Gulgula (Fig/ Banana Fritters) | Taste of Trini | Desserts

Gulgula is a Trinidadian dessert made with Bananas or figs as we call it here, however in India, it’s a mini donut without the banana. It’s made mainly with the overripe Bananas/figs so if you have those black looking bananas lying around, have no fear, it’s not useless. The good thing about this dessert is that the more overripe they are is the sweeter they are which means you barely have to add extra sugar. Here’s how I make mine.



1 1/4 cups of flour

1/4 cup of brown sugar (more to your preference)

4 ripe or overripe bananas (I used 6 chiquito figs, 2 silk figs and 1 regular banana)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp vanilla essence (1/2 tsp vanilla extract) 


Step 1:

Peel and mash bananas to the consistency you like (ie in chunks or completely mashed). I like to use my fingers to mash it roughly, so I remained with a few big chunks.



Step 2:

Mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon).

Now, whisk the mashed bananas in and add the vanilla essence. Combine all the ingredients into a paste ( like a thick cake batter). If it’s too thin for your liking, add more flour. If it’s too thick, add some milk or some water.



Step 3:

Put some oil to heat up in frying pan on Med-High heat. Scoop some batter into the pot and let it fry for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.



Drain on paper towels and serve with ice-cream if you want.

Here’s my step by step video on this recipe:




With love and a spoonful of Trini,





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  1. I was looking for a great recipe for gulgula because I had some overripe bananas and didn’t want to throw them away. I absolutely loved your recipe and my gulgula’s came out almost perfect (I needed to add some water or milk to the batter). But no worries, I’m having some friends over very soon and they go bananas for banana 🙂 So I can’t wait for them to try this. Will check out your other recipes later. Thank you so much for posting this. Greetings from Suriname !!


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