Banana Fritters

Ethaka Appam or Banana Fritters are a favourite tea time treat. We’ve eaten them while floating through the Backwaters of Kerala, and they go beautifully with chai at our favourite roadside stops. They’re a great distraction from the perils and excitement of our road trips.

No matter where we eat them, banana fritters are a favourite and we hope you like them as much as we do.

Note: Choose bananas that are ripe but not overly so.

Ethaka Appam – Banana Fritters Recipe

4 -6 servings


1 cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
1 cup water (more or less as needed)
4 ripe bananas
2 cups coconut oil


  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and sesame seeds with enough water to make a batter that is fairly thick but that will coat and cling to the bananas.
  2. Peel the bananas, cut in half and then cut each half lengthwise.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy pan or wok on medium-high heat. The oil should reach a temperature of 350℉.
  4. Dip the banana pieces into the batter and then straight into the hot oil.
  5. Deep-fry until golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to help remove residual fat.
  7. Enjoy at tea time or as a snack anytime.



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