Plantain Chips

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Plantain chips or β€˜Upperi’ is not the same as Banana chips. Atleast in the US, that’s a huge difference. Banana and plantain are 2 different fruits. Some of these information you realize or learn only when you have to deal with it πŸ˜› To me, banana and plantain was one and the same. When I had to make chips, which is made of Plantain(Nendrakkaya), I had to be sure not to pick raw banana instead. To me it was a new thing that I learnt this time πŸ˜› Some of you, like DD, might think that how could I not know the difference and how can I act dumb!!! πŸ˜‰ But for me, it was the same experience as finding out that Lime and Lemon are 2 different fruits and are NOT the same πŸ˜€

Whether or not I should make plantain chips was a difficult decision to make. Its so much more easier to just buy it from stores. But when I thought I will make a special page for Onam, I thought I should try every recipe however tedious or easy it is. After I made it, I felt so happy because these things are so easy to make at home and I feel our generation already doesn’t know so many cooking techniques our previous generations practised. Afterall, Kerala is famous for its Banana chipe or rather Plaintain chips. So I feel proud that I learnt how to make the most popular snack of my homeland πŸ™‚

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INGREDIENTS:
Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Oil – 2 cups
Coconut oil(optional) – 1/2 cup
Raw Plantain – 1 no
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt – to taste(approx. 1/4 tsp)

METHOD:

1. Remove the plantain skin well. You would need to use a small knife for ease of removing it. Do not use a peeler!
2. In a bowl of water, put some turmeric powder and immerse this plantain in it.
3. Meanwhile, heat oil(+coconut oil) in a kadai(deep cooking pot).
4. Also, mix salt in approx. 1/2 cup water and keep aside.
5. Once the oil is heated, take the plantain and wipe it well using a kitchen towel. Using a slicer, slice the plantain into thin slices and put into hot oil. Slice it directly into the oil to prevent plantain slices from sticking to each other.
6. Let the plantain cook in medium-low or low flame. You will have to let it cook for a long time for it to get crispy. So ensure that it doesn’t burn or turn brown in the process of frying them.
7. Once the plantain chips is almost getting ready(when it makes a hissing sound), sprinkle the salt water on the chips evenly(Be careful when you do this. The oil will splatter. A splatter guard will be handy in this case.)
8. Take out a plantain chip and if it is not chewy/uncooked, remove the chips and place on kitchen towel till the excess oil is removed. Else continue to cook till the chips are crispy.

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Masala Banana chips

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Coming from Kerala, banana chips is one of the most popular and common snack I have seen in my childhood. I remember, when people used to visit others, it was a common practice to get some snack or fruits for the family they were visiting. You would get lucky if they got you some chocolates or candies by chance πŸ˜‰ And the snacks as far as I can recollect would always be either Banana chips, Plum cake or Tapioca chips.

And over dosage of anything makes you dislike it πŸ™‚ I remember vaguely that my mom used to give us a spiced up version of banana chips at times. I am sure even she has forgotten about it by now. Thanks to the change in practice. People now bring better things when they visit πŸ˜‰

Having said that, banana chips is still something that a Malayali cannot disassociate with. So if you want to try a variation of it, try this version. I am sure you will like the change in the flavor like DD did. His first reaction when he saw this snack was, “What have you done to this chips?” πŸ˜‰ But of course, later he liked it and finished the entire thing sparing me just 2 spoonfuls πŸ˜›

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INGREDIENTS:

Banana chips – 1 cup
Onion(chopped) – 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves – 2 strands
Green chillies – 1 or 2 nos
Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste

METHOD:

1. Crush the banana chips using mortar and pestle.

2. Mix chopped onion, chopped green chillies, chopped coriader leaves, salt and chaat masala well.

3. Mix it well with the crushed banana chips just before serving. Do not keep it for long before serving. Else the chips would loose its crunchiness.