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Easy Crispy Cucur Recipes For The Ultimate Teabreak!

Yields1 Serving
Yields1 Serving

Tea time in Southeast Asia takes many forms, but at its core, it’s a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. While afternoon tea ideas range from cakes to bread and our traditional kuihs, fritters are bound to be a hit.

Southeast Asian fritters — bite-sized and deep-fried till golden brown — vary from sweet treats such as banana fritters to savoury recipes like prawn fritters, served with a pot of warm tea. 

If you’re a big fan of tea time, see below for easy fritter recipes that you can recreate very quickly!

Anchovy Fritters 

You can have a batch of warm anchovy fritters on the table in less than 20 minutes with this easy recipe, perfect for busy days when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.

What’s the secret to soft, fluffy anchovy fritters? Potatoes make this recipe extra special. The traditional method requires finding the perfect ratio between wheat flour and rice flour. Skip that! Instead, simply add perfectly mashed potatoes into your batter to fluff the fritters. It also gives the fritters a tender taste!


  • 2 red onions
  • 1 small red chilli, or bird’s-eye chillies, if you like a spicy kick
  • 50g of anchovies
  • 2 small potatoes, or 1 large potato
  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • Scallions (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes until tender. Let them cool down.
  2. Dice the red onions and slice the chillies as well as the scallions. Set them aside.
  3. Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the boiled potatoes. Mash them together.
  4. Add the onions, chillies, scallions, and anchovies into the bowl.
  5. Slowly add water and mix well. The mixture shouldn’t be too thick or too runny. 
  6. Lastly, season with a pinch of salt.
  7. Once the batter is ready, heat oil in a deep frying pan at medium-high temperature.
  8. Scoop out the batter to a size you’d like and gently drop it into the hot oil. Small fritters give more crunch, while larger ones have a soft texture on the inside.
  9. Fry for about 10 minutes until golden. Flip frequently to make sure it browns evenly.
  10. Drain to remove excess oil, and serve warm.

Corn Fritters 

corn fritters

These bite-sized corn fritters will go down a treat at an afternoon tea. Crisp on the outside and irresistibly light and fluffy on the inside. 

While the corn fritters taste best using fresh sweet corn, you can also switch it up with canned corn.

These fritters taste delicious all on their own or try dipping them into Thai sweet chilli sauce, honey mustard, ranch or sriracha sauce.


  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 50g fresh corn kernels
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt to taste
  • Chives
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Water as needed


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the sieved flour and the corn.
  2. Make a well in the centre and break an egg into it.
  3. Slowly add in water to bind the batter until it does not stick to the bowl.
  4. Add chives and a pinch of salt.
  5. Heat up some oil for deep frying. A perfect temperature is when the oil comes to a light bubble.
  6. Scoop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil, one by one. Gently flatten each dollop with the back of a spoon.
  7. Fry until golden, turning as needed so that all sides are browned.
  8. Serve immediately and garnish with parsley, if you like.

Prawn Fritters 

prawn fritters
Indonesian Vegetable Fritters, locally known as bakwan sayur or gorengan sayur.

Crispy prawn fritters are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, perfect for any time of the day. Quick and easy to make, these savoury fritters go perfectly with sweet chilli sauce. They are also great served alongside some rojak.

Two things will guarantee you the crispiest prawn fritters — a deep pan and hot oil. Fill the pan no more than two-thirds full with oil, enough to deep-fry the fritters. The key is to fry a few fritters at a time and not to overcrowd the pot. That way, you’ll get crispier results.


  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp rice flour
  • 10 shrimps
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tbsp turmeric powder
  • Garlic chives
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of sugar


  1. Mix the all-purpose flour and rice flour in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in the fish sauce and pop in the egg. Slowly add in water to bind the batter. 
  3. Once the batter is mixed well, add chopped garlic chives and season with salt and sugar. Lastly, add the turmeric powder which will give the fritters a golden yellow colour.
  4. Heat up some oil in a wok for deep frying.
  5. Once the oil simmers, scoop out your batter in a ladle with a piece of prawn and carefully sink it into the hot oil.
  6. Fry until golden and repeat until all the batter is used up.
  7. Your yummy prawn fritters are ready for tea!
  8. Your yummy prawn fritters are ready for tea!

Banana fritters

This ingenious banana fritters recipe captures the mildly tangy banana flavour sensation perfectly. They are savoury, warm, bready, and so easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Serve your banana fritters warm with a drizzle of honey or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for a special treat for the kids.


  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 50g rice flour
  • 200g banana
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed


  1. In a mixing bowl, add mashed banana, all-purpose flour, rice flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. For best results, use overripe bananas as they are sweeter.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well. In the same bowl, slowly add in water until the batter is sticky.
  3. Over medium heat, fill half of a pot with some oil until the oil comes to a light bubble.
  4. Scoop some batter out using a ladle to form a ball and dip it into the oil.
  5. Turn the banana balls frequently so they are evenly browned.
  6. Serve them warm.

Veggie Fritters 

Make these crispy veggie fritters to wow a crowd. You only need two types of vegetables, but you can mix and match the veggies to your liking, or try adding corn for a slight crunch.

Grated carrot and cucumber, pan-fried until crisp and golden, make this delicious veggie fritters recipe. Enjoy this tasty treat with a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt or, if you like a spicy kick, some sliced bird’s-eye chillies.


  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 50g carrots
  • 50g cucumber
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • Scallions
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Water as needed


  1. Grate the carrots and cucumber, and mince the garlic. Set them aside.
  2. Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add the grated carrots and cucumber, minced garlic, and scallions into the bowl.
  3. Add an egg and slowly pour in a little water to bind the batter. Stir the batter until it is even and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  4. Heat some oil in a wide frying pan until simmering.
  5. Scoop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan and flatten gently with the back of a spoon.
  6. Fry the fritters in batches for 10 minutes until they’re golden brown and crispy.
  7. Your fritters are ready to be enjoyed!
This recipe uses Kitchen Machines

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