Marvelous Malvani Malpua

MMM…….Mother’s Day Special! Easy, delectable, nutritious, vegetarian breakfast that kids can make for mom.

Indian recipe for easy, nutritious, eggless , multi-grain, vegetarian pancakes flavored with banana, cardamom and nutmeg.
Indian recipe for easy, nutritious, eggless , multi-grain, vegetarian pancakes flavored with banana, cardamom and nutmeg.

As Mother’s day is approaching, I started thinking of a recipe that would be super easy for kids to make for their mom. Little did I know that after thinking of many different recipes, Malvani malpua would pop in my head. One of my Aai’s (mom’s) childhood memories that was very close to her heart was the one with a story about malpua in Malvan, India. I learned all about cooking from my Aai, so this post celebrates my dearest Aai and my memories of her – both of which I hold very close to my heart.

Today, as we made the malpuas, I was happy to share the stories with my daughter. She made the fruit decorations for mom’s plate too. Of course, her first question was ‘what are malpuas?’

Malpuas vary from region to region in India. But generally, malpuas are made of a batter made  with all-purpose flour or maida, semolina and sugar. Spoonfuls of the batter are dropped in hot ghee and deep fried into puris . They are then soaked in sugar syrup in Malvan and Maharashtra area. In northern parts of India, malpuas are topped with a condensed milk rabdi.

In developing this recipe, I ventured into trying malpuas with whole wheat flour, semolina and ragi flour. Also adding bananas to the batter is my twist on a malpua recipe. Isn’t that such a delectable and nutritious combination for mom? Plus, these are not deep fried either. They are made into little pancakes on a griddle and topped with honey or molasses (my favorite).

The batter is super easy to make and just needs to rest for ½ an hour before making the  malpuas. If your mom wakes up super early (like I do), this batter can made in advance and refrigerated the night before.

The silky smooth malpua batter for Malvani Malpua
The silky smooth malpua batter for Malvani Malpua

So early morning on Mother’s Day, remove the batter from refrigerator, let the batter come to room temperature while you make your fruit flowers and get the platter ready for mom.

Mother's day watermelon flowers by kids
Mother’s day watermelon flowers by kids

Then make the  malpuas

Easy,eggless, nutritious recipe for Indian pancakes flavored with banana ,cardamom and nutmeg
Pouring the batter for the Malvani Malpuas. Cook on low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. They will develop holes in them and puff up as they cook. Drizzle with honey and serve!

These easy to make, delicious, nutritious and unique Malpuas are sure to be a treat for Moms on Mother’s day!

Marvelous Malvani Malpuas

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

For the batter-

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed or 1 (8 ounce) cup of mashed bananas
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup semolina or sooji
  • ¼ cup ragi satva flour (more about ragi satva here)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk. I used 1 percent milk.
  • ½ teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

To make the  malpuas-

  • 1 tablespoon ghee

To serve-

  • Honey or molasses

To make the Marvelous Malvani Malpuas-

  1. Combine all ingredients for the batter in a blender and blend until you have a smooth mixture. Cover and set aside for a minimum of half an hour. It can be at room temperature for up to a couple of hours or can be stored overnight in the refrigerator. When making the malpua pancakes, make sure the batter is at room temperature. Add the baking soda and mix it in the batter in a circular motion.
  2. Grease a non –stick pan lightly with ghee, over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, pour a ladle full of batter on it to make pancakes about 3 inches in diameter. (See photo) Do not spread the batter around. Drizzle a few drops of ghee around it and let it cook.
  3. The malpuas will puff up and have holes in them as they cook. Flip and cook on other side. Timing will be about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Drizzle with honey or molasses and serve!

Note- Children should be always be supervised by an adult when making the malpuas and the fruit flowers and decorations.

Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love,

Sandhya

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. CreativeSiba says:

    Sandhya
    To be honest I can’t stop eating Malpua once I see it
    I have go for it right now

    Awesome post 😍

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Sibananda. Yes malpuas are addictive, aren’t they?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. CreativeSiba says:

        Yes dear
        If you ever come to Jagannath Temple in Puri Odisha just let me know !I swear the Best of Bests Malpuas are served to Lord Jagannath and devotees to get these as Prashad.
        Thanks 🙏

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Sounds so yummy 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Awesome share.. looks delicious.. perfect for any special occasion 😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Lathiya! Yes they are perfect for any special occasion!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Aditi Pallod says:

    Yay! This is exactly what I needed for my mom! Thank you, Sandhya! 🙂 Would you happen to have an easy, healthy cake recipe too? 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Hi Aditi,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so sorry for the late reply. Somehow the comments did not show up until now. I hope you had a great Mother’s day and made the malpuas.
      I have some simple cake recipes on the blog and am planning to post few more.

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  4. Archana says:

    Sandhya! These look amazing! I do not have Ragi flour, any substitute or can it be skipped?

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Archana, I added the ragi satva flour for extra nutrition.If you don’t have it, you can substitute with more of the wheat flour too.
      Let me know how you like them.

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  5. JIN says:

    Delicious! They look awesome, Sandhya. Happy mother’s day!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Jin!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! Truly appreciate your kind gesture!

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  6. Lina says:

    Sounds amazing! 😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Lina!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Happy Mothers Day Sandhya, the Malpua are beautiful and sound delicious like pancakes. Hoping you have a wonderful day and those fruit flowers are adorable, love the presentation.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Suzanne! Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day with your sweet Percy!

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  8. Aaru's Mom says:

    Wow these look lovely, beautiful presentation as usual as much as I am sure they tasted just as yumm! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much! yes they did taste yummy.Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Awesome recipe…just loved it !!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Anshu! I really appreciate you telling me this.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. reocochran says:

    I’ll try the toppings on my whole wheat pancakes with melted butter, milk and eggs. I have to use the complete recipe of I will melt this summer into too low of weight! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sandhya says:

      Wow Robin, I have to learn from you how to lose weight. I eat too much and then expect to lose weight 🙂

      Like

  11. jyo says:

    This is awesome 👌

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