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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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.


Happy Mother’s Day!









27 thoughts on “Marvelous Malvani Malpua

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      1. 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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    1. 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.


  1. Such a beautiful story to go with your recipe Sandhya. A lovely tribute to your Aai too. It does sound like your daughter has graced you with her presence for Mother’s Day? How lovely that must feel. My older daughter is on the west coast for work at the moment, so neither will be gracing me with their presence. But that’s ok, we don’t go crazy on Mother’s Day anyway. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Great post!


    1. 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.


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


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