A few months ago, I shared an image on Instagram and Facebook of a savoury snack I made on a rainy afternoon when home alone in London. Although London gets rainy anytime but its an old habit to indulge in sinful food when its raining. Usually we don’t keep any sweet or savoury snacks at home except cookies (calories police!) leaving me with only option to make some sweets at home. These Brown Banana Balls coated with white chocolate was ready in 15 minutes and gave my afternoon tea the warm, and irresistible company it needed, and they are moreish, don’t believe me, try yourself!
It’s Mother’s Day in the UK tomorrow. I was thinking what to cook for Mothers Day and finally decided to share this easy and traditional preparation with you all that I mastered from my Maa (mother) and Didimaa (grandmother), you can try this and treat your mum over a cup of tea or if you are a mother yourself, make them for your kids snack box.
These Brown Banana Balls or Kolar Bora(Kola= Banana, Bora=Fried balls) as Bengalis would call it, is crunchy outside and soft inside, this fritters are just perfect to munch on with a cup of coffee or tea or even for picnic as this taste delicious even when fritters get’s cold or even great for party or get-together snacks.
If you have ripe bananas at home then you should try this super easy snack in no time. Like always, I have added a modern twist and decided to serve them coated with white chocolate. It not only looks patterned but also adds extra flavour. The original preparation by my mother and grandmother doesn’t include this step though. Let’s share the sweetness!
Ingredients I Used:
2 – Ripe Banana
1/4 tsp – Cinnamon Powder
2 tablespoon self-raisin flour
2 tablespoon semolina (optional)
A Pinch – Salt
1/2 tsp – Baking Soda
1 Cup – Plain Flour (you may use rice flour)
1/4 Cup – Sugar
100gm -White cooking/baking chocolate
To Deep Fry – Vegetable Oil
- You can use nutmeg powder for more flavour.
- Adding semolina or desiccated coconut will add extra flavour and texture to it.
- You may use 2 table spoons water/milk if it requires. I didn’t need it as the bananas released enough water to make the paste thick enough.
Lets make now
Step one: Peel and mash well the banans well in a bowl or food processor. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, nutmeg (if using) and mix well until sugar dissolves.
Step two: Now plain flour, self-raisin flour, semolina, baking soda and give a good mix to avoid any lumps. If the dough is very thick add 2-3 tbsp of milk or water (I used water), don’t add too much of liquid as it will increase cooking time.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep fry pan for deep frying, drop 6-7 (don’t over crowd) medium size balls with hand or using ice cream scooper and cook in medium flame until both sides becomes golden brown.
Step four: Once done remove using slotted spoon and place over kitchen tissue to remove excess oil, fry remaining batter in batches.
Step five: Heat the white chocolate in microwave for 2 minutes. Dip the balls only from one side one by one and arrange them in a serving dish. The chocolate gets dried quickly and sits on the balls smoothly as top coat.
Step six: Serve hot or warm with a cup of tea of coffee and enjoy Brown Banana Balls or Bengali Kolar Bora.
Additional tips : You can increase the quantity of the sugar, flour depending how sweet the bananas are.You can also replace sugar with powder jaggery.
Crunchy outside yet soft delicious inside Brown Banana Balls.