2021 Janmashtami Special Recipe: Kolar Bora (Banana Fritters)


Janmashtami is a Hindu festival where the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated. Hindus and people from other communities around the globe celebrate in many different ways. For example, Bengalis celebrate Janmashtami by serving Lord Krishna a variety of homemade sweets, especially those prepared with milk chenna (paneer/cottage cheese) and butter. It is believed that Lord Krishna loved it a lot. Among many sweets, “Kolar Bora” is one of the typical dishes made on the occasion of Janmashtami. It is ripe banana fritters made with a few simple ingredients.


  • Ripe bananas- 3 large
  • Semolina flour- ½ cup
  • Sugar- 3 tbsp. (Depending on the sweetness you prefer)
  • Oil- To deep fry
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Take a large bowl. Peel the bananas and add them to the bowl. With the help of a fork, mash the bananas, so there is no large piece of the banana left. It can also be mashed using the hands.
  2. After the bananas are completely mashed, add sugar gradually and mix it along with the bananas.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and remix it.
  4. Gradually add the semolina flour and mix it with the mashed bananas.
  5. The consistency should be thick enough to form into small balls. If needed, you can add some more semolina flour to make it thick.
  6. Take a pan heat it.
  7. Pour enough oil to deep fry.
  8. When the oil heats up, take the batter in your hands enough to form small bowls and pour it in the oil.
  9. Fry them on medium flame until they turn brown.
  10. When the fritters become brown, take them off the pan. It is ready to serve.