For the Brazilian meal, I made this banana frita or fried banana as a side dish. When I first read about it, I thought it to be raw banana but after going through recipes, I came to know that they are fully ripe bananas. And there are also so many versions of this frita. Some fried the bananas whole while some sliced it into quarters. Some sliced it as I have done. And there are also variations in frying them. Some are fried plain while some fried it after coating the bananas in bread crumbs or flour. I went for a simple deep frying.
I was sceptical to make this as a side dish in a meal. But still I really was doing authentic recipes and didn’t want to skip it. So I sliced only two bananas and fried them. I gave a slice to my daughter and she told me it was too sweet. So I didn’t make another batch. But after it cooled down, it tasted so nice and the sweetness was not over powering. When hot it is gooey and once cool, it is firm and nice. If fried until nicely brown, they also turn crispy which is so much tastier. So if I do it again, I am planning on slicing the bananas thin and frying it for a longer time so that all the slices become crunchy.
Oil To Deep Fry
Salt and Garlic Powder to taste
Peel the ripe bananas and slice them into 1/2″ slices.
In a pan add water and some salt.
Place the sliced bananas in the salt water for 15-30 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan.
Remove the banana slices from water and wipe out the water with tissue.
Deep fry in hot oil until golden.
Drain oil and place the fried slices in a plate.
Sprinkle salt and garlic powder and mix well.
Serve along with Rice and Beans.
Brazilian Feijoada (click on image for recipe)