Cooking reasonably is more of necessity these days when we are battling the evil of COVID-19 through lockdown in India and also in other parts of the world. Basically most of us are living on the Ghar ka Khana aka the homemade food aka the Barir Khabar. We at least are not ordering anything from outside and using the resources that we have at home after proper planning. This means my typical Bangali household is almost having no dessert or Mishti. The indulgence for sure is there yet we are controlling the craving for the obvious reason. I finally decided to make a few desserts with the ingredients available at home that involve minimum labor as well. The first thing I made was Kolar Bora aka Bengali Banana Fritters.
For the love of Bhaja Mishti!
Bhaja Mishti aka fried desserts is bad addiction yet I made some yesterday. A few bananas were available at home and I had coconut as well. I put together those with a few more ingredients and fried a batch of Kolar Bora. The daughter is at home and obediently maintaining whatever we are asking her to do. In this situation, I thought it is wise to give a thought to her sudden craving for bhaja mishti.
Kolar Bora, a healthy snack?
Can I really call a deep-fried delicacy healthy? I know I cannot. Yet, considering the ingredients and also the situation we are in, I am giving priority to mental health as well. Hence, a fritter prepared with ripe banana, coconut, jaggery and also rice flour is healthy for me though deep-fried.
Kolar Bawra, a snack or a dessert?
Does it matter? I am happy to have a dessert for a snack. Moreover, the process of making the Kolar Bawra is super easy. The Banana fritters can be stored for a few days as well. Considering all, I am happy with my dessert snack.
Here’s how I make Kolar Bora at Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Serves: 20 Fritters
- Calories: 132
- Fat: 6.1g
- Saturated fat: 1.8g
- Carbohydrates: 18.9g
- Sugar: 11.2g
- Sodium: 489mg
- Fiber: 0.9g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Paka Kola/ Ripe Banana: 2-3 (depending on the size of the banana)
- Scrapped Coconut: 1 Cup
- Atta/ Whole-wheat Flour: 1 Cup (and some extra to make the consistency right)
- Rice Flour: 2 Tbsp.
- Gur/ Jaggery: 1 Cup (grated)
- Salt: ¼ Tsp.
- Oil: for deep frying
- Mash bananas using a masher or your hands. It is better to use over-ripe bananas to make bora.
- Add scrapped coconut, whole wheat four and rice flour and also salt to the lump-free banana mash.
- Add Jaggery as well.
- Mix to make a thick batter.
- If the batter turns out to be slimy add some more wheat flour to adjust the consistency.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Once properly heated, keep the flame on the lower side.
- Now pour a dollop of the batter using a spoon or your fingers.
- You can fry 5-6 fritters per batch depending on the size of the pan.
- Fry the Bora from both sides until it is crisp and deep brown in color.
- Strain from the oil and place over tissue paper to soak excess oil
- Serve the Fritters in room temperature instead of hot as it consists of jaggery.
- You may store the fritters in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
I do not like to flavor the fritters with cardamom or other flavoring agents as I prefer the natural aroma of Banana and jaggery in my Kolar Bora. You may for sure add some cardamom powder if you wish to.
Kolar Bora Recipe Video!
Easy Bengali Dessert Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Bhapa Doi (also known as Bengali Steamed Yogurt)
- Kamala Bhog (also known as Kamalabhog)
- Dudh Puli (also known as Pooli pithe)
- Gokul Pithe (also known as Bengali Madan Gokul Pitha)
- Komola Kheer (also known as Kheer Komola | Bengali Orange Kheer | Komlalebur Payesh)
- Narkeli Jam Pitha (also known as jam pithe)
- Chaler Payesh (also known as Bengali Rice Kheer)
- Taler Bibikhana Pitha (also known as Taler Pithe or Sugar Palm Cake)
- Choshir Payesh (also known as choshi pitha)
- Gujiya, the Bengali sweet
- Rosh Bora (also known as Fritters served with Runny Sugar/ Jaggery syrup)
- Patishapta (also known as Bengali Patishapta Pitha)
- Baked Kesari Sandesh (also known as sugarfree sondesh)
- Taler Bora (also known as Sugar Palm Fritters)
Have you tried the Kolar Bora recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
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