We have definitely entered Fall with a chilly beginning, thanks to an almost hurricane, reaching us all running for comfort foods. School days almost always guarantee an abundance of a few well ripened bananas here and there. I was tired of making banana bread, and sidestepped my favorite recipe and suddenly remembered this sweet treat that I had encountered on one of my visits to India. It was something that my husband’s aunt put together in practically minutes, to serve with a hot cup of tea. There is more to tea in India than just masala or spiced tea it is a culture and a bona fide meal. Strictly speaking, a lot of what we have learnt to enjoy on the Indian restaurant menus as appetizers are really tea time treats that is what snacks are reserved for. I shall save that for another day, maybe revive and broaden the horizons of my samosa trail, there are so many interesting candidates for that exercise don’t you think?
So back to these doughnut treats, they are an adaptation of what is called Gulgulay, essentially a fun sounding name for a mixed up fried batter. Usually made with bananas, I have added some green apples and cider to round out the flavors. Make sure that you eat them hot and crisp maybe dusted with some powdered sugar and you shall love the warm spicy crisp goodness of simplicity. Add a nice spiced cup of tea or hot cider to the mix and you will not regret it, the only thing I will stress again, that they will not taste quite so good if made ahead. Actually speaking of tea, you might want to check out these spicy pumpkin fritters that I made over the weekend as well.
But, this evening peek around for that old banana, and try something new. I have flavored these doughnuts with freshly powdered cardamom and fennel seeds, feel free to experiment with cinnamon or any other spice that you think works, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, essentially the possibilities are endless. With the cold weather upon us, it certainly is time to welcome all those spices, hopefully this column with offer you some inspiration.
A delightful rustic Indian banana and apple doughnut, delicately seasoned with cardamom and fennel. Ingredients Instructions
A delightful rustic Indian banana and apple doughnut, delicately seasoned with cardamom and fennel.