-fry the banana roundies till they are dark brown in color so that they get cooked properly from inside.

Notes

If you do not want to deep-fry the banana roundies, you can make them using a non-stick appam pan as follows:
Brush some oil or ghee on the individual sections of the pan.
Add the mixture in each section and then keep the pan on the gas burner.
After one side of the roundies is properly cooked, flip them to cook the other side. (The non-deep-fried ones taste yummy as well.)

10 thoughts on “Banana Roundies”

  1. Lovely, thx Mukta and Meghana. My daughter is off food for some unknown reason! I am tired and was going thru ur blog for some kiddie recipes. This sure sounds yummy, might try it tonight.

  2. Meghana had mentioned that she had given her son these Banana roundies when he wasn't keeping well and was refusing to eat food…she had said it made up for his calorie intake…so in such cases I guess u can give ur baby these roundies as a meal but on days s/he is feeling fine give him/her a balanced meal (During the entire day your child needs to get grains+vegetables+fruits+protein+fats (good fats poly and mono-unsaturated ones)

    1. We grew up eating these mulke. Whenevr the bananas went over ripe we had these. Loved them. Have lived a full healthy life. Don’t stress too much about the fried bit. Our other recipes balance it out. I remember us squabbling over the last one ! :))

  3. @Sonia: I checked with Meghana and this is what she wrote "Yes in the fridge.2 -3 days it remains aaram se . remove it two hours prior to eating if you want them to be a little soft again."

  4. Hi Mukta,

    You are doing a great job….I made these roundies for my son but I used dates powder instead of sugar/jaggery. Coz my little one does not like jaggery and mom in me can not compromise with sugar…………. Well my idea worked and he liked the roundies with dates…
    thanks and take care
    sonia

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