Kabalagala (Pancakes 9-10pc weighing 500g)


Recipe source:

2 big or 6 small over ripe bananas
2-2¼ cups cassava(tapioca) flours
a generous pinch of salt
¼ tsp soda bicarbonate (baking soda)
¼ tsp pepper powder

oil for deep frying
extra flour for dusting

  1. Peel and mash the bananas.
  2. Sift flour, salt and pepper powder together.
  3. Add flour little by little into the mashed banana and mix with a spatula or a spoon.
  4. Keep on adding the flour till its thick enough to knead.
  5. Dust the worktop with some flour and knead the dough. The dough should not be sticky. I used about 2¼ cups of flour.
  6. Roll it out into a ¼” thick circle. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut out round discs.
  7. Gather up the remaining dough and roll again and cut. Keep on repeating the process till all the dough is used up.
  8. Heat oil in a wok or deep-frying pan over medium heat. The oil is ready when a small piece of dough put in the oil rises to the top immediately.
  9. Fry the pancakes till they are golden brown.
  10. Dust some icing sugar if you like before serving.

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Kabalagala (Ugandan Pancakes)

These pancakes from Uganda are called Kabalagala. They are made from cassava (tapioca) flour, mashed sweet banana or plantains which are irresistibly sweet. Gluten free, sugar free they look more like doughnuts but every possible Ugandan blog post, article I read about food from Uganda describes Kabalagala as a pancake. The recipe is very simple and the pancakes were absolutely delicious with a hot cup of coffee. Kabalagala in the Luganda language means pancake made using sweet bananas and cassava flour. The original preparation made by Nubians was called kabalagara. An affluent area in the city of Kampala is named after the pancake. Kabalagala is a famous street food in Uganda, enjoyed with tea as breakfast or served with stew.  It is believed that these pancakes became very famous as a cheap alternative to cakes and bread during the Idi Amin Regime as they were affordable, and combination of banana and cassava keeps one’s tummy full for a long period of time.