Pinjiyappam – Banana Fritters

Coming back to work after a hectic weekend leaves you in a fix – was it actually a weekend or not? I guess a lot of working mothers would feel this way. The amount of laundry, cleaning, adjusting and all that you need to do seems to be never ending over the weekend! Whenever it is weekend, I promise myself that I am not going to do anything for the day and I am going to relax. But somehow, when I start sitting simply, I feel so bored that I walk into the kitchen and then just make something, that kind of drains my energy that was reserved for making dinner! Does that happen to you all as well?


Coming to today’s recipe is another easy peasy snack that my umma makes when we have some ripe bananas staring at us, with nobody ready to eat. Personally, I like the half ripe, hard to bite bananas. It seems they have lower fat compared to ripe bananas, because the sugars are yet to be released. But if those ripe bananas are converted into this, then it is really difficult to stop it with one or two! You just keep munching on them, sipping the tea in between, till your hand searches in the plate for more and then you realize that you have finished all of them in that sitting!!! Contagious, it is!



Pinjiyappam - Banana Fritters

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour maida
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 large ripe plantain/ 2 ripe bananas/ 4-5 small ripe bananas nicely mashed
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar adjust according to banana's sweetness
  • 1 pinch baking powder
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying


  • Combine all the ingredients from flour to salt into a bowl and mix well. Add water only if needed, because the bananas will facilitate the binding.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan till really hot. When you drop a bead, it would float up.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter and fry on medium heat till the fritters are browned.
  • Savour warm with a cup of chai!

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  1. Very quick and yummy…

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  2. that's a nice one…looks very delicious…will try sometime

    1. thank u so much kaveri…

    1. thank u so much fajeeda…

  3. I too make this , love this simple but yummy treat a lot ……

    1. thank u so much nayana…

  4. all time family snack! and i concur, finish them 'all in a sitting!

    1. thank u so much jehanne…

    1. thank u so much shey…

  5. Rafeeda, we are in the same boat..weekends is always as busy as weekdays. I know exactly how you feel. Btw, i love banana fritters..

    1. thank u so much dear…

  6. Is it pazham pori's mashed form ,anyway looks tempting can finish in one sitting.

    1. haha… good observation! kind of u can say… πŸ™‚

  7. Hahaha agree with meena Pazham pori mashed form..:-) Looks delicious Rafee πŸ™‚ I give this a try soon.

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much ruxana…

    1. thank u so much nursha…

  8. Haha, true.. Can't stop myself from eating 1 or 2 and that too with hot chai in btwn πŸ˜‰

    1. thank u so much chitra… πŸ™‚

  9. Wow.. I have tried pazham puris.. This looks nice n should be tried too

    1. u should try them, sangeetha… thanks a lot!

  10. Oh my…these Banana Fritters look wonderful and so delicious. I think I won't stop until the whole plate is gone too! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much amy… πŸ™‚

  11. Yum!! Looks great! Whenever we go for Hakka Chinese food we always get a dessert where it's a fried banana similar to yours. They drizzle honey on top and serve with a scoop of ice cream…it's awesome!

    1. thank u so much asiya…

  12. Just like what Meena n Rekha said, I too felt the same..a mashed form of pazham pori !New to me, will try out soon for sure!

    1. thank u so much priya…

  13. quick and yummy recipe. Will try very soon.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  14. thanks for sharing ..learn a new rrecipe frm u… banana fritter looks absolutely tasty

    1. Thank u so much…

  15. Yummy and simple recipe :):)

    1. Thank u so much… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much gayathri…

  16. Looks delicious and yummy.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  17. Yummy snack and easy to make too

    1. Thank u so much gajju…

  18. this is my favorite ! love it !it happens with me all the time πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much reni… πŸ™‚

  19. Awesome and tempting

    1. thank u so much shanthi…

  20. This looks like a variation of the traditional 'pazham pori'. So we can use any variety banana, not just 'nendran' right?

    1. Hi Rajani… you can use any banana – chiquita, mysore, any ripe banana… we hardly make this with nenthran… thanks a lot dear…

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