Banana Fritter is a type of Filipino snack. It is a fried concoction made from ripe “Saba” banana or plantains. The bananas can either be sliced or mashed. It is then mixed with a batter composed of flour, sugar, vanilla, and egg. A fritter is defines as a mixture (such as a batter) that includes either fruit or meat. Maruya obviously falls under the category.
Banana is a healthy food. I enjoy eating maruya for breakfast. This also makes a great snack. I like it best with a cup of black coffee on the side. How do you enjoy eating your maruya?
As I’ve mentioned, there is more than one way to prepare the banana. Some people slice it in half, while others prepare it by slicing thinly crosswise. I’d say, do as you please. Personally, I prefer mashing the bananas because they are easier to cook that way. In addition, it also makes the mixture more flavorful.
Tips in Cooking Maruya
- When making Banana Fritters, make sure that you are using ripe bananas. Unripe bananas are quite bitter and will not give you the expected sweet taste. Here is a guide on how to ripen bananas.
- Try using a cup of oil initially for every batch. Add more as necessary. Doing this will prevent the mixture from absorbing excess oil.
- Don’t forget to roll your fried maruya in sugar after cooking. This makes it taste better.
Try this quick and easy Banana Fritter (Maruya) recipe. Let me know what you think.
Banana Fritter Recipe
- 6 pieces banana saba or plantain variety, ripe (mashed)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 piece egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup fresh milk
- 3/4 cups cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix well.
- Gradually add the mashed bananas while mixing.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Heat half of the oil in a pan.
- When the oil becomes hot, scoop about 1/2 cup of the mixture and then pour in the pan (add the remaining oil in the next batches).
- Fry both sides until the color turns golden brown.
- Sprinkle the remaining sugar on both sides.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!
Hazel Heyer says
You’re so good teaching me how to cook Pinoy food and even explaining the minute details. Ang linis pa ng work area mo and Ganda ng mga kitchen tools and equipment mo. Nakakainggit tuloy.
Where do you buy Saba? I think you should have a tv show Van. Sige good luck.
loved this one. i used lady fingers banana. my Aussie hubby and my father-in-law both loved it. Thank you
Jovet De La Torre says
This is one simple and easy to make recipe! So delish! Thank you! I’m an ardent follower for the past 8 or so years now, and I’ve seen you grow and improve, now with millions of subscribers! Many more scrumptious recipes to come! All the best! More power!
What is the alternative of fresh milk if not available and no time to go in grocery
Vanjo Merano says
evaporated milk is a good alternative. You can also prepare it using powdered milk.
Hi Sir Vanjo, pwede po ba ‘tong e bake using this recipe?
Thanks for this recipe Sir Vanjo! My mom is craving for these and suddenly saw your recipe, it was really good. Your website is really good for us pinoys. If you want to improve your website, feel free to email me because I’m a web designer. Thank you! 🙂
Adi Alas-as Posas says
hi chef! love this recipe. mashed bananas’ nice too, it makes the fritter melt in your mouth. first time i cooked this snack and it tastes really good. im not praising my cooking but your recipe. btw, i used brown sugar for mine which turned out ok as well.im not much of a cook but with this site it seems i know how to, haha! thanks so much!
I’m not a fan of banana at all but it seems the ‘bulilit’ inside me likes to eat..
will try this recipe later 🙂
A million thanks Sir for sharing…. 🙂
Albert dela Rama says
Asise from SABA, What other type of Banana I can use??
Vanjo Merano says
Bert, thanks for your feedback. That is how I liked my bananas — mashed. The baking powder helps to expand it a bit so that it won’t be as thin as pancakes. If the texture is not appealing to you, try slicing the bananas in half lengthwise or thinly slice diagonally instead of mashing them.