Friday, 19 September 2014

Ba-ba-ba ba-ba na-na!



Have you watched Despicable Me 2? Minions are the cutest. When I think of bananas, I think of them. If you don't know what I am talking about, go youtube the video and have a giggle. Anyway, moving along...


The fantastic thing about having banana trees growing in one's backyard is that you get FREE bananas from time to time. However, when one ripens, the whole big bunch ripen at the same time. You have to either give it away or somehow consume them quickly. Although the ones we have are quite small, they are still very filling! 



I am a busy mum, so it's no surprise that I am a fan of simple, fast and easy cooking style which still achieves the authentic taste (or as close as possible!). Something that you can whip up very quickly when you have 2 or 3 over ripe bananas is the Kuih Kodok aka Malaysian banana fritters. Think deep fried mashed banana goodness. 

There are heaps of recipes out there for this little snack. Some require eggs, cups upon cups of flour and even sugar. I like mine to be less flour and more bananas. At the end of the day it is BANANA fritter amirite?

As a little girl, I followed my late grandma everywhere. I would get extremely excited when she told me we would be visiting her 5th sister. Close to where my grandaunt lived, there was the most amazing kuih kodok. Alongside these little delicious morsel, you could also find yam and sweet potato fritters, as well as other goodies to instantly fill that 3pm craving many of us are so familiar with.

Beware! This little devils are addictive! 

Ingredients:

7 small ladies fingers bananas (equivalent to about 3 medium Cavendish bananas)
2 tablespoons of plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon of rice floursifted
1/4 teaspoon of baking powdersifted
1 egg
Oil for deep frying

In a bowl, peel and mash the bananas. 


Add the egg and both flours to the bananas. Mix together. You should have a thick batter.

Heat oil in a small pot on medium heat. Scoop batter using a teaspoon into the hot oil, flipping it over once it is brown. 

Remove when both sides are brown and drain. Serve when cool.

Be careful that you do not overcook the mixture, as the natural sweetness of the bananas can cause the fritters to burn quickly.  Remove the fritters as soon as the are a golden brown all over, as they will continue to cook as they cool


I like to make them in little bite size because it's easier for my kids. You can use a tablespoon to scoop if you wish to have a bigger size. Be patient though, even though it will be tempting to get these tasty bites into your tummy, wait for them to cool sufficiently before biting into them. I don't want you to burn your mouth and subsequently be unable to further indulge in these delectable fritters!

Happy cooking everyone! 



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