Pinaypay na Saging (Saba)

1. ripe saba bananas (not overripe)
2. 1 cup all purpose flour
3. 3/4 cup water
4. 1/4 cup granulated white sugar (for dusting)
5. Oil


a. Prepare the batter by mixing the flour and water in a mixing bowl until smooth; set aside.
b. Transfer sugar onto a plate and set that aside as well.
c. Peel bananas; use a knife to cut 4-5 vertical slices in each banana starting from the top to bottom leaving about an inch of space on the bottom (this makes it easier for you to hold the bananas individually when you dunk them in the batter).
d. Gently and carefully spread the slices towards the side, imitating the shape of a hand fan.
e. Carefully arrange them in a single layer on a plate while you heat up the frying oil.
f. Heat up oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
g. Dip banana into flour batter and coat both sides.
h. Allow batter to drip for a second or two then carefully drop onto the hot oil.
i. Fry until side is golden brown (depending on the diameter of your frying pan, you may fry more than 2 pieces at a time).
j. Flip the fritters over and fry the other side until golden brown as well.
k. Remove from pan and place on plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
l. Dredge warm pinaypay with some sugar and shake off excess.


Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber (right table).

Although bananas are commonly thought to supply exceptional potassium content, their actual potassium content is relatively low per typical food serving at only 8% of the Daily Value (right table). A compilation of potassium content in common foods consumed in the United States shows that raw bananas rank 1,611th, supplying 358 mg of potassium per 100 g; some foods with higher potassium content include beans, milk, apricots, carrots, sweet green bell peppers and potatoes.

Banana ingestion may affect dopamine production in people deficient in the amino acid tyrosine, a dopamine precursor present in bananas. Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

Ripe bananas were found to contain serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.


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