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Bengali Kolar Bora


Bengali Kolar Bora

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 2 to 4 people

Authenticity Slice

As banana is sweet already, you must remember to regulate the sugar quantity in the recipe accordingly.

Trivia Tadka

Kolar Bora is a tea¬-time snack. ‘Kolar’ means ‘banana’ and ‘Bora’ means ‘pakora’. These banana pakoras are the preferred Bengali delicacy during the Janmashtami and Makar Sankranti festival holidays.


  • Ripe banana (kela) (2)
  • Rice flour (1 cup)
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) (1 tbsp)
  • Milk powder (2 tbsp)
  • Sugar powder (½ cup)
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder (1 tsp)
  • Baking powder (½ tsp)
  • Oil (for frying)


  • Peel the ripe bananas and mash them in a bowl.
  • Then, add in the sugar powder and mix well with a spatula.
  • Next, add in the maida, milk powder, cinnamon powder and baking powder and mix well again.
  • Make lemon-sized balls of the dough and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai and gently plop in 5 to 6 dough balls at a time.
  • Fry on medium-to-low heat till the Boras have begun to change their colour to dark brown. Transfer onto a kitchen towel to drain out any excess oil.
  • Serve with hot tea, or add on honey and serve as dessert.

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