Maruya : Classic Filipino Merienda

We have some balikbayans (my cousin-in-law and aunt) staying with us and my aunt actually hasn't been back here in the Philippines in 43 years! Can you imagine that? She has never gone home from New York since she left and so my husband and I have been going all out with touring her around and ofcourse stuffing her with FILIPINO food! After all, that's how we show hospitality right? Anyway, this afternoon I decided to make some MARUYA for our merienda since I have ample amount of saging na saba . It's the Filipino version of banana fritters and is a very popular afternoon snack.

Sharing with you this recipe which is easy and simple;


6 ripe saba (banana plantain)
1 egg
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup sifted flour
4 tbsp. sugar
oil, enough for frying

Procedure :

  1. Combine the dry ingredients (sifted flour and sugar.
  2. Mix the egg and milk together on a separate bowl.
  3. Cut the saba (banana plantains) lengthwise (into 2 or 3 pieces) or into thin pieces if you want to make the flat pancakes. Coat each piece with the dough.
  4. Fry in deep medium-high heat until golden brown. 
  5. Place in a plate lined with paper towel.
  6. Transfer to serving platter. 
  7. Serve hot
  8. *Option to sprinkle with sugar or powdered sugar.  



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