Banana Malpua (Fried Indian Pancake for Diwali)

Malpua is an Indian pancake-like dessert fried in oodles of ghee and sugar syrup. The traditional sweet has been a festive staple since eons. For the longest time in Indian households, malpuas were associated with something celebratory. This is very popular in Northern and Eastern part of the country and the history goes back to the days of Aryans. This mouthwatering dish is prepared nowadays during Eid or Holi or during Diwali.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 5 pods green cardamom, crushed, or more to taste

  • 7 saffron strands, or more to taste

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup semolina flour (suji)

  • 7 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel seeds (saunf)

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch baking soda (Optional)

  • ¾ cup sunflower oil

  • 4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

  • 8 slivered almonds, or more to taste

  • 8 raisins, or more to taste


  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Remove from heat and keep warm.

  2. Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar and water to a boil in another saucepan. Add cardamom and saffron. Boil until syrup is thick and sticky, 4 to 7 minutes. Pour syrup into a bowl and place it over warm water to keep warm.

  3. Blend warmed milk, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, bananas, flour, semolina, condensed milk, fennel, salt, and baking soda in a food processor until smooth, not be too thick or too runny. Cover and let rest, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

  4. Heat oil and ghee in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Drop 1 large spoonful of batter into the center to make a 2-inch pancake. Cook until edges turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and fry until both sides are golden, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool. Repeat with remaining batter.

  5. Dunk cooled pancakes into the syrup, one by one. Garnish with almonds and raisins.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of dipping syrup. The actual amount of syrup consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

429 Calories
11g Fat
80g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 429
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 253mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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