Banana Chips - Hot and crispy
comes to your mind, when you think of Kerala, the southern
coastal tip of India, otherwise known as God's own country?
Emerald backwaters, sandy beaches, coconut groves or the beautiful
paddy fields?? Have you ever tasted the crisp banana chips
the exotic cuisine of Kerala, fried in aromatic coconut oil?
Banana chips is an important ingredient of a typical meal
in Kerala - 'Sadya' - than just a snack. The uniqueness of
these banana chips is that, it is very natural without any
added flavours or colours other than turmeric and salt.
is the fruit mainly cultivated in Kerala. During season, especially
Onam festival there are shops exclusively to sell bananas
and banana chips. The chips making is also a livelihood for
lots of people in Kerala. There are plenty of roadside shops
here, selling hot chips. "This is a livelihood for
us. We also have regular customers who come and buy chips
in the evening while going back home from office,"
says Raghavan, a banana chips vendor.
Deepa a media professional has this to say about banana chips
"Uhmm, banana chips and tea, I really love to eat
them and I love their sweet smell of coconut oil."
Here's how they are made.
Green plantain (nendram variety): 1 kg
Coconut oil : 1 cup
Turmeric powder: One pinch
Salt to taste.
Take a fresh green plantain. Peel off the green skin and
cut it into thin round slices. Heat the oil in a pan and put
the slices into it as single layers. Add a pinch of salt and
deep fry it till it becomes golden in colour. Spread it on
an absorbent paper .As soon as they are cool put them in an
airtight container, otherwise they get wilted if exposed to
humid air. Your crispy chips are ready to eat.
Have it with your morning coffee while going through the
newspaper but mind you, don' bite your tongue.