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Fried Banana Balls

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'Cekodok pisang' is a popular street food snack. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, it is made using overripe bananas. These banana balls are perfect for breakfast or tea time.

Total Time

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 20 mins

Dish Type

Snack

Alternate Names

Cekodok Pisang, Kuih Kodok, Jemput-jemput Pisang, Cucur Pisang

Cuisines

Malaysian


Ingredients

Servings:
300 g banana(s)
50 g rice flour
50 g wheat flour
1⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
350 ml oil

Nutrition per Serving

Calories

103 kcal

Carbs

13 g

Fat

5 g

Protein

1 g

Background

Cekodok pisang is one of the many types of kuih in Malaysia. It is made using overripe bananas for its natural sweetness. Usually eaten during breakfast or as a tea time snack, it goes well with a cup of tea or coffee.

Tips to shape fried banana balls

While attempting the recipe, you will realized that it is difficult to mould the dough as it is rather soft and gooey. My tip would be as mentioned in the video. Therein, I used two metal spoons. The spoon which is used to shape the banana balls has to be dipped into the hot oil. Besides that, you need to allow the dough to sink and cook for about 5 seconds to create a crust first. Then, use the spoon which was dipped into the oil to gently remove the dough from sticking to the pot.

How to make crispy cekodok pisang?

First, the oil needs to be heated over medium heat. Allow the heat to spread evenly by heating the oil for ca. 4 minutes. You may drop some batter into the oil to test the temperature. If the batter cooks immediately once it touches the oil, then it is ready. If the oil is not hot enough, the banana balls will turn soggy. On the other hand, overheated oil will cook the outer layer of the banana balls too quickly leaving the inside of the dough uncooked.

The other important tip is to add sugar into the batter shortly before frying. This is to ensure the crispiness of the the batter.

Must I add rice flour to the batter?

Well, sort of. You can also use corn flour. Both rice flour and corn flour is added to soften the end product, which is the fried banana balls. Using only wheat flour would result in harder dough because of the gluten content. Between corn flour and rice flour, the latter gives a softer texture.

Can I omit baking soda?

Yes. Baking soda is added to make the dough fluffy. It helps the batter to rise as it cooks.

How to serve fried banana balls?

Cekodok pisang is meant to be eaten as they are with a cup of your favourite beverage. If you are more adventurous, sprinkle some powdered sugar or have them together with some vanilla or coconut ice cream.


Food Snaps

I don't usually like to deep-fry food as the whole kitchen will get oily, but I can't resist this!
First attempt.. Recipe is very clear and really easy to follow...
Left few bananas... ;)) yummy ????
2nd trial. Bigger size of cekodok. I used different type of banana. Not as tasty as I thought but...... it is superb crunchy.  ????
Yay~~ finally my cekodok is ready. yummilicious!!! You are amazing!! Go, Go, Go~~
Nice recipe! Thanks
I let the mixture stand for 15mins.. then add sugar.. tgen fry. Dont have to shape it, as it will float up after few seconds

How to Prepare

Fried Banana Balls Step 1

Step 1 of 3

  • 300 g banana(s)

Mash bananas with a fork until smooth.

Fried Banana Balls Step 2

Step 2 of 3

  • 50 g rice flour
  • 50 g wheat flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp baking soda

Mix all ingredients (except sugar) to the mashed bananas. Adding sugar just before frying makes the banana balls crispier on the outside. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.

Fried Banana Balls Step 3

Step 3 of 3

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 350 ml oil

Heat oil over medium to high heat. Add sugar into the batter. Then, put a spoonful of banana mixture into the hot oil. Allow it to sink. Using another spoon, loosen the mixture. The mixture will float. Shape the mixture into balls quickly using a spoon. Fry until golden brown.

Published: May 3, 2014