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]

A variant of maruya may also use dessert bananas, which are usually just mashed before mixing them with batter.[4] They can also be made from sweet potatoes.[5]

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.[6] It is also known as kumbo in the Western Visayas region.

Maruya are commonly sold as street food though they are also popular as home-made merienda snacks among Filipinos.[6]

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". Filipino-food-recipes.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maruya (Banana Fritters) Recipe". Ambitious Chef. July 7, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Know Your Food: Philippines". Tavellious. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Marketman (March 8, 2014). "Sinapot / Baduya / Battered and Fried Bananas". Market Manila. Retrieved December 18, 2014.