Maruya (banana fritters) from Cagayan de Oro.jpg

Maruya (Banana Fritters).jpg
Top: "fanned" style maruya
Middle: "mashed" style maruya
Bottom: kumbo
Alternative namespinaypay, sinapot, baduya
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsBananas, batter (eggs and flour), white sugar

Maruya (Tagalog: [mɐɾuˈjaʔ]) is a type of fritter from the Philippines. It is usually made from saba bananas. The most common variant is prepared by coating thinly sliced and "fanned" bananas in batter and deep frying them. They are then sprinkled with sugar.[1][2] Though not traditional, they may also be served with slices of jackfruit preserved in syrup or ice cream.[3] Maruya are commonly sold as street food and food sellers at outdoor though they are also popular as home-made merienda snacks among Filipinos.[4]


A variant of maruya may also use dessert bananas, which are usually just mashed before mixing them with batter.[5] They can also be made from sweet potatoes.[6] Among Muslim Filipinos, this version is known as jampok, and traditionally use mashed Latundan bananas.[7]

In the Bicol Region, it is also known as sinapot or baduya in the Bikol languages. Although this version does not "fan" the bananas. They are instead simply sliced lengthwise before frying in batter.[4] It is also known as kumbo in the Western Visayas region.

Bunwelos na saging

See also: Buñuelo and Cascaron

A similar dessert to maruya is bunwelos na saging, which is more accurately a type of buñuelo (Spanish-derived flour doughnuts). It has more flour mixture than maruya. It also uses mashed ripe saba bananas rather than dessert bananas. It is made by mixing the bananas in flour, egg, and sugar, and then deep frying the mixture as little balls.[8][9]

See also


  1. ^ "Maruya (Saba banana fritters)". Casa Veneracion. August 14, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Marketman (August 20, 2005). "Maruya a la Marketman". Market Manila. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Maruya Recipe - Banana Fritters". Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Marketman (March 8, 2014). "Sinapot / Baduya / Battered and Fried Bananas". Market Manila. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Maruya (Banana Fritters) Recipe". Ambitious Chef. July 7, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Know Your Food: Philippines". Tavellious. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  7. ^ Damo, Ida. "4 Must-Eat K'Gan Muslim Desserts". Choose Philippines. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Bunwelos na Saging". Pinoy Hapagkainan. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Magluto Tayo". Liwayway. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2018.