#LegalizeMaruya: How Do You Make This ‘Addiction’?
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 20, 2020 6:24pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
There’s a date dedicated to marijuana called “The Weed Day’’ every April 20. This came about due to a group of students in Marin County, California who would meet every 4:20 in the afternoon to smoke weed. 420 became their code and soon enough, the date was chosen for the “holiday’.
But Filipinos have to put a little twist to this occasion.
What is Maruya?
Instead of #LegalizeMarijuana, #LegalizeMaruya became a trending topic on Twitter--and Maruya is not, in any way, directly related to marijuana (except both came from plants, we guess?).
Maruya (banana fritters in English) is a typical Pinoy merienda. It is made from bananas coated with batter before being deep fried in oil. It is different from other banana snacks like banana cue and turon.
Maruya the Making
Curious about why people are being addicted over this banana snack? You can find maruya on street corners, or better yet, make one of your own.
To make Maruya, all you need is flour, eggs, milk, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, and of course, bananas of saba variety. Mix the flour, eggs, milk, baking soda, salt, and butter in a bowl to make your batter. Cut the bananas into ¼ inch pieces and dip some of them into the batter, preferable into a fan-shaped figure.
Deep fry the bananas using a ladle until it becomes golden brown. Sprinkle maruya with refined sugar before serving.
Tips: You can also add in cornstarch to the batter mixture for a more crispy coating. If you want bright-colored maruya, use an egg yellow food coloring. You can also mash the bananas instead of slicing them.
It’s not cannabis but Maruya is also addictive, especially to banana lovers. It will fill your tummy with the banana goodness it has. Truly, it is the perfect time to #LegalizeMaruya.