Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Classic Turon (Banana Rolls)

Last May 5, Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner was offered to be one of the blog-tour stops for “Vegan Family Meals: Real Food For Everyone”, a new cookbook by Ann Gentry, Hollywood’s #1 Vegan Chef and owner of chic LA restaurant, Real Food Daily. I said YES, of course! I'm not a Vegan...but I feel that this is such a good opportunity to try Vegan food.  

The blog-tour will run from mid-June to mid-July. I chose to do recipe duplication of her Lasagna Rolls which I will share with you in the week of July 11.  I'll be posting details of the blog tour in the days to come, so watch out for it! Meanwhile, for those of you who would like to know more about Ann Gentry, visit her blog, Real Food Daily.

Yesterday, I was so excited to receive my complimentary copy of "Vegan Family Meals" cookbook! 


I found some recipes that I would love to try, aside from the Lasagna Rolls (which I will be doing for the blog tour) like the Sesame-Shiitake Tofu Frittata and Black-Eyed Pea & Red Pepper Soup. But I'm not ready for that yet...I have to get the needed vegan ingredients first! For now, let me share with you my Classic Turon (Banana Rolls) which I guess both vegan & non-vegan will love. :)


Turon(Banana Rolls), which some call Banana Lumpia(Banana Spring Roll), is a favorite Filipino snack made of sliced banana & jackfruit, dusted with sugar and wrapped in spring roll wrapper and then fried. Some also use mango, cheddar cheese and coconut instead of jackfruit. Well, I still prefer using jackfruit. The ripe Jackfruit itself has an amazing taste, aroma and texture that when combined with Cardava Bananas create a more satisfying flavor. Here in Texas, I buy it frozen or canned. Jackfruit contains many vitamins and minerals, and offers numerous health benefits. It has isoflavones, antioxidants, and phytonutrients which means that it has cancer-fighting properties. If you haven't seen or heard of Jackfruit & Cardava Bananas, here's how they look like:


Try this very simple and easy to prepare snack and you'll see what you've been missing...

I'm sharing this on
What's on the Menu Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Foodie Wednesday, Let's Do Brunch, Miz Helen's Country Cottage's Full Plate Thursday and It's a Keeper Thursday.

Prep Time:~15 mins              Cook Time:~10 mins               Yield: 12 pcs. turon      

Ingredients:
  • 8 pcs. Saging na Saba (Cardava Bananas) or Plantain Bananas cut lengthwise into 2 or 3 depending on thickness
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh or canned ripe jackfruit cut into thin strips
  • spring roll wrappers
  • Vegetable oil


Procedure:
1. Prepare 12 pcs. spring roll wrappers. Gently separate them from each other.
2. Mix brown and white sugar in a plate.
3. Dip each slice of of banana into sugar ensuring that both sides are coated with enough sugar.

4. Place a slice of banana in the center of the wrapper. Put some jackfruit strips on top, then another slice of banana. Fold edges, and then roll. 


Repeat this procedure for the rest of the bananas, putting 2 slices of bananas in each wrapper.


5. In frying pan, heat vegetable oil. Fry banana rolls until golden brown. 


6. Drain excess oil.

7. Place on a plate and you're ready to serve.


20 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I always love your recipes and the fact that you provide photos with them.

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  2. Oh my! Turon reminds me of my high school, after class nothing beats Turon and Buko Juice :)

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  3. Yum yum! I love turon! They are always so tempting especially when freshly fried. The sweetness and the crunch is to die for.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I just got home from a trip to mexico and they were serving a version of this at the buffet. I was just saying how I missed these for breakfast and now here is a recipe! I came over from 21st Century Housewife's Let's Do Brunch link up. I feel the need to run out and buy spring roll wrappers! Thanks!

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  5. YAY My favorite!!! We've actually started to incorporate injecting chocolate into the middle of the bananas for added yummyness...

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  6. serve with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup just like in the coffee bar i knew here..

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  7. You take the best photos! I have some recipes on my blog but I am NOT a food stylist! You are fantastic! I love the look of these. Thanks Looking forward to the vegan meals!! Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Tina! Congrats! :D
    These banana rolls are awesome! I Love jackfruit too and I still remembered that when I was young, we used to have jackfruit trees at both my grandmas' house and we always waited so eagerly for them to ripe! If I'm not wrong, the seed can be eaten too right? Or maybe I got it mixed up with another similar fruit.. coz I was only about 4-5yrs old back then but most of my childhood memories are still in my mind.. :)

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  9. You're right, Lyn! Jackfruit seeds are edible too. You can have them roasted or boiled! :)

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  10. Oh boy, these rolls are dangerous as I can eat A LOT! I just bought the same brand egg roll wrappers! This looks soo good...and congratulations on being selected for the blog-tour stops for the book! That's so cool! I can't wait to read the post. ;-) Good luck!

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  11. Fantastic dessert and please stop making me hungry with all your great cooking skills.

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  12. Mmmm I love this recipe. I have eaten fresh jackfruit in India and loved it! :-)

    Congrats on being chosen for the blog tour! :-)

    I also have an award waiting for you here: http://www.manusmenu.com/strawberries-and-cream-in-puff-pastry-cases

    Have a great and happy day Tina! :-)

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  13. Congrats, that's awesome! Your banana rolls look yummy:)

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  14. Tina those banana rolls looks so yummy. That blog tour sounds like it will be a lot of fun ... about that black eyed pea soup, I would really be interested in knowing how it turns out.

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  15. I love turon, anything with banana is my favorite.

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  16. Congratulations Tina! Sounds fun. Thanks for sharing your incredible recipe. Your banana rolls sound delicious and healthy.

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  17. What a wonderful treat! I am going to try to make these Banana Rolls, I only hope mine turn out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday hope you will come back soon!

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  18. this looks delectable! i've never heard of jackfruit before - wonder where i can get some around here - would *love* to make these :)

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  19. This sounds like a wonderful cookbook - and I love your photographs of the Turon. They look delicious. I have never had jackfruit either - it sounds really interesting. Thank you for sharing this post with Let's Do Brunch. Hope to see you there again this week!

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