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Delicious pan fried bakabana

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Pan fried bakabana is the best. A great snack you can serve with peanut satay sauce or powdered sugar.

This Surinamese recipe is made with just four ingredients including ripe plantains. Fry it in oil and you will have such a great appetizer or midday snack. Ready to learn how to make this delicious pan-fried bakabana? Let’s get started!

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One of the best things about having a mixed background is that I like so many foods. My father is from Surinam and one of the many things he would make is bakabana.

Just the other day I realized it has been a while so time to share with you this favorite. Besides plantain, it contains only four ingredients.

Surinam foods is actually a melting pot of many different cultures. The Creole, Javaan, Chinese and Indian foods all come together there.

It is probably the reason why I like these types of foods so much as I have Creole and Chinese blood in my family (and lots more but I will not bore you with my family history).

Ever since I remember my father would make us roti and roti chicken and bakabana. To eat as a snack or to eat as a side dish.

Bakabana ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to make bakabana. Most likely you have most already in your kitchen cabinet:

  • Ripe plantain
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

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How to make fried bakabana 

To make fried plantain you need ripe plantain because that is the main ingredient.

I am sure you can use a regular banana for this recipe as I have eaten it in Chinese restaurants but I like it better with plantain.

Plantain looks like a banana but takes much longer to get ripe. There are many discussion on when you can eat plantain and I like to eat it when it is totally ripe.

You have to cook it though because you can’t eat plantain like a regular banana.

While I like a regular banana not to be overripe with plantain for me it is a must. The riper a plantain (the skin is almost black) the sweeter it gets.

Take a bowl and add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine before you add the water and turn it into a batter.

Slice the plantain about an inch thick. Dip a slice completely into the batter. You could bake them in a fryer or you heat a skillet with a layer of oil (my favorite method)

Heat it up and bake the bakabana until golden brown. Turn and pan-fry the other side.

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Eat bakabana with

You can eat your bakabana with:

  • Satay sauce – a peanut sauce. You can make it yourself take the peanut butter recipe as the base. Take 4 tablespoons of peanut, add 2 tablespoons of milk, about 1/2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce and a splash of Sriracha sauce. Stir and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. If to thick add a splash of water.
  • Powdered sugar – sprinkle with powdered or icing sugar

See how to make delicious pan-fried bakabana

Want to know how easy it is to make this delicious pan-fried bakabana recipe? Watch the 1-minute food instruction video.

You can follow along and make this snack yourself.


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Delicious pan fried baka bana

Serves: 8 Prep Time: 2 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes
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I’m showing you how to make fried bakabana. Besides plantain it contains only four ingredients. Super easy recipe to make this sweet Surinamese snack.


  • 1 ripe plantain
  • ½ cup of all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • Snif of salt
  • ½ cup of warm water


  1. Put the all purpose flour in a bowl and add the baking soda and salt
  2. Stir through and add the water. Whisk into a batter similar to pancake batter
  3. Cut the plantain in small slices
  4. Dip each slice of plantain in the batter
  5. Heat a baking pan and cover the bottom with oil
  6. Pan fry about three pieces of baka bana at a time
  7. Drain on kitchen paper.
  8. Serve immediately

Nutrition facts

Calories: 56; Fat: 0.2g; Carbs: 13.1g; Protein: 1.1g;

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