Easy Peasy Pisang Goreng {Fried bananas}

Pisang Goreng Title Pic

Do you love bananas? I have the easiest 5 ingredients recipe to share with you today.

We all know that the ever popular pisang goreng {fried banana} is eaten all over Indonesia and other parts of South-east Asia, and is loved by many all around the world!

Whole bananas dipped in batter and deep fried are very popular as a street food or a home-made snack. However, if bananas become over-ripe {and this is when I generally tend to cook with bananas} – they are often mashed and prepared slightly differently, as I’m going to share with you today.

I always create my pisang goreng from this simple recipe, from an old family friend and altered to just the way I like it.

This is one of  THE easiest Indonesian recipes I know. Using only 5 ingredients {6 – with the inclusion of cinnamon sugar for serving} hence the reason why I have made this so many times back in my teaching days. It’s the perfect recipe as it’s cheap and easy! You could make these with Pre-schoolers/Early Childhood learners! And yes, obviously if you were going to make these with a grade then you are going to need loads of bananas. {And yes, I do know how expensive they are down in the south here!} however, I usually have students working in small groups of 4-5 – this way all students get that hands-on experience and they will each get more pisang goreng to eat! {Win-win for the students!}

TIP: Go on a hunt for over-ripe bananas at your local market. You can usually pick-up a bag of over-ripe bananas for a fraction of the cost of perfectly ripe bananas at the supermarket. Save on your budget! {I know how precious school budgets are; especially Languages budgets!}

Okay, here we go folks…


Pisang Goreng The Ingredients


  1. 3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup plain flour
  4. 1 1/2 tblsp sugar
  5. oil for frying
  6. cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top! {Optional but recommended!}


  • Mash bananas finely.

Pisang Goreng Mash the Bananas

  • Mix bananas well with sugar, sifted flour and egg.

Pisang Goreng Mix all the ingredients

  • Heat oil in a pan and drop in a spoonful of the banana batter {which spoon you choose to use is totally up to you, depending on the size of the fritters you want to make}. Cook several at one time.

TIP: The mixture can be deep fried or shallow fried. I tend to shallow-fry as a healthier option.

Pisang Goreng Fry the Mixture

  • When the edges of the fritters start to turn brown, it’s time to flip them over. When your fritters are crisp and golden brown on both sides, remove them from the pan, place on paper towel to drain and serve while still warm.

Pisang Goreng Golden brown in pan

*I love a dusting of cinnamon sugar on mine! Yum! {And if you wanted to be really ‘nakal‘ then add a scoop of your favourite ice cream!}

Pisang goreng closeup

*I also added some coconut to half of my mixture this time, just to try something different. Can I just say… I think I’ll be adding coconut to the whole mixture next time! It was yum! {I am a bit of a coconut freak!}

Pisang Goreng Add Coconut

And that’s it folks – the easiest pisang goreng recipe I know. Hope you try it out and integrate some simple traditional cooking into your Indonesian Languages Program and at home too! I promise it will be a big hit!

Do you like pisang goreng?

Have you ever made pisang goreng in your Indonesian Languages classroom?

Was it a hit with your students? 

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