Chhuhara malpua- Dates Pancakes

maal pua
Chhuhara Malpua/Dates Pancakes

Malpuas are the Indian pancakes served as a dessert.They are usually made on auspicious occasions and festivals like Holi.These are usually made by crushing ripe bananas in a batter of flour,milk or water and them immersing them in a sugar syrup.In this recipe of mine,I have slightly modified the process by making it more healthy.I have added crushed dates/chhuhara along with other dry fruits.Also instead of using All-purpose flour,I have used wheat flour.The taste that came out was amazingly awesum.

The goodness and  taste of dates and other dry fruits makes this recipe rich and super awesum. This is my mom’s recipe and I would love to share it with you.I am sure you gonna definitely love this recipe with crushed dates.

Preparation Time:10 minutes(excluding soaking the dry dates)

Cooking Time:25 minutes

Serving:5-6 malpuas/pancakes.


1-1.5 cup whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup dry dates/chhuhara
1 full ripe mashed banana
2 cups milk
1/4 cup dry fruits(raisins,sultanas,cashews,almonds)
1 tsp cardamom powder
Oil for frying

For sugar syrup:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3-4 Cardamom pods
2-3 Saffron strands(optional)


Soak the dry dates/chhuhara in warm milk for 3-4 hours.Later,in a mixer,blend the dry dates along with some raisins and sultanas.In a large bowl,add flour,mashed banana,milk along with grinded date mixture and whisk them well.You can also add water instead of milk.The difference with milk is we get a more richer taste and colour.Whisk them properly so that there are no lumps left.The consistency of the batter should be free flowing.Add in the left dry fruits and cardamom powder and leave aside for 10-15 minutes.Meanwhile,we prepare the sugar syrup.

For the syrup,add sugar and water in a pan and bring it to a boil.We need to boil them on a low heat till the sugar has dissolved completely.This might take around 15-20 minutes.Add in the cardamom pods and saffron strands for flavour and colour.I didn’t have saffron,so couldn’t add.But adding saffron gives a pretty colour.

The next step includes frying the malpuas/pancakes.Heat oil/ghee on a medium heat in a (non-stick)vessel.Using a ladle,slowly stir and pour the batter in the centre of the vessel without spreading.Once it has started to get golden.Flip it and cook the other side similarly.Remove the malpua/pancakes,drain the excess oil and immerse them in the sugar syrup for 4-5 minutes.Using a slotted spoon,remove the malpuas/pancakes from the syrup and place them in the serving plate.Garnish with dry fruits.

Tip:Always cook the malpuas in medium low heat.This gets them cook properly.
If you put the malpuas in boiling sugar syrup,they become soft.
To get crunchy malpuas,cool the sugar syrup and them immerse the malpuas.I,personally love them when they are crunchy.

Hope you loved it too.Do share your way of making malpuas.

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