Monday 29 March 2010

Kuih Kodok/ Jemput-Jemput Pisang (Malaysian Mashed Banana Fritters)

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Also known as cengkodok, jemput-jemput or cucur pisang and commonly sold freshly fried as a snack from Malaysia's ubiquitous roadside stalls, the delectable kuih kodok or "toad cake" is so-named apparently due to the fritter's uneven knobbly appearance. The taste however could not be further from its ugly moniker- soft and moist on the inside with a crisp golden brown exterior, it is one of my favourite ways to use overripe bananas (there are only so many banana breads you can make before your tastebuds cry out for variety).

Some versions I've seen of kuih kodok resemble great big stodgy balls of dough more than little squishy fritters- I prefer mine like this, bite-size, packed full of fresh banana and with only a touch of flour to make it puff and crisp. Multiply or modify the recipe below as desired- it takes almost no time or effort whatsoever.

Kuih Kodok/ Jemput-Jemput Pisang (Malaysian Mashed Banana Fritters)
*Makes 5-6 pieces (serves 1)

Combine in a small bowl to form a thick batter:

1 overripe banana, mashed
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp rice flour (for crispness)
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (if you feel like it)

*Some non-purists chuck in some dessicated coconut or cinnamon into the mix too- it's not authentic, but I bet it tastes good :)

Heat some oil in the smallest pot you have (so you don't have to waste too much covering a large surface area) over medium heat until hot. Using two teaspoons, slowly drop small balls of the batter in carefully and deep fry quickly for about a minute until golden, flipping frequently to make sure it browns evenly. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on some paper towels.

Serve immediately.


  1. Oh delicious! Baking powder! That's what I left out of mine - no wonder they were so flat! :D

  2. Made these for the family yesterday and they all loved them - they were amazing. But all asked for dusting of sugar and cinnamon next time - so much for authenticity! Great way to use up bananas that have been left for too long.

  3. Hi Su-Lin,

    Yea baking powder will make it puff a bit more, though it doesn't affect the taste :)

    Thanks Ian, glad to hear it went down well!