‘Fried Green Bananas’ Fries

Don’t you just love the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’? Now that is a recipe for another day, but today, I found downstairs in the local supermarket a huge bunch of very very green bananas. I wanted to buy ripe ones but they only had these. I am reminded of the ubiquitous Malaysian kids favourite go-to snack, the ‘pisang goreng’, fried bananas in batter. (Or is it goreng pisang?)  But I wasn’t too keen on frying and I thought maybe I can roast it in the oven somehow to make ‘fries’. A sort of pisang goreng but without the goreng (fry). And how about making it savoury too? To dip in chilli sauce! I was on a roll.
Warning, green unripe bananas are very difficult to cut and peel, so be careful. And the slimy liquid (or ‘getah’ we call in Malay) will stay and stain your hands and clothes and is extremely difficult to wash off. So wear gloves and be patient!


A bunch of green, unripe bananas. Remove skin and cut into fries like below.
Fine breadcrumbs, enough to coat the bananas generously.
Olive oil, enough to coat the bananas generously.
Salt and pepper.


1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
2. Coat the banana pieces with the olive oil. (Use your fingers, Jamie Oliver style! Toss! Toss!)
3. Coat the oiled pieces with breadcrumbs (More tossing!)

4. Season with salt and pepper, generously. (Toss some more!)

5. Roast in the oven until golden brown.
6. Serve hot, with chilli sauce, or ketchup. (Or any sort of dipping sauce you like.)

One comment

  1. […] I love quinoa. I first tried it when I read about in the Guardian about 10 years ago when I was living in the UK. Its been a staple in my cupboard, although I do use it sparingly and when I want to treat myself. It’s rather expensive here in Greece but prices vary from store to store. Some health food stores charge exorbitant prices for this wonderful grain. My favourite place to buy this is at a store (will look up name and address of store soon) in the centre of Athens near the Vegetarian & Vegan restaurant Avocado. This dish is vegetarian. It has nuts and seeds and quinoa (which is high in protein) and avocados and half a boiled egg. There isn’t a special dressing to this dish really – the quinoa is seasoned and flavoured with the garlic, ginger and spring onions and cooked in olive oil. I just ate the salad plain but if you want you can have a bit of dressing of your choice. And again, if you want to add more salad vegetables, you can. It’s really a side salad to be eaten with a main dish, or if you are serving it as a main dish (as I did here), have a side dish as well. I had it with some ‘Fried Green Bananas’ Fries. […]


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