Malapua (dessert)

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Malapua, মালপোয়া, ଅମାଲୁ
Malapua Odia cuisine.jpg
Alternative names
Type Dessert
Place of origin
India, Bangladesh
Region or state
Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra
Main ingredients
Plain flour, rice flour, sugar, coconut
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Malapua is an pancake served as a dessert or a snack. which is also served to Jagannath in his Sakala Dhupa (Morning food served to the lord). It is During Paush Sankranti, Malapuas are prepared in Bengali homes. Malapuas along with mutton curry is served in many non-vegetarian Maithil homes during Holi.[1]

Malapua for Raja festival

What is known as "malpua" in West Bengal would be referred to as a type of halwa in Bangladesh. These are regional differences. Recipes vary between individuals and not necessarily regions.

Malapua and its varieties[edit]

The batter for malapua in some areas is prepared by crushing ripe bananas or (in Bangladesh) coconut, adding flour, and water or milk. The mixture is sometimes delicately seasoned with cardamoms. It is deep fried in oil, and served hot. The Bihari version of this dish has sugar added to the batter prior to frying, while the method prevalent in Orissa has the fritters dipped in syrup after they are fried.

Malapua is popular in Bangladesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Maharashtra and Nepal where it is served during festivals along with other sweets. Amalu (Malapua) is one of the Chapana Bhoga of Lord Jagannath and included in the Sanja Dhupa (evening dhupa).[2] Other variations of Malapua use pineapples or mangoes instead of bananas. Bengali, Maithili and Oriya malapua is traditionally made only with thickened milk and a little flour (sometimes rice flour instead of wheat flour).

Malapua in northern India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan, don't contain fruit. There are several variations, using some or all of the following ingredients: maida (refined flour), semolina, milk, and yogurt. The batter is left to stand for a few hours before being spooned into a kadhai of hot oil to form a bubbling pancake which should be crisp around the edges. The pancakes are then immersed in a thick sugar syrup. Malapua is a popular sweet to make on the Hindu religious occasion of Holi. Malapua is served by a jagannath tempel in ahmedabad daily as prasaad.

Malapua in Nepal also known as Marpa is specially made in the Kathmandu Valley which uses maida, mashed up ripe bananas, fennel seeds, pepper corns, milk and sugar into a batter and prepared in a similar way as in India.

Malpua is a famous dish during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Muslim families across India, as well as Pakistan prepare malpuas for iftar (meal to break the fast). This malpua includes maida, rawa, and khoya/ mawa (milk solids), and is deep fried to take the shape of a pancake. In some recipes, malpuas are dipped in sugar syrup before serving.

Here is the recipe for malpua - a Ramadan dish:[3]

Ingredients: 150 grams maida

40 grams rawa

100 grams sugar

100 grams mawa

1/4 tsp. baking powder

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Almonds and pistachios pounded

1 cup oil


1. In a bowl, add rawa, maida, and baking powder. Make it into a thick paste by adding water. Let it stand for 6 – 8 hours.

2. Beat the eggs, sugar, crumbled mawa, and the dry fruits. Blend in the milk to make a thick batter. Consistency is important – it’s a batter, not a paste.

3. Malpuras are deep fried. Heat oil, on medium fame, enough for deep frying – preferable one cup or enough to cover the bottom of your vessel.

4. Pour the batter into the oil to make round pancakes. You may want to use a deep spoon and carefully pour in the batter, similar to making dosas.

5. Remove the pancakes on absorbent paper towels. Your malpuras are ready to serve.

Malpuas can be served with malai (clotted cream). People with a sweet tooth prefer dipping malpuras in sugar syrup before serving.

Bengali malapua recipe[edit]

This variety is a recipe of fried malapua. There are also versions in which it is dipped or drenched in sugar solution then served.



Mix the ingredients to make a moderately thick batter. Sugar can be added if more sweetness is desired. If making a larger quantity always have five times as much plain flour as rice flour to keep the batter together. Pour a quarter cup of batter and pour into a pan with oil. Several pancakes may be cooked at any given time, but each piece must be submerged under the oil in order to cook properly. Cook for about ten minutes and then let it cool for two minutes for an ideal flavor.

(makes 50)

Ingredients :

  • 500 ml ghee
  • Cardamom 50 g
  • Fennel seed 20 g
  • Semolina 500 g

Preparation :

Heat ghee in a deep kadhai (wok). Mix semolina with water to make a thick batter. Mix cardamom, fennel seeds and 10 g of sugar. Fry the batter in hot ghee and dip in sugar syrup.

Oriya malapua recipe[edit]

Amalu is a generic term used for the Sanja dhupa of Jagannath temple and several types of Amalu (Bada Amalu, Sana Amalu) are offered to the lords as the Sanja Dhupa(evening dhupa).

Ingredients: For Amalu

  • 250 ml of Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp of refined Flour
  • 3-4 tbsp of Ghee/oil for frying
  • 1 tsp of Roasted fennel seeds

For Sugar Syrup (Sira/Raseni)

  • 200 gm of Sugar
  • Rind of 1 sweet lime
  • 200 ml of Water

Preparation: Combine yogurt, flour and fennel seeds. Stir until a smooth batter is formed. Heat ghee/oil in a pan and make dumplings by frying a spoonful of the batter at a time over a gentle flame. Remove from the pan and drain. Prepare the syrup with sugar, water and rind. Dip the Malapuas into the syrup. At home it can be garnished with sweet lime segments and cream. It can be decorated with silver leaf. It is served hot/cold. [4][5]