Spicy Banana Fritters Recipe
This recipe is an easy and tasty way to use bananas; you can serve it as either an appetizer, snack or even as a dessert with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. But whichever way you decide to serve these delicious treats, rest assured they will always be a huge hit.
SPICY BANANA FRITTERS
4-6 firm but ripe small to medium size bananas
1 cup thick coconut milk (canned is fine)
2 tbsp honey
¼ tsp red chili powder (to taste)
½ tsp ground cumin powder
½ tsp garam masala
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of salt
½ cup panko (Japanese style breadcrumbs)
½ cup thinly sliced almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup shredded coconut (large size, unsweetened)
1 tbsp unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. You can also shallow fry these if you prefer but baking them is the healthier option. Butter a shallow baking dish and set aside until needed.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the coconut milk along with honey. Now add the spices (red chili powder, ground cumin powder, garam masala, nutmeg & salt). Whisk together until well combined and set aside until needed.
In a shallow dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs with the almond pieces and shredded coconut. Mix well and set aside until needed.
Peel & cut the bananas in half lengthwise and then again in half -- so basically you have 4 pieces about 2-3” in length/banana. Dip each piece in the spiced coconut milk until it is well coated and then roll them in the panko/almond/coconut breadcrumbs until the banana is well coated on each side. Place the prepared bananas in a single layer in the baking dish and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with your favorite sauces such as mango or apricot chutney or a sweet chili sauce for an appetizer. You could also serve these with a warm chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert.
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