Gulf News' Your Ramadan Table' food show: Banana Turon

Gulf News' Your Ramadan Table' food show: Banana Turon

A dessert that's quick, crispy and fun from Chef John Buenaventura

Video Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 to 3


200 gms banana

150 gms jackfruit (thinly sliced, seeds removed)

100 gms white sugar

100 gms cashew

50 gms flour

1 cup water

Vanilla ice cream as needed

Puff pastry sheet as needed

Cooking oil


Peel and slice the banana in half and thinly slice the jackfruit. Set aside.

In a saucepan, add a cup of water, some sugar, and a pinch of salt. Cook the jackfruit in the sugar mix over a medium flame until it becomes soft. Once done, set it aside to cool.

In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour with water to form a paste. Use this as the glue for the pastry.

Now, take a puff pastry sheet, place the sliced banana in the middle, add the cooked jackfruit, and roll it. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar over the fruits, then fold it in half or roll it and seal it. Set it aside.

Toast the cashews in a pan, then roughly chop them.

In a pan, add two tablespoons of sugar and caramelise it over a medium flame. Then add the chopped nuts and stir. Once cooled, put the mixture in a tray, crush it, and use it as a topping for the turon.

Add cooking oil to a pan and fry the stuffed pastry over a low to medium flame until golden brown.

While frying, add a teaspoon of sugar to the oil to help the pastry caramelise and achieve a nice golden colour. Once done, strain and allow it to cool, then serve with the crumbled cashews on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Use saba banana if possible; if not, use Chiquita or any other banana available in the UAE.

You can also use brown sugar instead of white sugar.

Cover the pastry sheets with a damp cloth to avoid dryness.

Here's a simple recipe that offers a delightful variety of textures, perfect for captivating your kids' taste buds. We often have this while growing up in the Philippines. It's one of my absolute favourite recipes, and I'm always excited to share it with others. I'm sure you will love it.

- Chef John Buenaventura, Executive Chef and Host of Your Ramadan Table by Gulf News

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