This naturally sweet and flavoursome dessert is based on an Indonesian recipe but is actually a common treat all over Southeast Asia. It is easy to make and the number of portions may be doubled or trebled.
Peel the bananas and cut them in half widthwise. For the batter, combine the flour, sugar, egg and water in a small bowl. Mix well to form a smooth, thick batter.
Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or wok until moderately hot. Put the banana halves into the batter mixture, then lift out the fruit using a slotted spoon and drain off any excess batter. Deep-fry each piece for about 2 minutes until golden and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat the process until you have fried all the bananas. Arrange them on a serving platter and dust with sugar. Serve at once.
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