What should my first dish be? There was no hesitation in deciding that it had to be a sweet dish. It meant that it had to be 'Pua' which is an all time favourite dish for my entire family. My four year old nephew loves this dish, but eats Pua only if it is called Banana Pakoda. Munchkin this is for you.
The major difference between this recipe and the recipes of pua/malpua available elsewhere is that this Pua contains sugar & doesn't need to be dipped in sugar syrup.
- Milk :500 ml
- Sugar :300 gms
- Maida(Flour) : 250 gms
- Kismis(Raisin) : few pieces
- Cardamom powder : 1/4 tsp
- Desiccated Coconut : few slices
- Banana : 4-5 nos
- Oil for frying
Boil milk and cool. Add sugar to the milk and let it dissolve. After the sugar is completely dissolved add the maida to the milk. Mix well so that you get a very smooth batter. There shouldn't be any lumps in the batter. The batter should not be very thin. If the batter looks thin add some more maida for a thicker batter. Let the batter rest for half an hour. Meanwhile chop the raisin & the coconut slices. After half an hour add the raisin, cardamom powder, coconut and mashed bananas to the batter & mix well.
Heat oil in a kadhai. Pour a ladle of the batter in to the kadhai. The pua will puff up like a puri. Cook on low heat till both the sides turn golden brown.
Pua can be had on its own or with Rabdi. Pua is also a good accompaniment for mutton curry.
Do not keep the batter for a very long time after adding the bananas. If you do not want to make pua out of the entire batter add bananas only to that portion of the batter that you will use.