Monday 6 September 2021

Banana Fritters Cecodok Pisang 炸香蕉丸

This is a typical Malaysian comfort food and the dish itself brings back many childhood memories. 

Although lacking in appearance, it more than made up for it with its taste. These humble banana fritters are crispy on outside and soft inside. I especially like it with lots of banana flavour, just perfect with a cup of of good-old teh tarik.

The Malay word for this dish is also jemput-jemput pisang. This is because the batter is pinched (jemput) into the oil with your fingers and thumb. I have to admit these banana fritters are sinfully oily. My only advice is to put on the highest heat when you are about to take it out from the oil and use lots of kitchen towels afterwards. 

Back in the olden days, cooking is much simpler. Recipes are estimated or agak-agak. Banana fritters truly represent this olden day culinary. Ingredients used are simple, cheap and readily available. You just have to mix both the flour and mashed bananas until they reached the right thickness. I have to reiterate that this dish is truly economical. Three pieces of bananas can make you a plateful of fritters. Try it for yourself!

Banana Fritters Cecodok Pisang 炸香蕉丸

Makes about 28 pieces depending on the size


1 cup of mashed banana (approx. 3 to 4 pieces)

140 g plain flour 

2 tbsp sugar 

1/4 tsp sodium bicarbonate

1/4 tsp salt

oil for frying

Cooking Instruction

1. Mix together mashed banana, sugar, salt and sodium bicarbonate in a mixing bowl. 

2. Mix in 3/4 of the flour first. If it is still watery, gradually add in the rest of the flour until you get a thick batter. The consistency of the batter should be very thick. Rest batter for 20 minutes.

3. Wet your fingers and pinch the batter into preheated oil and fry in medium high heat (you can use two wet spoons to scoop the batter). Fry both sides of fritters in oil to get even browning. When fritters turned brown, remove and strain oil or put on kitchen towel.


1. Normally pisang emas is used but other bananas are accepted as well. Do adjust the sugar accordingly as some bananas are sweeter then the others.

2. There is no fixed quantity for this recipe as the amount of flour used would depend on liquidity of the mashed bananas itself.

Want to try another traditional deep fried snack? 

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