Ingredients

  • Serves 4 people
  • 750 g banana (half mashed, half diced)

  • 50 g plain flour

  • 50 g rice flour

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • ½ tsp salt

  • vegetable oil (for deep-frying)

Recipe Courtesy of Asian Food Network

Cekodok Pisang

Also known as ‘jemput jemput pisang’, these deep-fried banana fritter balls are a sweet treat!
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Halal
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No Alcohol
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No Milk
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No Nuts
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No Pork
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  • Easy
  • 10 min
  • 20 min
  • 15 min
  • 2 steps
  • 7 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 2 steps
  • 7 Ingredients
  • 10 min
  • 20 min
  • 15 min

Cekodok Pisang (Deep-Fried Banana Fritter Balls)

A Traditional Sweet Dessert Perfect For Tea

Cekodok Pisang, also known as ‘jemput-jemput pisang’ are deep-fried banana fritter balls that are often served as dessert snacks. It is a popular street snack, and can be a very easy dessert to make if you have overripe bananas at home.

Cekodok Pisang is a type of traditional Malay snack that is commonly sold in stores and street stalls along with other fritter types made from vegetable, sweet potatoes, tapioca and cassava. Cekodok Pisang is sometimes referred to as kuih kodok, cucur and jemput-jemput.

In Southeast Asia alone, many desserts are often made from using very simple ingredients - oftentimes local fruits and produce we find every day in our markets. Bananas have always been a favorite in many desserts and sweet treats - we have them in our smoothies, ice-cream, as banana cake, and now even deep-fried! The natural sweetness in the fruit really makes the dish a specialty when you crave sweetness that is not overdone.

Though the recipe for Cekodok Pisang may seem very simple, it can be quite a feat to achieve the perfectly caramelised and soft banana centre enveloped in a sweet yet bitter crisp skin on the outside. The challenge to perfecting this Cekodok Pisang recipe lies in using the right type of bananas. Over-frying them can cause a bitter aftertaste.

The most basic formula for Cekodok Pisang only requires some overripe bananas and flour. If you are in the mood to experiment with flavor and texture, you can always add variants such as palm sugar, shredded coconut or rice flour in your recipe.

Compared to other desserts that require a much longer time in preparing and baking the goods, the Cekodok Pisang - just like most traditional recipes - are quick and easy to make. The best part is that the ingredients are incredibly easy to source - bananas, sweet potatoes and vegetables are food items that can be found right in your kitchen! The next time you find overripe bananas, do not throw them out. Instead, put them to use by frying some delightful, mouth-watering Cekodok Pisang for your tea-time snack.

Perfect for breakfast or as a tea-time snack, the traditional Cekodok Pisang goes very well with coffee and tea. Crispy skin and fluffy caramelised banana - how can anyone resist?

 

Frequently-Asked Questions About Cekodok Pisang

First time making a traditional dessert recipe? We have the answers to your questions!

 

What type of bananas should I use when making the Cekodok Pisang?

Sweet bananas definitely make for better Cekodok Pisang. Also, be sure to use only super ripe bananas. The Pisang Rajah and Mas varieties are the recommended ones for achieving the best results!

What type of flour is best?

Mixing a little bit of self-raising flour together with the all-purpose flour can be helpful in ensuring that your Cekodok Pisang comes out perfectly crispy on the outside.

How can I reduce the sugar in this recipe?

If your bananas are super ripe, they are probably already sweet and do not require as much sugar. Also, if you generally prefer a more natural and less sweet flavor, reducing the sugar is an option you can explore. However, the sugar is an essential component to getting your bananas caramelised.

 

Tips & Tricks For Making Heavenly, Mouth-Watering Cekodok Pisang

For the most heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth, savory Cekodok Pisang, we have some tips and tricks for you in the kitchen.

  1. Buy the best type of bananas: Pisang Rajah is the best type of bananas to get for the Cekodok Pisang recipe. Other good substitutes are the Pisang Mas or Del Monte bananas. You can find these varieties of bananas at your local wet markets.
  2. Bake your bananas if they are not ripe yet: You can bake your bananas (if they are yellow and not super ripe yet) in the oven to get them ripened quickly. Once the skin is shiny and black, you can cook the bananas following the Cekodok Recipe.
  3. Experiment with different ingredients: The basics include just overripe bananas and flour. To make your Cekodok Pisang more flavorful, you can experiment with adding onions, anchovies or sesame seeds to enhance flavor and texture.

 

Instructions: How To Make Cekodok Pisang

  1. Mix the banana batter

    • In a mixing bowl, add mashed banana, plain flour, rice flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix the ingredients well.

    | For best results, use overripe bananas, as they are sweeter.

    • In the same bowl, fold in diced bananas.

  2. Fry the banana balls

    • Over medium heat, fill ½ of the pot with vegetable oil. 

    • To check if the oil is hot enough for frying, take a chopstick or spatula and dip it into the oil. If there are bubbles surrounding it, it is hot enough for deep-frying.
    Fry the banana balls

Plate and Serve!

In just two simple steps, the Cekodok Pisang is ready to eat! 

You can eat the fritters with some chili sauce or on its own if you prefer. As these snacks are often had after mealtimes as a sweet treat, serving your Cekodok Pisang with a good cup of coffee or tea will seal the deal! 

The next time you have overripe bananas in your kitchen, you know it is time to experiment with more Cekodok Pisang recipes. The beauty lies in the simplicity of this traditional recipe. 

To have more fun with the flavor and texture, you can experiment with other main ingredients instead of bananas or simply enhance your Cekodok Pisang with added flavors through onions and anchovies.

Plate and Serve!

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