Pisang Goreng (‘Fried’ Banana Fritters)

This is a popular snack all over South-East Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and several other countries. It is a delightful snack that always brings home childhood memories for me. I have missed this wonderful dish sorely since I moved to India almost 50 years ago. When I first bought my air-fryer about 3 years ago, one of the first things that I told Hari to try was Pisang Goreng. Unmitigated disaster. So, I let the idea lie fallow. A few days ago, I again broached the subject with Hari. His immediate comment was “why do you want to waste good bananas”. But I persisted and, God bless his soul, he obliged. I used a variety of small banana called Poovam Pazham. This dish works best with the small, sweet bananas. But go ahead and use what is available in your region.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rice flour (I used brown rice flour)
1 cup ice cold water
Salt to taste
8 small bananas, sliced lengthwise (prepare your own bananas depending upon size)
Mix the flours and salt in a bowl
Add the cold water a little at a time and prepare a thick batter
Coat each sliced piece of banana and place in a steamer
Steam for 4-5 minutes
Transfer to the air-fryer and ‘fry’ for 10 minutes or till golden brown
Transfer to a serving bowl
Serve hot

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