Malpua (Sweet Indian Pancakes)

Malpua are fritters or pancakes served as a dessert or a snack in the Indian subcontinent. They are commonly served in West Bengal during festivals, like Diwali, Holi.. In different parts of the country you will find a variation of this malpua, like the ones made with bananas, pineapples, mangoes and even with cottage cheese (paneer).

I like my malpua simple and so here is what I did:


Ingredients (makes 10)

  • Condensed milk – 1/2 tin (200 grams)
  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 50 grams
  • Semolina (suji/rava) – 100 grams
  • Warm water – 200 ml
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Baking powder – a pinch
  • Fennel seeds (Saunf) -1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil – for shallow frying

For sugar syrup:

  • Sugar –  3/4th cup ( you can even substitute it with jaggery…but reduce the quantity, then).
  • Water – 1 cup


Soak semolina in warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes.

To this, add condensed milk, flour, baking powder and the salt. Mix well.

In order to prepare the sugar syrup, mix sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Keep aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan. Pour a ladle full of batter into the oil to form small flat round shapes.

Fry the malpuas on one side and then  fry the other side till both sides are a nice golden brown. Do note to cook it at a low-medium flame only, else the malpuas will burn/insides won’t cook.

Drain the excess oil and immediately immerse in the sugar syrup. Leave it in the syrup for about 10 seconds and then  place it on the serving plate.

Serve hot with your afternoon Tea/Coffee 🙂


I’m sending this to ONLY-Sweets and Desserts event started by Pari from Foodelicious and guest hosted by Gayathri from Gayathri’s Cook Spot

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5 Responses to Malpua (Sweet Indian Pancakes)

  1. Biny Anoop says:

    Wow my mouth is waterg……love it

  2. Spicy Life says:

    This looks wonderful – will try it out this weekend! Do you have any pancake recipes that use bananas but aren’t too sweet? Thx!

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