Maruya or banana fritters are made of thinly sliced saba bananas dipped in batter, fried until golden brown and sprinkled lightly with white sugar.
Maruya is a Filipino snack usually sold as a street food that you can easily make at home.
Saba and plantain are abundant in the Philippines. That is the reason why we have many desserts or snacks made with bananas.
There are a few variants of maruya based on region. Some people mashed bananas before mixing with batter or add jackfruit (langka).
If saba or plantain bananas are not available sweet potatoes can be used instead.
Maruya's batter consistency should be similar to a pancake batter. Batter should not be runny nor too thick.
Heat oil in medium heat so batter doesn’t burn. Dip 2 slices of bananas in batter and fry side by side.
Once both sides are golden remove from pan. Coat maruya with a dusting of white sugar. Best served warm with coffee.
How to Make Maruya – Filipino Banana Fritters
Watch and see how easy it is to make maruya. Hope you enjoy this delicious Filipino snack.
In my video, I only used half of the recipe. Magluto na tayo! (Let’s cook)
Maruya – Filipino Banana Fritters
- 4 Saba bananas sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Oil enough to fry one side of banana
- Sift flour into a bowl.
- Add baking powder and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- Beat eggs. Add milk and oil. Beat for another minute.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Heat oil over medium heat. Oil should be just enough to fry one side of the banana.
- Dip 2 slices of saba banana in batter and fry.
- When cook transfer in a plate lined with paper towel.
- Roll bananas in sugar.
- For a crispier maruya replace 1/4 of flour with cornstarch.
- Plantain or sweet potato works as a substitute for saba banana.
- Although not traditional langka (jackfruit) can be added.
- Just pour enough oil to fry one side of the fritters.