Indonesian Style Authentic Pisang Goreng Recipe

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This is the authentic Indonesian style pisang goreng recipe you must try! When you come to Indonesia, you have to try Indonesian banana fritters (pisang goreng). Indonesia is so blessed with robust cultivation and they have bananas everywhere. Hence, one of the most popular creation out of banana is banana fritters, which you can find in almost every cafes in Indonesia.

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Pisang goreng served with condensed milk, cheese and chocolate rice

There are many creations of Indonesian banana fritters. For example, there is the famous honey fried bananas, fan-like banana fritters, traditional fried bananas, and many others.

Do you know that bananas have many types and sizes? Each type has its unique feature and taste.

Of course they are all sweet and you can use them for any kinds of desserts. But certain type is more suitable for certain type of dessert. You just have to try and be creative.

The types of bananas most suitable for banana fritters are kepok, tanduk, and raja. I will show you the many kinds of bananas in Indonesia later in this article.

There are many kinds of banana fritters in Asian countries besides Indonesia. You can also find them in Singapore, Malaysia, and many Asian countries.

Maybe each place’s version is different. But each carries one thing in common, deliciousness! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Plain original banana fritter

Best Deep-fried Dessert In The World

Recently in February 2023, TasteAtlas has ranked pisang goreng or banana fritter as the best deep-fried dessert in the world!

It has been Indonesia’s best deep-fried snack that you can easily find everywhere in any cities in Indonesia. Everyone loves it.

You really must try this recipe! Even TasteAtlas has confirmed it is the best deep-fried snack in the world!

tasteatlas pisang goreng banana fritter

Types of Bananas in Indonesia

In Indonesia you can find a lot of banana types. Here I will write down the popular ones. Each has its own characteristics.

Kepok Banana

Pisang Kepok or the Kepok banana, is a super popular banana variety in Indonesia, especially in Java. You can notice its thick, bright yellow peel and slightly sweet, dense, tender flesh.

Indonesian people use pisang kepok in many of their traditional snacks, including banana fritters, because of its sturdy texture and ability to hold its shape during frying.

When it comes to banana fritters, this type is my first choice! The meat is very soft and becomes even softer after fried.

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KEPOK

King Banana (Pisang Raja)

Pisang Raja, or the King banana, lives up to its name with its distinctive flavor and appearance. It is characterized by its long shape, deep yellow color, and a firm yet creamy texture.

Pisang Raja is popular for its rich, sweet taste, often described as having hints of honey and vanilla. You can eat this type of banana fresh in local ice desserts or fried.

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Pisang raja (Banana king)

Horn Banana (Pisang Tanduk)

Pisang Tanduk, also known as the Horn banana or Plantain banana, is a popular cooking banana in Indonesia. It features a large size, thick peel, and firm, starchy flesh that is less sweet compared to dessert bananas.

Pisang Tanduk is commonly used in traditional Indonesian dishes such as banana fritters, where its sturdiness and mild flavor complement the crispy batter.

The shape of Pisang Tanduk resembles a long horn. This type of banana is very long, around 23-28 cm. It has thick skin. The taste is a little bit sour.

Definitely my number 2 choice for making banana fritters!

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Pisang tanduk

Ambonese Banana (Pisang Ambon)

Pisang Ambon, also known as the Ambon banana or the Cavendish banana, is one of the most common banana varieties in Indonesia. It has a vibrant green peel that turns yellow as it ripens, and its flesh is creamy and sweet.

Pisang Ambon is versatile and can be enjoyed raw, but it is also a popular choice for making banana fritters due to its firm texture and mild sweetness.

pisang ambon

Golden Banana (Pisang Mas)

Golden bananas are very small in size compared to Pisang Raja or Pisang Tanduk. It is short and the color is brilliant yellow like gold. It is very sweet and best eaten without cooked, fried, or baked. It has a different texture than the other types.

Since the size is small, it is usually consumed as is. Its texture is more dense and fulfilling.

banana fritter pisang mas

How To Choose Ripe Bananas

The best bananas used for dessert making is the ones that is ripe. You can tell the ripeness by the freckles it has on its skin. The more freckles it has, the more ripe the bananas. The darker the skin, the more ripe the bananas.

Don’t worry if your bananas are almost rotten, like really black! You can make a lot of wonderful desserts from ripe bananas.

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Bananas turning ripe

If your bananas has turned black, do not throw it away! Use it to bake banana bread. You can still have a wonderful dessert out of super ripe bananas. Banana bread with super ripe bananas is even the best!

Banana Fritters / Pisang Goreng in Indonesia

You can find so many banana dessert creations in Indonesia. In this article I will focus on banana fritters / pisang goreng. There are so many kinds of pisang goreng recipe in Indonesia. People just never get tired of this traditional sweet dessert.

Honey Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Madu)

Honey fried bananas may look like a burnt fried bananas, but it’s not. Honey is added to the batter before frying and after that the fried banana fritter is also brushed with honey again.

A lot of people like this banana fritter, they are willing to line up for this wonderful dessert.

Fan-like Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Kipas)

The bananas are sliced thinly and line up resembling a fan. It is then dipped in a batter and deep-fried until golden brown. This kind of fried bananas come from Kalimantan and later become popular all over Indonesia. It is usually served with coconut jam.

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Fan-like banana fritters

Naked Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Polos)

Plain fried banana or naked banana fritters use no flour in frying. They are simply ripe banana fried with margarine or butter.

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Naked banana fritters

Crunchy Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Krispi)

If you see banana fritters with curly crispy batter on the outside, the ingredients are rice flour, vanilla extract, and coconut cream. The coconut cream adds fragrance to the fried bananas.

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Crunchy banana fritters

Sandy Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Pasir)

Sandy fried bananas use egg white and breadcrumbs so it creates sand-like texture on the banana skin. It makes the fried banana looks like croquette, another Indonesian snack from colonial era.

sandy fried banana pisang goreng recipe
Sandy fried banana

Manadonese Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Manado)

Manadonese fried banana is really extraordinary. This is the only sweet dessert served with spicy chili sauce.

I was a bit surprised to see the chili sauce and to be informed that it is super spicy. The chili sauce even has some garfish or roa fish blend in it. Garfish is a type of fish found in North Sulawesi.

manadonese fried banana pisang goreng recipe
Manadonese fried banana

Molen Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Molen)

Molen fried bananas are banana with thin pastry-like sheet on the outside. You get a thick crunchy texture from the outside and soft banana inside.

You can find molen fried banana in street food stalls in Indonesia.

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Molen fried banana

Javanese Banana Fritters (Pisang Goreng Jawa)

Javanese banana fritters look just like banana shape with thin layer of crispy skin on the outside. This type of fried banana originates from Java island. The main ingredients are rice flour, egg, and some water.

In some parts in Java they make it a little bit salty served with chili sauce. Some other parts in Java tend to make it sweeter.

This type of fried banana mostly uses horn banana.

PISANG GORENG JAWA
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Are Banana Fritters / Pisang Goreng Healthy?

Everyone will say fruits are healthy. Bananas are fruit with loads of potassium, so they are supposed to be healthy, right?

One thing you need to remember, bananas contains a lot of sugar in it, especially the ripe ones. The sugar in fruit is fructose.

For diabetics, you need to be more careful. No matter how delicious it is! Eat moderately.

Deep-frying banana with coconut oil helps reduce inflammation risk brought by vegetable oil. I always use coconut oil for deep-frying.

I will try to avoid eating deep-fried foods as much as possible. But I have to admit, when I am faced with fried banana, I can’t resist it! ๐Ÿ˜€

How To Make Fried Bananas Crunchy?

If you really like your fried bananas to be a bit crunchy, add some rice flour into your pisang goreng recipe. It will make the result more crunchy.

Traditional Indonesian Banana Fritters

Now the pisang goreng recipe I always use to make at home has been passed down from my grandmother.

I combine 3 kinds of flours to create crunchy yet soft coating.

Tossing sesame seeds into the batter will add fragrance to the fried bananas. Sprinkle some, you will feel the difference!

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My version of banana fritters

Pisang Goreng Recipe

Ingredients

  • 50 gr butter/margarine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ยผ tsp salt
  • 60 gr flour
  • 60 gr glutinous rice flour
  • 60 gr tapioca flour
  • 150-200 ml water
  • 20 gr white sesame seeds (optional)

How To

  1. Beat the butter, sugar, and salt until well blended.
  2. Sieve flour, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour and put into the butter mixture.
  3. Afterwards, pour 150 ml water first and mix well.
  4. If you think it is too thick, add more water. Do not add more than 200 ml, it will be too runny.
  5. If you like it more crunchy, you can add 1-2 tbsp rice flour.
  6. Add white sesame seeds (optional) to the batter.
  7. Cut the banana into slices. Put into the batter and mix until evenly coated.
  8. Heat oil for cooking. Check with a bamboo stick. If it is hot enough, there will be small bubbles coming out at the stick.
  9. Put in the batter-coated banana into the hot oil one by one. Fry until golden brown.
  10. Drain on a kitchen towel.
  11. You can sprinkle the fried bananas with chocolate rice and grated cheese or coconut jam.
  12. Enjoy with a cup of milk tea!

Serving

You can serve deep fried banana fritters or pisang goreng in various ways. You can just serve the pisang goreng as it is.

Sprinkle with condensed milk, grated cheese, and chocolate rice to take it to the next level. Or serve with a dollop of Kaya jam.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What type of bananas should I use for fried bananas?

A: Popular choices in Indonesia include Pisang Kepok, Pisang Raja, Pisang Tanduk. You can also use Cavendish Banana if that is the only available bananas in your area. As long as it still keeps its firm shape after frying, it is okay.

Q: Can I use gluten-free flour for the batter?

A: Yes, you can use gluten-free flour such as tapioca flour, glutinous rice flour. Or you can just fry the bananas plain like the Naked Fried Banana.

Q: How to store the leftover fried bananas?

A: Even though fried bananas are best fresh and crispy, you can still keep them in an airtight container if you have some leftovers. Keep in the chiller for up to 2 days. You can reheat them in air-fryer or microwave or fry them again with low heat.

Q: Can I make the batter in advance?

A: I would highly recommend to make the batter fresh just before frying the bananas. But if you have to make it in advance, you can keep the batter in a container in the chiller for up to 2 days.

Q: Is is safe for vegetarians or vegans?

A: I include butter in my pisang goreng recipe. You can substitute it with margarine or coconut milk instead.

Conclusion

Banana Fritters from Indonesia has been voted as number one deep-fried dessert in the world. It is indeed popular in Indonesia.

Even though there are many kinds of bananas and many types of pisang goreng recipe in Indonesia, they are all very delicious! They are worth trying!

There are many other traditional Indonesian snacks recipes in my blog. You can check Wajik or Lemper Ayam, they are very delicious and easy to make.

indonesian banana fritter pisang goreng

Indonesian Banana Fritter

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Indonesian Banana Fritter with white sesame seeds are the most favorite snack in Indonesia. Try it out! You won't regret it!

Ingredients

  • 50 gr butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ยผ tsp salt
  • 60 gr flour
  • 60 gr glutinous rice flour
  • 60 gr tapioca flour
  • 150-200 ml water
  • 20 gr white sesame seeds (optional)
  • Ripe bananas (any kind)

Instructions

  1. Beat butter, sugar, and salt until well mixed.
  2. Put in the flour, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour. Sieve them first.
  3. Mix well. You can add some white sesame seeds if you like.
  4. Pour in the water. Pour 100 ml first. Check if it is thick enough to coat the bananas. If it is too thick, you can add some more water.
  5. Cut the bananas into slices.
  6. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan. Wait until the oil is hot enough. Check with a bamboo stick.
  7. Dip the banana slices into the batter. Make sure it is coated evenly and put in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown.
  8. Serve with coconut jam or with black coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

Notes

1. Choose ripe bananas with brown freckles on the skin.

2. Cut into even slices.

3. The batter should be thick enough to cover the banana slices.

4. Enjoy while still hot.

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