Pisang goreng is a snack encountered in Indonesia and Malaysia, it’s battered and deep fried banana. Vendors that sell this on the street are as frequent as hot-dog vendors in the US. But you don’t find it only on the streets, it’s also served in restaurants.
Today I’m going to give you a variant or… maybe just a bit more complex recipe of pisang goreng with green bananas, and I hope you won’t be disappointed.
I never would have imagined I’d be eating green bananas once again, since I’ve had my share of those in my childhood. My parents would buy green bananas and place them covered in newspaper on the cabinet, where they would wait to get nice and yellow and ripe. But I’ve never been the patient type, which lead to me eating a lot of green bananas.
Right, let’s not forget I’m here to give you a recipe! If you like good food you’ll also like this, guaranteed!
You may find it difficult to buy green bananas simply because they get ripe in storage and when stores sell them they’re already on the yellow side. In Asia you can even pick raw bananas on the side of the street from banana trees (sometimes called plantains), but they’re also available at markets, or already cooked, since they’re a delicacy in Asia and they cook very quick and easily. You can cook them inside an unsweetened dough, like I’ll teach you here, and obtain a great beer snack. Or you can add some sugar and cinnamon to obtain an amazing dessert.
You will need:
- Deep frying pan, preferably a wok
- Hand blender, but this is optional
- green bananas 3-4 cut in 4 pieces each
- egg 1 (optional)
- wheat flour 2 tablespoons
- rice flour 2 tablespoons
- cooking oil
- water 5 oz
You use the hand blender to mix the wheat flour with the rice flour, egg, salt and water, to eventually obtain a thicker pancake batter. Peel the bananas, cut each in half and then again each piece in half into relatively thick pieces. When the oil is well heated, dip the banana pieces into the batter and make sure they’re well covered on all sides. Now scoop them out and throw them in your deep frying pan or in a wok if you have one, deep fry until they get to golden brown. It’s important you use rice flour if you want to obtain a crispy crust.
Bananas can be cooked green, by the above recipe, or ripe in all kind of asian desserts, like banana meatballs. Sweet or salty, don’t forget to try them with peanut butter.