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Deep-fried bananas in sesame batter

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
Dietary Vegetarian
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. Place the vegetable oil into a deep, heavy-based saucepan and heat until a small cube of bread sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  2. Place the sesame seeds and self-raising flour into a large bowl. Whisk in enough cold sparkling water to make a thick batter.

  3. Dip the banana slices into the batter, then carefully lower into the hot oil. Deep fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  4. To serve, pile onto a serving plate and dust with icing sugar.


  • 300ml/½ pint vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 400ml/14fl oz cold sparkling water
  • 2 bananas, peeled and thickly sliced
  • icing sugar, to dust

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