Cardamom-Spiced Fried Bananas



Middle "Easternized" recipe from Delicious Living.

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5 Min
Stove Top


ripe but firm bananas, peeled and cut in half lengthwise (i used small ones)
1 Tbsp
brown sugar (coconut sugar, raw sugar, piloncillo, etc.)
1/4 tsp
ground cardamom (used minced & then freshly ground the cardamom using a pestle and mortar
1 Tbsp
ghee or clarified butter (read *note below)
2 Tbsp
fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp
orange blossom water, to taste (optional)


1*Note: you can use regular butter in this recipe but you will have to reduce the heat to medium to avoid burning.

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and cardamom.

Spread half of the sugar-cardamom mixture on a plate and [gently] press the cut side of the bananas into the sugar-spice.
2Heat up the clarified butter or ghee in a pan on high heat or medium-high heat depending on the "temperament" of your stovetop. Arrange the banana slices singly and cut side down. Cook for 1 minute.
3While the bananas are cooking sprinkle the other half of the sugar-cardamom mixture over the bananas. Carefully flip the banana slices over and cook another 15 seconds. Be careful! If you cook the bananas too long they will turn mushy!
4Arrange the banana slices cut side up on 2 serving plates.
5Pour the fresh orange juice (and orange blossom water if using) into the pan and using a whisk swirl it around to collect any of the browned bits. Immediately pour the orange sauce over the cooked bananas. Serve hot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian