Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns

Do you want to use your overripe Bananas and looking for something different? Bored of making this whole wheat Banana pancakes or whole wheat Banana bread or Banana smoothie? Then you are at the correct place. Try this Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns. 

Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns served with coconut chutney and no onion no garlic Baingan Bharta

Though the name says buns, it is not baked. It is fried, mildly sweet puri made using overripe bananas and flour. Typically these puris are made with all-purpose flour or maida. I have replaced the all-purpose flour here with whole wheat flour as I am avoiding all-purpose flour as much as I can.  

So what is Mangalore Buns?

Mangalore Buns is a deliciously soft and fluffy puri made using overripe bananas and a popular breakfast or a tea time snack served in the coastal region of Karnataka. This Mangalore Buns or puris are mildly sweet. As the batter is fermented, the puris have a soft and spongy texture. These puris are generally served with spicy chutney or sambhar. They can be enjoyed on its own too. 

Mangalore Buns all presented in a plate

I had shortlisted to make this puri last year itself but was skeptical as it had a hint of sweetness. But recently when I saw the pics on Mayuri Jikoni’s Blog, I was sure I am making this sooner than later. Mayuri Patel who has a wonderful blog has recipes across the world and manages our Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group. 

Coming to Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group, this month Jayashree Trao who blogs at Evergreen Dishes, asked us to prepare any dish from the Udupi Cusine. Jayashree has a wonderful collection of different lip-smacking recipes. I have to try her Drumstick Leaves Dal with coconut, a wonderful way to add some drumstick leaves to your diet.

So if you are a follower of my blog, you will know that we are assigned partners in this challenge. This month my partner was Priya Satheesh who blogs at Priya’s Menu gave me 2 secret ingredients as Ghee and Curd and I made this Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns. 

Mangalore Buns served with coconut chutney and no onion no garlic Baingan Bharta

I gave her Coconut Oil and hing (Asafoetida) and she prepared this Uddinahittu. A curry made using urad dal flour, curd, and a few spices. Now, this is a completely new recipe to me and a good use or Urad dal too apart from regular Idli, Dosa, or Medu vada or this char dal.

Priya has a wonderful blog and she has a collection of more than 100 chutneys on her blog. I have already shortlisted her Coriander Seeds Chutney and Gobi & Beetroot Chutney

Planning to prepare Mangalore Buns

Making these Mangalore buns requires a bit of planning. That is some time beforehand. So if you are planning to make it for breakfast or lunch make the dough in the night and if for evening snacks try to make it early morning. The dough needs to ferment for at least 7-8 hours before. Of course, the fermentation process will also depend on how hot the weather is. 

Close up look of Mangalore Buns

I made the dough in the night, as was planning for lunch, and the weather was cold here. However, I could not make it the next day and had to keep the dough in the fridge for 1 whole day. As expected the dough had a slow and long fermentation process but the taste of the buns turned out to be very delicious. 

The texture of the Mangalore Buns

Process of Mangalore Buns

The recipe is quite simple and I have adapted this recipe from here, with my modifications. I reduced the sugar to half a used whole wheat flour. Instead of Vanaspati or dalda I used ghee.

All you do is make a dough using pureed overripe banana, curd, sugar, salt, ghee, and flour. Mix everything and make a stiff but soft dough. The dough would be a bit wet and sticky, but that is fine. Let the dough cover with a slightly wet muslin cloth and let it rest at normal temperature for 7-8  hours. The longer the better.

The dough will be elastic after that long fermentation process. Just knead it lightly and then roll out puris and fry them in hot oil. Serve it hot with some spicy chutney or curry. I have served it with coconut coriander chutney and my favorite spicy no onion no garlic Baingan Bharta.

Frying of the puris

Here goes the recipe of Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns 

Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns served with coconut chutney and no onion no garlic Baingan Bharta

Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns

Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns is a deliciously soft and fluffy puri made using overripe bananas and flour and is a popular breakfast or a tea time snack served in the coastal region of Karnataka.
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Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Udupi
Keyword: Banana, Curd, Whole Wheat flour
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Fermentation Time: 8 hours
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • Wok for Frying


  • 2 Medium Sized Ripe Bananas
  • 4 Cups Whole Wheat flour (Approximately 1/2 Kg)
  • 5 Tablespoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Sour Curd
  • 2 tablespoon melted Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Making of the dough
  • Peel and slice the bananas.
  • In a blender add in the bananas, salt, sugar, and curd.
  • Puree them all together into a fine paste.
  • In a wide bowl add in the flour and baking soda and give a quick mix.
  • Add in the pureed paste, ghee and make a soft but stiff dough.
    Whole Wheat flour added to the wet mixture
  • You would not need any additional water to make the dough.
    The kneaded dough
  • Once the dough is needed, cover it with a clean and damp muslin cloth or a clean kitchen towel.
    Dough covered with clean kitchen towel
  • Let this rest on the counter for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  • The dough would be elastic once it has rested enough, i.e. after the fermentation process.
    The fermented dough
  • Making of Buns.
  • Give the dough a good knead and divide it into equal size portions. Around 1 inch in diameter.
    Lemon Sized Ball
  • Heat oil in a large wok for deep frying.
  • In the meantime, roll out puris into a circular shape around 3 inches in diameter.
    Rolling out of puri
  • I use oil for rolling, one can use dry flour.
  • One can make a batch and keep it aside. Do not keep it one above the other but on the sides, else they might stick.
    Rolled out Puris
  • Check if the oil is hot, by dropping a tiny bit of dough into the oil. The oil is hot enough when the dropped, the dough comes up immediately.
  • Fry this on both sides until golden brown.
  • Serve it with Coconut Coriander Chutney or enjoy it as a tea time snack.


  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • One can use All Purpose Flour/Maida/Plain flour instead of whole wheat flour
  • I have used locally available banana
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21 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Mangalore Buns”

    • They have a tiny bit of sweetness in them not much. But it pairs well with spicy chutney or spicy gravy. We loved it.

  • The buns look so soft and fluffy and the mild moistness due to addition of banana..use if whole wheat flour is a good choice. I think I should try it sometime soon

  • 5 stars
    I still have to try these fluffy pooris/buns.. another good way to use overripe bananas.mildly sweet buns will go so well some spicy chutney. Pics look so good I am tempted to try this soon.

  • 5 stars
    I love Mangalore Buns, with their hint of sweetness. Yours look so perfect, beautifully puffed up. I’m sure they tasted absolutely delicious!

    I’ve never had a chance to try making Mangalore Buns at home. Now, I’m sorely tempted to. 🙂

  • 5 stars
    wow! This is a completely new recipe for me! I had never heard of bananas in Puris till now and actually I think the only sweet Indian bread that I can think of right now is Puran Poli. We have very limited deep frying in our home but with monsoons coming soon, I am sure it will start and then i can try this out too. Thank you for sharing and making it with whole wheat flour! I don’t even have maida in my kitchen 😮 so for once I won’t have to replace in a recipe 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Mangalore Buns have come out so soft and have puffed up well. Its such a tasty flatbread to have with curries and tea too. I’m tempted to make them again soon after seeing your clicks. I like the idea of fermenting the dough overnight which I didn’t do.

  • 5 stars
    Mangalore buns looks fluffy, colorful and very tasty Renu. It is in my do list from long time, have banana’s at home will try it. Loved the way you made it healthy using wheat flour.

  • Making Mangalore Buns is one of the best way to use up over ripe bananas and kids will love it. Yours look so puffed up and I am tempted to make this dish right away.

  • 5 stars
    Mangalore Buns looks so soft and have puffed up well Renu. I always tempt to make theese using over ripe banana. Your post is reminding me to try soon again 🙂

  • Such a detailed and clear post. Buns look absolutely divine and puffed up so beautifully which is very inviting. Glad to be your partner for this challenge and thanks for the mention 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Mayuri’s post tempted me too and Your Mangalore buns looks so soft and perfectly puffed up. I would love to enjoy them with spicy curry or chutney.

  • 5 stars
    Mangalore buns and chutney is what my husband looks forward to on rainy days. It reminds him of his childhood. These looks so well done, he is rolling his eyes at me now… it is long since we made them

  • I used maida but the dough turned sticky. Added 3 ripe bananas, 1/4 curd and 3 cups maida. Please help me resolve this. Have kept the batter as it is.

    • You have added more banana. Did you even add water while making dough? As you have kept in fridge it should turn a bit okay now. If not add some more flour slowly 1 spoon at a time and knead it without adding any water. Use oil or ghee to knead it again little by little. You should be able to get the dough in shape, it however is a bit sticky. If you are not able to make puris, make paratha they would taste yum too

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