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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      

  • 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

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.