Sweet Potato Mangalore Buns – Learn to make Karnataka style fried sweet buns

Sharing is Caring !!!!


Sweet potato mangalore buns recipe is a modified version of Mangalore or Mangaluru buns. Typically mangalore bun is a recipe from coastal Karnataka. Mangalore buns are a common sight in most of the hotels in mangalore and Udupi. It is a very simple to make recipe. Whenever we have ripe bananas I usually prepare mangalore buns, this time wanted to try with sweet potatoes or shakarakand (hindi) or sihi genasu (kannada).

If you love these healthy fibre antioxidant rich root vegetable and want to include in your diet, then this is one of the tasty way.

These are mainly fried poories flavored with sweet potato and cumin.  I prepare the dough and keep it overnight. Unlike other crispy buns these are absolutely pillow soft and fluffy poories. These buns are served with coconut chutney, toor dal sambhar, mango pickle but can be relished without any accompaniments.

Sweet potato mangalore buns can be made using either all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour. We do prepare with a combination of these flours with no compromise in taste. The sugar content can be adjusted based on the sweetness of sweet potato. I have used thick curd only instead to water for the dough preparation. The quantity of curd and flour can be adjusted if the dough becomes sticky to handle or vice versa.

These sweet potato mangalore buns can be served as breakfast or tea time snack and if you are looking for recipe on sweet potato then check the archives or link below

Baked Sweet Potato sticks 

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato Patties

Here are the recipe details with step by step pictures


Sweet Potato Mangalore Buns

Pavithra M AdigaPavithra M Adiga
Sweet fried poories, fluffy and pillow soft
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 5 people


  • Sweet potato (cooked and mashed without skin) - 1 cup
  • Maida or all-purpose flour -1 cup
  • Cumin seeds or jeera -1 tsp
  • Baking soda – ¾ tsp
  • Sugar - ¼ cup or less
  • Curd - ¼ cup
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Take a bowl and add mashed sweet potato, flour and mix well.
  • Now add cumin, baking soda, salt, sugar, mix well.
  • Finally add curd and prepare dough. Knead the dough well.
  • Keep this in warm place for 8 to 10 hours for resting or overnight (in the morning refrigerate the dough if not using it immediately)
  • Knead once, make small to medium round balls and roll into thick poories.
  • Heat oil on medium flame in a kadai, drop slowly the poories and fry on medium flame until done (they turn golden to brown colour)
  • Serve hot sweet potato mangalore buns with coconut chutney or sambhar


If the dough becomes sticky adjust the flour quantity and smear little oil while kneading.
Try to mash the sweet potato completely but still if very small pieces of sweet potato are remaining in the dough, roll the poories slowly.
If you want to use both all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, then add them in equal quantities.
If you use whole wheat flour for the dough, then it absorbs slightly more liquid content, so adjust the curd quantity.
Sugar quantity can be adjusted depending on the sweetness of sweet potato.


Pin it for later




Dear readers, I am grateful for the time you have taken to read my posts which means a lot to me. Thank you. If you like my recipes and food photography do follow me on instagram, facebook, twitterpinterest . If you happen to try any of my recipes do tag me with your photos and feedback.

Dice n Cook is a participant in Amazon Services LLC Associate Program. Hence this site may contain some of these links to Amazon.com. If you make a purchase through one of those links, Dice n Cook will receive a small commission from the purchase at no additional cost of you.

Follow me on

3 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Mangalore Buns – Learn to make Karnataka style fried sweet buns”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *