Pazham pori/Ethakka appam is an all time favourite snack of Keralites, this is made from ripe bananas/plantains. With a steaming cup of tea, these taste absolutely delicious. If you have ever visited Kerala, then you would have noticed this is the most common snack served by the roadside vendors(Thattukada). Easy to prepare with fewer ingredients, this can be made instantly. Since plantains are commonly found in almost all the houses in Kerala, you can make banana chips or fritters from it and hence they remain the all time popular snacks
These fritters always make me nostalgic. As a child, my mom used to make them once in a month on Sundays. Getting ripe plantains in Kolkata is quite difficult so I prepare them only once in a while. This time when I visited Kerala, I carried 1 kg plantains with me in my suitcase 😀 (I regularly do it)… I am so crazy about these fritters that I always manage to finish almost all (psst.. I need to share some with hubby and kid too) in a single sitting
I have too much weakness for the plantains so yes I prepare all the plantain based dishes for myself 😛 . They are actually good, do try and let me know how much you enjoyed it
*You need to use ripe plantains for that delicious taste. Do not use over ripe or under ripe bananas. They should be firm
**Adding turmeric gives the bright yellow color to the fritters that we get from road side tea shops
**Adding rice flour gives that extra crisp taste to the fritters. Tea shops prepare it with APF , you can use whole wheat flour instead for healthier version
Do watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the dish
Preparation time: 5 mins Cooking time: 14 mins Total time: 19 mins
- 1 cup All purpose flour/Maida
- 2 Ripe plantain/nendra pazham
- 3-4 tbsp rice flour
- Pinch of turmeric – optional
- 3 tbsp sugar – adjust
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Steps to prepare
- Mix the all purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, cardamom power, salt and water in a bowl
- Mix it thoroughly to form a semi thick batter.
- The batter must be smooth and thick. The batter should not be watery
- Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the batter and mix well
- Peel the bananas and slice them length wise into half and then slice each halfway into 3 or more to get the thin slices.
- Dip the slices in batter and evenly coat them.
- In a deep bottom frying pan heat some oil.
- When the oil becomes hot, dip the batter coated banana pieces and fry them until they become golden brown over medium heat. Flip them in between.
- Remove from oil and drain the excess oil with paper napkins / kitchen towel.
- Serve it hot with cup of tea or beef curry. They taste best when served warm