Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters)

Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters)Pisang Goreng literally translated means fried bananas. These battered and deep fried bananas are very popular in Malaysia and Singapore. Sold by street vendors, they make great tea time snacks. They are best eaten straight out of the pan while the fried batter is hot and crunchy and the banana is sweet and warm.

Getting the batter right is key to this dish. It should have a light and crispy texture after being deep fried. To achieve this, I use rice flour for the batter and crushed rice cereals for the coating. Once coated, the bananas should be dropped gently into hot oil and fried for just a couple of minutes. For best results, use sweet and ripe but firm bananas. Bananas that are overly ripe will be too soft and soggy after frying.

This recipe is suitable for those on a gluten free diet as the batter is made using rice flour and rice cereals.

Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters)

Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters)
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 6 ripe but firm bananas, peeled and cut in half cross wise
  • 2 cups rice cereals, crushed
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  1. Mix all batter ingredients in a large bowl until a thick and smooth batter forms. Place crushed rice cereals on a plate.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan, heat about 1 inch deep oil. Dip banana into batter.
  3. Remove, and roll onto crushed rice cereals until evenly coated.
  4. Lower gently into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, turning once. It will only take 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Pisang Goreng is delicious washed down with a mug of Teh Tarik (pulled tea), condensed milk sweetened black tea. This tea is pulled or poured from one mug to another to cool it slightly and to give it a foamy top. The pulling also improves the taste of the tea. For the preparation of this tea, please check out my post Vadai and Teh Tarik.

Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters)

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    Biren! I think we eat so much alike. I just made my list of things I want to post soon. One of them is my ‘banana fritters’. Mine are different than yours (phew;). However, yours look so awesome! I love the way the whole banana is fried crispy rice. Yum!

  2. says

    Biren, I’m all over these fried bananas – love em! Actually, I’m all over almost anything deep fried (blush). Using rice cereal adds the perfect crunch, such a great choice. My kiddies would love these. I’ll bet they’d go well with some ice cream too, but shhh…don’t tell my kiddies ;-).

    • Biren says

      Most fried foods are really tasty. I think it is okay to indulge once in a while. It was a treat for me as I have not had these in a while.

      Yes, the rice cereals gave the fritters a nice crunch. I fried a new batch for my boys when they got home from school and they really enjoyed them. I normally just eat it on its own but I think they will definitely go well with vanilla ice cream.

  3. says

    Love Goreng Pisang! In Asia, they use smaller (sweeter, red-fleshed) bananas for Goreng Pisang. Can you find those bananas over there?

    Love your enamel cup! Nostalgia…

    • Biren says

      I have seen the small red bananas once at the store but I don’t think they have the ones you are referring to. We basically only find two types of bananas here – regular or organic.

      I love those small enamel mugs. They are great for teh tarik and coffee. Pretty hard to find these days.

  4. says

    Oh Biren, this is one of my favorite too! I used to buy Pisang Goreng at one of the popular at the hawker center. But yours looks definitely healthier using rice cereals. Mmm…very delicious. Thumbs UP!!

    • Biren says

      I have not eaten pisang goreng for a long time and decided to make it this morning. I fried the rest when hubby and the boys came home from work and school. It was nice and crunchy and they loved it. :)

    • Biren says

      Lol! You do have a way with words Denise. :) I have not eaten a lot of these foods being away from the culture and absence does make the heart grow fonder. My boys are loving all these “treats” I have been making. :)

  5. Jeannie says

    I try to avoid this delicious goreng pisang because of the high oil content but as you said eating in moderation is fine! Great idea to use rice cereal for the extra crunch!

  6. says

    My daughter has been bugging me to make ‘goreng pisang’ for several weeks now! I have never included rice crispies in the batter, sounds really interesting, an added crunch!

  7. says

    I love your take on pisang goreng. I eat a lot of the stuff when I”m in Malaysia. It probably is the lure of buying from the street vendors that gets to me. Plantain is not always available in the supermarkets here in London so it is nice to know that it can be done with eating bananas. My children will surely love this, especially the cereal crumbs.

  8. says

    I opened up your blog this morning, saw these delicious treats, and immediately said YUM out loud. These looks so good Biren. I only wish I had one to go with my cup of tea right this minute. Definitely a must try.

  9. Kitty Kat says

    I love goreng pisang….just did not think to use ordinary bananas! I will try using rice flour and rice cereal to give it the crunch!

  10. DongXing says

    Yum yum yum, that’s all I can say when I opened up your blog at lunch time. Another one of my favourite snacks, which is equally shared by my children. Funny how kids don’t like ripe or slightly skin-blemished bananas but would eat tons of goreng pisang made from ripe bananas. I do like your take on the cereal crumbs – that will make the goreng pisang disappeared even faster!!! And that enamel mug just brought back childhood memories of drinking my hot milo in the morning….

    • Biren says

      Good way to use up those ripe bananas. I ended up making more than 6 as the hubby and boys loved it. They were eating it while I was frying but no problems as it only takes a couple of minutes.

      I love those enamel mugs. Finally managed to pull my teh tarik with them. I did it over the sink. It was fun. :) Have not had milo in ages. Will have to get some soon.

  11. says

    Wow! I’m so glad you posted this, Biren. It brings back sweet memories. Indeed, a much loved afternoon snack or High-Tea by most Malaysians. The disadvantage here in the West is that you can’t find a lot of varieties of bananas. I love the banana fritters from pisang tanduk. When quite ripe, they are very sweet when batter fried. As usual, adore your stylish photos. I’m drooling all over 😛

    • Biren says

      How true – I can only find organic or non-organic bananas but they will have to do. Taste just as good, if not better since they are freshly made. Thanks for the compliments. :)

  12. sokelengl says

    Your recipe is great and reliable. I just tried it out 24 hrs ago. I don’t have rice cereal in the kitchen. I simple replaced it with oatmeal and Nestum cereal. Plus I added a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into the batter to make it fluffier.

    Anyway thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


    • Biren says

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Using oatmeal and Nestum is a great idea to give it a crunchy topping. Nestum is something I have not heard of in a long time. Reminds me of childhood. :) I used rice cereals just to keep it gluten-free.

  13. says

    I have not deep fried anything in my life, but so far baking and broiling worked out pretty well as a substitute. I think I’ll try the same with this recipe. It must be delicious with ice cream!

  14. says

    It’s my first time to visit your site,just found you on facebook :) Pisang Goreng is one of my favorite snack or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert,I love the idea using rice cereal for crushed,looks delicious :)

    • Biren says

      Thanks for visiting, Ridwan! Glad that you found me through FB. I like using the rice cereals as it is so crunchy. Yes, a scoop of ice cream with this would be lovely. :)


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