We had these for tea yesterday. Mum made them and they tasted really great. And I learned that she has a special deep frying batter recipe which I think is worth sharing.
What are these? A local fruit fried in batter, in a manner similar to banana fritters. A street food found when the fruits are in season. The name of the fruit is Chempedak, an exotic fruit native to South East Asia. I searched around and I don't think there's an English name for it, but its close cousin known as Nangka in the local language is Jackfruit in English. Some say the fruit looks ugly, its edible arils are kinda soft and gooey adding to the ugly definition. But they have a very strong aroma (which some can't stand, something of the durian category) and they are sweet tasting. They can be eaten raw but taste heavenly when fried in batter.
A look at the arils, I love the beautiful orangey hue. Depending on the size of the fruit, one can get around 50-100 arils in a fruit.
And this is how they looked after being fried. It's a little unfortunate that the arils are kinda thin for this particular fruit (think Forrest Gump and his box of chocolate). Note the nice, crisp golden brown and non greasy thin layer of batter. Can you see its gooey texture??
Now, coming to Mum's special recipe...Typically batter for deep frying would be made from flour and water with a little salt added in. Out of curiosity, I asked Mum for her recipe because I found hers very light, thin, crunchy and most importantly not greasy. I wasn't expecting anything extra ordinary but I was pleasantly surprised to know that she added 2 tablespoons of instant oats into her batter! Way to go Mum, such a brilliant way to sneak oats into our diet! Am not sure if it resulted in the nice texture of the batter but it sure didn't taste like it was there! Besides oats, she used a ratio of 20% rice flour to 80% wheat flour plus a teaspoon baking powder. Sorry, no exact measurements, simply because Mum doesn't think it's necessary. Some wise words from her though, the batter should be slightly thick, not runny. Classic example of Mum's knows best!