Saturday, July 03, 2010

Cekodok (Fried Banana Balls)

D2 just loves to eat "cekodok". I've been buying them in the morning for his breakfast. I decided that maybe I should just learn to cook it myself. Since I had some banana handy yesterday, I put my cooking skills to the test. Plus, I have a new toy to play with.

Say hi to my new Philips food processor

The "cekodok" turned out quite nice; as nice as the ones I buy from the shop (that's what D1 said).

I bought more bananas this morning and fried some more today. This time, I documented the process to share with you.

"Cekodok" Recipe
  • Bananas
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder (to make it fluff up)
  • Brown sugar (white sugar is fine too)
  • Oil for frying
How to Cook
Mash up the bananas. You can do it with a fork. I just put it into my food processor and let it do all the work. So effortless :) Add the sugar, maybe about 2 tbsp. You can add more if you want it sweeter. But we are trying to be healthy right? So, cut down on the sugar ok. Then add in the flour gradually.

Don't add too much in one go because you want to check the consistency of the mixture. You want it kinda thick but still be able to glide off your spoon. Don't get it too thick coz' then the "cekodok" will be too hard. Here is a video I took just to show you what consistency I worked with.

Heat up your oil. If you want to know whether the oil is ready for frying, take a little bit of batter and put it in the oil. If you see bubbles, the oil is hot enough. Put your fire on medium-low so it doesn't cook too fast and burn. Take about 1tsp of mixture and drop it into the oil. It makes a nice, cute size.

Take them out when they turn dark brown. Put them onto a plate lined with kitchen towels to soak up the oil. Enjoy!

  • I didn't specify how many bananas to use because bananas come in different sizes. Plus, some people want to cook a lot (like me coz' I have so many hungry dinosaurs) and some just want enough to feed 2 mouths. For instance, today I used 10 medium sized bananas. Anyway, work on trying to achieve the right consistency in the mixture. That way, you can prepare as much or as little as you want.
  • You can substitute flour and baking powder with self raising flour.
  • Some recipes call for powder milk and vanilla essence. You can try putting those in of course. I tried putting some powder milk yesterday. Didn't really taste much difference from today's. I think the basic bananas, baking powder, flour, sugar already tastes good.
  • At the shop, I pay 10 cents for one. Today, I made 59 (it only lasted about 15 minutes before it was all gone). I paid RM3.10 for the bunch of bananas. Plus, the ones I made are bigger than the ones at the shop, and have more banana taste. Guess I won't be buying anymore.

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  1. We love cengkodok here too but I don't have a food processor lor. Do you ever re-use the oil? Baby K is sooooo cute! We should have a playdate!

  2. Actually, you don't need a food processor to do it. Can just use a fork to mash the bananas. But take longer time to do lah. I do re-use the oil. I'll use it for cooking lunch and dinner later. I know probably not very healthy but must save wherever I can. But must be reasonable also. Won't re-use the oil if the oil is already "polluted" or bad.
    Playdate sounds good. But I think we are at opposite ends of the world (so to speak lah) :)


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