Monday, July 11, 2011

BANANA BITES ~ CEKODOK PISANG



I love my Malay cakes even if they are plain toads (kodok). These are authentic. There is no grated coconut meat in it, no baking powder is used and no egg at all....all of which would give these bites airiness, lightness, puffiness and turn them into dainty, too perfectly round, bland, made-over versions of the original toad bites.

Purists, however,  would swear by the original kampung (village) version which is crisp and chewy on the outside and soft, mushy and banana-ey on the inside. And quite toad-like in looks.....irregularly shaped, flat, heavy, ugly and greasy but absolutely to die for. I love my Toad Bites or Kuih Kodok.




Rice flour is added to the batter for a crisp and chewy skin, plain flour to hold the batter together and of course the mashed banana gives the inside the mushy and banana-ey goodness that we die for. I don't see why anyone would not love these. 

Anything greasy has to be good.  Kiddies especially love these.....imagine chubby little fingers pushing toady bites into chubby little mouths filling up those chubby little cheeks and chomping with their tiny teeth. Chomping on toady bites.....hands greasy...hands touching hair, hands touching clothes, hands touching furniture and their mommies.




The recipe ~

297 gm very ripe mashed bananas,  ( I used pisang berangan)
60 - 65 gm granulated sugar
4 T plain flour
3 T rice flour
1/4 tsp salt

Oil for deep frying

Mix mashed bananas and sugar with a wooden spoon. Stir in both flours and salt until combined.


Heat enough oil for deep frying in a pot. When hot or 180 C drop the batter in by teaspoonfuls. Let fry for about two minutes after which time the fritters would lightly golden, puff up and loosen slightly from the bottom of the pot. Agitate it a little so that it releases completely from the bottom of the pot and turn over to brown the other side. When the fritters are a deeper golden colour lift out and drain on two layers of kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. 


Continue to fry the rest in the same way. 


If you eat these hot or warm you will experience the lovely crunchiness and chewiness that the rice flour gives to the fritters. The crunchiness is lost when cold but it is still chewy and deliciously mushy and banana-ey inside.


Great served in paper cups to kiddies. 





Yes those cute animal picks are from Daiso ~




I am submitting this to Muhibbah Malaysia Monday.

Head over to Shaz of Test With Skewer for the round up.

28 comments:

Pam said...

Oh my goodness, I must get those adorable animal picks!!!! And then make these banana bites!

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

I've had banana fritters but I don't think I've had these! I want them so bad now.

La Table De Nana said...

Those picks are the icing on the cake:) So so cute..They sound good..I bet I know one boy in particular who would love them:)

terri@adailyobsession said...

is tt what they are called? i love them, yum!

Sinful Sundays said...

Fried banana fritters is one of my favorite treats so I know that I would love these bites! They look so good! :)

busygran said...

Is it tea-time already? Wish I were your neighbour, just to get a whiff when you fry these cute kodoks!

Elin said...

Zurin....ur banana fritters looks good...thanks for the tips of adding rice flour to the batter..now I know why it is crispy! I love the animals picks ESP the piggy ones ...awww I must get them...now I can't sleep...thinking when can I make a trip to Daiso;)

jose manuel said...

Que maravilla, te ha quedado de vicio.

Saludos

Valerie said...

mmm i looove fried bananas! On my island we're used to prepare them like you did, a delight!!

Katie said...

I would love to make these! what are the measurements though? im not familiar with gm and t, im not even quite sure what that stands for! thanks!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

oh Zurin - these look heaven. I've even got everything .... except bananas - but that's easy sorted.

You know what happens next. Greasy Oliver, greasy hair, greasy windows, sofa, trousers. The fingerprints will be everywhere !

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I remember these... but I think the ones I ate were round? I know I won't be able to stop eating these, Zurin!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious banana fritters looks wonderful to snack

Jo said...

This has got to be one of my fav M'sian tea time snacks. I usually would use very ripe pisang emas.

Zurin said...

Hi everyone, Thanks for dropping by ....ever so lovely to hear your comments ~ :)

Katie

Thnaks for your interest :) You could google for a measurement convertor and convert the grams to ounces . ANd T stands for Tablespoon and tsp is for teaspoon.

I do hope that helps :) Do try ..its honestly YUMMM :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

i like to buy this cekodok pisang from Malay stall, just love it!

ovenhaven said...

When I was younger, I used to think that cekodok was actually an insect! I think I got it confused with cengkerik :P And I would refuse to eat cekodok pisang, because in my little brain, I imagined it to be a mush of grasshopper with bananas. And I only started eating (and loving them) when my mom refers to them as jemput2 pisang, which sounds so much more pleasant and inviting (horrid pun, I know).

Now you've got me wishing I had bananas in the pantry to make these!

baobabkebab said...

YUMMMMM love it!!1 I haven't had these nor goreng pisang in a really really long time! I miss home!!

very cute picks by the way and stunning photos!

Sadik Ali said...

I'm so glad I found your blog :) These banana fritters are so addictive. I will make this very soon. I love your blog... I will be digging for delicious Malaysian dishes :)
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Pick Yin said...

The ones I had were all round too but yours look crispy outside with a nice golden color. I miss Malay kuihs by the roadside makciks.

Linda said...

Fried Bananas? You got me right there! Yahoo!

Joy said...

OMG I love this recipe. I really like that you used rice flour.

armouris said...

lagi info tentang pisang di SIHAT SELALU - Khasiat Pisang

Not Quite Nigella said...

Zurin these look fantastic! Mouth sized bites of heaven! :D And how cute are those little picks! :D

Through My Kitchen Window said...

It's quite cold and wet in my part of the world. I can visualise these divine little banana bites, drizzled with ice cream and maple syrup. Gosh they would go down so well at the moment. No one could resist these.

shaz said...

I love these and I also like the "pure" version, no egg or coconut added. But I never tried it with the rice flour before, will definitely have a go because the chewy texture is so good!

Shu Han said...

Love the rice flour tip! These don't look ugly at all, hello you're too modest! ;) You have some awesome photography and food styling skills!

Manju said...

got there through knapkins...ive had plantain fritters with plantain pieces dipped in batter and fried, this looks even simpler and so good too! And what's best I always have bananas at home!

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