EAST AFRICA RIPE BANANA FRITTERS: BALAGALA/VIBARANGA/VIBAMA
Ripe banana fritters also known as Balagala have their origins in Uganda (famously known as Uganda banana pancake) but have now spread out and wide. In Tanzania they are known as vibama. These East African fritters (donut/pancake morphs) are made from mashing over ripe (eating) banana with flour and then deep fried individual small potions. It is a delicacy among areas in Uganda and bordering some parts of Tanzania. The fritters are usually be eaten in the morning with porridge or yogurt or served to young children as snacks.
More information & tips
1) These banana fritters are eaten in most parts of Uganda and the areas of Tanzania (bordering towards Uganda). It it therefore named different names like vibaranga,
Its modern name in some areas is 'CD' because of the shape/structure which resembles a modern cd! Needless to say it must be one of the first known consumable cd!
2) The batter can be made slightly wet or solid. It is a matter of personal preference. The recipe is passed down from generation to generation and there is no set written recipe including its measurements! You cook it as it is passed to you!
3) Traditionally, the fritters were only made of over ripe banana and maize meal flour or cassava flour. However, to create variations and increase flavour, you can add some sliced bell pepper, onions, or maybe a pinch of cardamon spice etc You be the inventor!
4) Balagala fritters made with cassava flour will be comparatively softer compared to the ones made with maize meal/corn flour.