Saturday, March 27, 2010

#230_Maruya or Banana Fritters

Maruya or Banana Fritters...
another popular Filipino snack using Saba bananas.

Saba Bananas a.k.a. cooking bananas
(this is kind of over ripe, but didn't want them to go to waste)

This variety of bananas is used for cooking different kinds of snacks.

Click here to check out a Turon recipe,
which is one snack using
Saba bananas.

Maruya, just like any other fritters, is made with batter then fried.
It is a very common merienda item in the Philippines
and it is pretty easy and also inexpensive to make.

Select ripe, but firm saba bananas and slice them lengthwise or in disks.

The batter should be a little thinner than pancake batter.

Batter for Crispy Maruya:
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp. baking powder
2/3 cup water

about 4-5 saba bananas, sliced lengthwise or in disks
canola oil for frying
white sugar for dredging

Mix ingredients for the batter, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
Dip slices of bananas in the batter, then fry in hot canola oil.

You can fry them individual slices or in clusters.
For clusters, slice the bananas in disks (crosswise) then dip in the batter.
Fry battered bananas in hot canola oil over medium low heat,
about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Drain fried maruyas in paper towel, then toss them in white sugar.



  1. we cook banana fritter at home too.. although we seldom make maruya, it's always turon or banana-q :D