Banana fritters is an old traditional Malay delicacy and a popular Malaysian snack. It is also called “Jemput-jemput pisang” or otherwise known as “cekodok pisang”. Easy banana fritters, as the name implies, is relatively easy to make and does not take up much time. The main ingredient for this dish is banana (pisang), so if you have leftover bananas at home which are really ripe and you don’t know what to do with them, this is the recipe for you. A touch of toasted sesame seeds in the mashed banana batter adds a really extra crunch to every bite of these scrumptious little fried banana balls.
300 gram ripe bananas, mashed
65 gram rice flour, sifted
35 gram all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup white sesame seeds, toasted
1 tbsp brown sugar
Step 1: Prepare All the Ingredients Needed for This Dish. They Are VERY Ripe Bananas, All-purpose Flour, Rice Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Brown Sugar and Toasted Sesame Seeds.
Use very ripe bananas. Also make sure to sift all the dry ingredients except sugar and toasted sesame seeds.
Step 2: Peel the Skins Off the Overripe Bananas.
Overripe bananas are perfect for making banana fritters as they add extra natural sweetness and fragrance. To store overripe bananas, simply peel them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in a zip-lock bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Step 3: Using a Fork, Mash the Ripe Bananas Until It Resembles One Big Chunk.
Step 4: After the Bananas Has Been Mashed, Add in Sifted Rice Flour, All-purpose Flour, Baking Soda and Salt.
You can sift the flours ,baking soda and salt separately. Otherwise mix them in a bowl and then sift before use. Sifting loosens up the flour, aerating them and helping the fried banana fritters to have a lighter texture.
Step 5: Then Add in Toasted White Sesame Seeds.
The toasted white sesame seeds add a nutty and extra flavourful crunch to the banana fritters. There are 2 ways to toast the sesame seeds. For stovetop toasting, first heat the sesame seeds in a wide non-stick frying pan over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Immediately remove the seeds from the pan once they darken and become fragrant. For oven toasting, first preheat oven to 325 degree F ( 160 degree C). Then spread the seeds on a baking sheet and bake until the seeds turn brown and fragrant.
Step 6: Combine Until Everything Is Well Mixed. Let the Batter Rest for 15 Minutes and We're Ready to Fry.
Letting the batter rest before frying allows a crust to form around the banana fritters.
Step 7: Heat Up a Wok of Oil Over Medium to High Heat. Dip a Wooden Chopstick Into the Oil. When the Oil Is Ready, Small Bubbles Will Appear.
Keeping the oil hot enough but not too hot will ensure crispy, golden and never soggy banana fritters. If the oil begins to smoke, you know it's too hot. This will burn the banana fritters, so if you see smoke, quickly remove the wok or pan from the heat carefully.
Step 8: Just Before Deep Frying, Mix in the Brown Sugar Into the Mashed Banana Batter.
Adding sugar into the banana batter JUST before deep frying will result in more crispy banana fritter balls.
Step 9: Using an Ice-cream Scoop, Spoon the Banana Batter Into the Hot Oil.
You can also use a spoon to scoop the batter. However using an ice-cream scoop will give round and more uniform sized banana fritter balls.
Step 10: In Small Batches, Fry the Banana Balls Until Golden Brown.
Frying in large batches will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too low, hence resulting in less crispy banana fritters. So be sure to fry in small batches and to stir constantly to allow the banana fritters to fry more evenly.
Step 11: When It's Ready, Scoop the Fried Banana Balls Up Using a Strainer.
Step 12: Drain on Paper Towels. and We're Done!
Once the banana fritters are golden brown, be sure to drain them on a paper towel lined plate. This will absorb more oil than draining them on a wire rack.
Step 13: These Crispy Banana Fritters Are Great Eaten Hot As an Afternoon Snack With a Cup of Coffee or Tea. As Always, ENJOY!
The ingredients for this recipe are flexible. If you like more bananas, then add less flour to have a softer fritter. Otherwise add more flour for a more rounded fritter.