Pisang goreng – Fried banana fritters

Balinese banana fritters‘Gorengan’ is a popular snack throughout Indonesia. It literally means ‘fried things’ and covers a wide range of crispy goodies. One of my favourites is pisang goreng (deep-fried bananas in batter), especially first thing in the morning with a cup of hot coffee.

Pisang goreng also makes a great dessert served with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of palm sugar or caramel sauce over the top. It’s such an easy dish to make because it’s so quick and you hardly need any ingredients. For best results with this make sure you get the oil really hot and remember not to slice the bananas too thickly or put too much batter on. My favourite pisang goreng are the ones where the oil has come into direct contact with some of the bits of the banana beneath and it takes on a kind of caramelised texture.

Ingredients: (enough for 4-6 people – depending on how greedy you are feeling!)
85g self-raising flour
150ml water
a pinch of salt
3 bananas (sliced diagonally into 4-5cm pieces)
Enough oil to deep-fry the bananas

1. Mix the self-raising flour, salt and water salt until there are no lumps.
2. Heat the oil until it’s hot enough to fry the bananas (test by dripping a little batter in and seeing if it bubbles).
3. Dip the bananas into the batter mix until they are covered in it then put them in the oil to fry until they are golden brown then remove and drain.
4. Serve on their own, with other coffee snacks, or as a delicious dessert with ice cream.

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