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Easy Cekodok Pisang or Malaysian Mashed Banana Fritters Recipe using Over Ripe Bananas
Simple Recipe using few Ingredients
This recipe for one of Malaysia's favorite afternoon snack uses only two main ingredients, over ripe bananas and self-rising flour. That is all. It is simple, yet tasty.
Although there are other variations and versions for cekodok pisang (or mashed banana fritters) such as having rice flour, normal flour, baking soda, eggs and even baking powder in the recipe, you do not actually need them.
However, with all the additional ingredients, the cekodok pisang will come out more rounded and puffy, and I have to admit, look more presentable.
Try this version as it is tastier. It, however, uses more bananas than flour to give you a slightly crispy outer layer, but soft and moist on the inside.
As with most deep-fried food, cekodok pisang is a bit greasy. It may not look nice, but trust me, it tastes nice. Enjoy it with your afternoon cup of coffee or tea.
Cekokok Pisang or Mashed Banana Fritter Recipe: Cook Time
- 5 big size bananas, (over ripe or bruised bananas. You can use any eating banana or over-ripe cooking banana variety)
- 1 cup self-rising flour, (this is an estimate and will be adjusted as you add to the mixture. See below for detail)
- pinch of salt
- 3 table spoon brown sugar, (You can leave this out if your banana is of the sweet variety)
- Oil for deep frying
Optional Ingredients for Cekodok Pisang or Mashed Banana Fritters
As an option, you can add a pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg to the mixture to give a spicy flavor. Personally, I prefer without these optional ingredients as it tastes more authentic and close to what my mum used to make.
- Peel and put the over ripe bananas in a bowl. Then, mashed it with a fork
- Slowly add the self-rising flour until the mixture is of a consistency that can easily drop from a spoon in one lump. If you add too much flour, the end results will be a hard, but a well-shaped cekokok. You want a mixture that will give you a crispy skin on the outside, but soft on the inside. As different people will be using different banana variety and size, the self-rising flour amount is an estimate and will be adjusted as you pour into the mixture to get the right consistency that can easily drop from a spoon. If it is too soft and runny, then add a bit more self-rising flour. Add sugar and salt to the final mixture
- Heat a wok or any deep frying pan. Then, add enough oil to deep fry.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the banana mixture into the wok (or frying pan) once the oil is medium hot. Depending on the size of your wok and the amount of oil used, you can fry four or five pieces at the same time.
- Fry one side until it is medium brown. Then, turn over to fry the other side. This will take about 3-4 minutes.
- Place the cooked cekodok pisang or mashed banana fritters on a kitchen paper towel.
- Continue with step #4 until you finish all the mixture
- You may serve it hot or cold. Enjoy.
Which Banana Variety to Use
For cekokok pisang or mashed banana fritters, any eating banana variety is suitable. The cavendish variety that you get at most supermarkets will do just fine. (Cavendish bananas are the long, yellow and slightly sweet bananas. See side photo). If you use Cavendish banana, then you may need to add sugar to the mixture (as per above). It best to use the over-ripe or bruised Cavendish banana.
I used the pisang raja variety as it grows in my back garden. It is already sweet on its own and I do not add any additional sugar to the mixture.
This Cekodok Pisang is Sold at Night Market and by Street Vendors
In Malaysia, this cekodok pisang is usually sold by street vendors at busy streets, in the afternoon. You can also buy them in the morning and at night markets.
Since the recipe and the preparation are simple, most housewives will prepare this mashed banana fritter themselves. Only the bachelors or busy working people will buy from the street vendors.
|Serving size: 6 person|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 200 g||67%|
|Sugar 60 g|
|Fiber 14 g||56%|
|Protein 17 g||34%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 6 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The Good and Bad of Bananas
Banana is good as it is low in Sodium, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It has a good level of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Potassium, Iron and Dietary Fiber.
Banana is bad as its calories came from sugars.
Health Benefits of Bananas
Banana is an excellent food and a good energy source. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibers. It is also inexpensive and easy to pack and bring with you to work.
It has iron, which promotes the development of hemoglobin in the body. It has potassium that helps to lessen high blood pressure. Potassium is also friendly to women who suffer from menstrual cramps and taking bananas will help lessen this pain. It has Vitamin B6 that aids in balancing the blood-glucose levels.
With all these health benefits, it is such a waste to throw away bruised and over-ripe bananas. They are still edible and there is no reason why people should throw them away.
You can find many recipes that can turn these over-ripe bananas into tasty foods. This cekodok recipe is one of them. Other recipes that uses over-ripe bananas are:
- Banana Bread
- Banana Cake
- Banana Muffin
- Banana Milkshake
- Banana Flapjack
- Banana Pancake
If you Google for 'over-ripe banana recipes', you will find more ideas and recipes. Now that you know, do not throw away the over-ripe bananas. Be adventurous and try all these recipes.
If you want to try the Malaysian Banana Fritter, then click here. It tells you which banana variety to use for banana fritters and how to get crispy batter.
Medium Sized Banana Compared to Other Medium Sized Fruits
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Trivial Moment: Questions People Asked About Bananas
Is Banana Bad For Gout?
As banana contains beneficial nutrients such as potassium and folic acid that may treat gout symptoms, it is, therefore, wrong to say that banana is bad for gout
Is Banana Bad for Diabetics?
Under-ripe bananas are okay as between-meal snacks if you have Type 2 diabetes. Do not take over ripe bananas as diabetic person will experience a fairly high glycemic reaction.
Is Banana Bad for Cough?
When you are down with cough and a sore throat, eating might not be easy. Banana is in fact good for cough and can help relieve heartburn and coughing. It is easy to eat, hence, people with sore throat can easily take them.
Is Banana Bad for People with Asthma?
The lung airways in asthmatic patents are usually narrow, swollen and filled with mucus. It is easily irritated by certain foods and the environment that can trigger an asthmatic attack. Banana contains Vitamin B6, which can relax this muscle tissue. Hence, banana for asthma patients is good.