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Super Easy Banana Fritters

Bananas have a long history in Africa, where they are an essential staple food for many people. Bananas make fritters, bread, chips, ketchup, beer, wine, vinegar, flour, oil, and more.

The arrival of bananas in Africa is around the sixth century AD, when they were brought by Muslim traders from South Asia and the Middle East. Bananas spread along trade routes from eastern to western Africa and were carried by Islamists who occupied parts of Madagascar. Bananas have different names and varieties in different regions of Africa, and they are used for both cooking and dessert. 

One name for bananas in West Africa is matoke, which refers to a specific group of starchy bananas known as East African Highland bananas. These bananas are usually cooked and mashed into a meal, and are considered a staple food in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and other countries in the region. Bananas are also known by other names in West Africa, such as amatooke in Buganda, ekitookye in southwestern Uganda, ekitooke in western Uganda, kamatore in Lugisu, ebitooke in northwestern Tanzania, and igitoki in Rwanda and Burundi.

Banana fritters
Banana fritters 

Bananas are a staple food in many parts of Africa, used for cooking and eating. Bananas can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, baked, mashed, dried, or fermented. They can also be made into flour, beer, wine, vinegar, or oil. The diversity of banana dishes reflects the diversity of ethnic groups in Africa, which have different culinary traditions and preferences.

Banana fritters are a popular snack or dessert in many cuisines. They are made by coating ripe bananas or plantains with a batter of flour, sugar, eggs, and spices, and then frying them in hot oil until golden and crispy. Banana fritters can be enjoyed plain or with toppings such as powdered sugar, honey, syrup, ice cream, or coconut. They are a great way to use up overripe bananas and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Super Easy Banana Fritters


10 medium very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 beaten egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
Sugar for dusting


Mash the bananas well in a bowl. Stir in nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg. Add 2 cups flour and mix well. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Drop 1 tablespoon at a time of the mixture into the oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Serve hot.

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