Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cucur Kodok

Cucur in Malay language means 'fried'.Kodok means 'toad' or 'toad-shaped'.This dish is a part of Malaysian kuih or snacks usually fingerfoods.There are several snack cakes and pastries in Malaysia,but usually fried .Now this dish is also known as Cekodok ,Kuih Kodok,Cucur Pisang etc and is made of mashed bananas (or pisang in Malay) and wheat/Allpurpose Flour.Now There are several versions some containing egg,milk etc.while searching I found several versions some vegan as well and adapted this one which is eggless and has coconut to add a little crunch to it.

Ingredients:
Bananas: 2 big bananas preferably overripe.
Sugar: 2 tbsp +/-
Coconut flakes: 2 tbsp
Wheat Flour: 8 tbsp +/-
Salt: a pinch

Water: optionally 4 tbsp +/-

Preparation:
Peel and mash the bananas in a big bowl.You can mash it chunkily allowing bite size pieces.Mix in sugar,coconut,salt to it.

Add wheat flour 4 tbsp at a time and mix well so that the banana mash is fully coated in this and a batter starts to form.Add in water little by little to obtain a thick yet pourable batter.Actually if you like you can make it runny as well as I have seen here.Or if your bananas are too overripe then no need to add water at all.I went for a thick batter and added around 2-4 tbsp of water to obtain the batter.


Heat oil in a big frying pan.Drop sccopfuls of batter into hot oil and deep fry till golden brown.Drain on paper towels and serve as a snack.


Now after reading the recipe and seeing the picture,if you are finding it familiar then ofcourse it is familiar.It is none other than sweet banana fritters in a different way.It is similar to fried modaks that we make during Ganesh Chathurthi or the Kerala road side popular snack of 'pazham pori' this is the Malaysian way of doing the fritters.It is also similar to Pisang Goreng an Indonesian snack of cut,battered and fried bananas.So its small (and similar) world after all.

The chunks in the fritters along with the little coconut add a bite to the dish.The fritters are supposed to be like toad or small frogs hence the name kodok(toad in Malay).The fritters are on way to IAVW:Malaysian hosted by Vaishali of HolyCow.

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