Kabalagala – Ugandan Banana Pancakes

Kabalagala – known locally as kabas – are traditional Ugandan pancakes, although, deep fried, they look more like a banana doughnut.

Traditionally kabas are made with cassava flour and pepper powder, however we’ve used plain flour, and have also added sugar for those with a sweet tooth.

After you’ve mashed your banana (the riper the sweeter), mix the flour, sugar bicarbonate of soda, and salt together, and add it slowly to the banana until you have a dough. Dust a work surface with flour, and roll out the dough so it is no more than 2cm thick (make sure the dough isn’t sticky!). Then cut out discs using a glass or a cookie cutter.

Heat the oil over a medium heat, and when it’s warm enough – you can test this by dropping in a tiny bit of dough into the pan, and it will rise to the top – carefully drop the pancakes in, and cook until a dark golden brown. Remember the thicker you cut the discs, the fatter the pancakes will become, so don’t take them out too soon, or they might not be cooked through.

Sprinkle with sugar and serve. You can have them for any meal, but we had ours as an afternoon snack with a hot drink.

Kabalagala – Ugandan Banana Pancakes

A yummy, traditional Ugandan recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine african, african cuisine, ugandan street food


  • 2 Large bananas
  • 2-3 cups Plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
  • Extra Sugar For dusting


  • Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl
  • Mix flour, salt and sugar together in a separate bowl
  • Gradually spoon the flour mix into the mashed banana and mix until it turns into a dough
  • Dust a work surface with flour, and kneed the dough ensuring it is not sticky
  • Roll the dough out until it's approximately 2cm thick. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut out round discs until the dough is all used.
  • Heat oil in a deep ban over a medium heat (to check the oil is hot enough, drop a tiny piece of dough in the oil and watch it to rise to the top!)
  • Fry pancakes in small batches until they are a rich golden brown - don't take them out early or they might not be cooked through!
  • Remove to a plate, and sprinkle with sugar
  • Enjoy!


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