Goan Sweet Buns – an appetising breakfast

Sweet Buns

Sweet bun is famous breakfast item from Goa and Manglore – Karnataka which are beautiful states from western India. And sweet buns will top the menu in any food joint from these cities. Though its called as buns but in fact its a kind of deep fried puri prepared using plain flour. Also they are sweet in taste due to added mashed bananas and sugar. As they are sweet in taste, one can enjoy it spicy gravy or simply with plain tea.

I am sharing here my version of Sweet buns. And this proportion will yield approximately 7-8 buns. Recipe is simple but requires some preparation as dough needs resting for few hours. I typically prepare the dough and rest it overnight. Then next day morning prepare buns for the breakfast.


2 cups of plain flour

1 ripe banana

1 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar (adjust sugar as per taste)

1/4 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt for taste

2 tbsp of thick curd (requires for kneading)

Oil for frying


Firstly mash the ripen banana and mix it together with dry ingredients. Knead the dough using thick curd. Absolutely do not use the water while kneading. In case you need more curd than given proportion then use it but 2 tbsp should be sufficient. Initially dough will be sticky but continue the kneading using stretch and fold method. Kneading is very important, thus give sufficient time for kneading and it will result into nice ball of dough.

Spread some oil on dough and cover it. Let it rest for 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.

After sufficient rest, divide the dough into small balls (about lemon size). And roll it into thick disc, ensure to keep it thick. Don’t aim for perfect round shape 🙂 as dough will be very soft. Dust some dry flour to help rolling.

Heat oil in the wok, once it is hot fry these buns on medium flame. Ensure oil is hot enough and once bun is in the wok fry it on medium flame. This will result into perfectly puffed buns.

Fry until buns are golden brown on both sides. Take out fried buns on paper towel to remove excess oil. Buns are ready to serve.

You can serve it with hot tea or with spicy gravy. We usually enjoy it for brunch with spicy gravy and fried Mirchi bhaji.

Hope you will like my recipe, let me know if any questions or feedback.

Happy eating 🙂

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