Indian Fried Banana Cakes (Mangalore Buns)

Indian Fried Banana Cakes (Mangalore Buns)Matt Taylor-Gross

In the tropical Udupi-Mangalore region on India's southwestern coast, you'll find a sweet and fragrant puri made with mashed ripe bananas and cumin. The combination works better than you might expect, and these sweet, earthy doughnuts, called Mangalore buns or banana puri, are served hot, for breakfast with tea, or for a with spicy coconut chutney as a snack. It's a tempting way to use up overripe leftover bananas, too.