Sunday, August 26, 2007

Aethekka Upperi / Banana Chips



Wish you all a very Happy Onam!.

"Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam
Manusharallarum onnu pole
Kallavumilla chathivumilla
Ellolamilla polivachanam!."

The Slogan for Onam, I learned as a child;commemorating the Great Asura King Mahabali/Maveli's Golden Era, his honest rule contributing to the unity of his people, the kingdom with no burglers, no liars and no cheats!!.He visits his beloved subjects, every year, who in turn welcome him with all the pomp and celebrity.

Upperi or "banana chips", a simple snack, is a must served one for the Ona Sadya.This salty crunchy yummy snack takes its seat humbly in the left corner of the plantain leaf or the Thoosan ila, but believe me, he holds one of the primary positions among the items of the Sadya!!.



Remove the green outer skin of a few raw bananas, immerse them in cold water with 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder.Dissolve a tsp of salt in 1/4 cup of water and keep aside.

[Do not discard the skin.Chop them finely to make Aethakka tholi mezhukkupuratti/Banana peel fry OR tholi thoran/ peels with coconut and whole green grams; the traditional dry dishes of Kerala.]

Heat 2 cups of coconut oil, till it 'just' smokes up, in a kadai.



Shake off the excess water and slice the banana, using a slicer into the hot oil.This needs a little expertise.The water content might make the oil fizzy for a while.If you find it uneasy, slice them and slide one by one into the hot oil,separating individually with your fingers.Turn them gently over to facilitate an 'even' frying.It is very imp to check the heat of the oil every time.It should neither be too smoky nor dull. A number of 6 bananas were done in 4 batches.The oil might require some time to heat up in between these batches as well.


When the chips turn to a golden yellow colour, sprinkle a little salt water directly into them.At this point the water content would turn the oil bubble up with a loud fizzy noise.Keep away; turn again gently until the noise and the bubbles settle down. Sieve them out of the oil using a perforated ladle, before it changes into reddish colour, as in the picture.:)..


Line a flat tray with any sort of oil absorbent paper so as to drain the excess oil if any and spread the chips to let them cool.

This goes to Hima of SnackORama for her very own event of WYF-Snacks.


Fresh chips, ready to take its place on the Sadya ila :)

P.S-The above snack is made of Raw Banana(Nenthran Kaya) and Not raw plantain(Vazhakkaya).Both belong to the same family and it is quite important to avoid confusion while selecting the ingredient.Click here to make Vazhakkai/Plantain Chips.

54 comments:

  1. hi bharathy,

    Excellent presentation!Ur Nenthran chips is very tempting,looks yummy,then how u celebrated varalakshmi viratham? i expected ur dishes for that.Thanks for ur awards, do i really deserve them.??..anyway i got a good blog friend.... thank u...

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  2. Oh, we love these plantain chips! But we always buy a large bag of those , never made them at home.Great photos:)

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  3. OH, these are my fav snack, even lil n R loves. I always buy big bag. Yummy.

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  4. Happy Onam to you !
    Wow ! you made this look so easy... shows what an expert you are at cooking. Thanks for the recipe. One of my fav snack. Will try my hand at this.. i hope i suceed.

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  5. Happy Onam to you too.
    I love these chips and buy them even when it is not Onam or Vishu.
    You make these at home? Wow!

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  6. u made these! i am impressed! happpy onam!

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  7. wow!!! my fav snack...its looks yummy!!!! good presentation....keep it up....really its mouth waterg...i havent tried ths...i brought a bag full of chips frm a desi store for onam sadya...it was horrible....hmm made a small sadya here....missg typical sadya n upperi....HAPPY ONAM !!!!!!!!

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  8. thats an awesome treat for Onam. wish you happy onam. very nice pics.

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  9. Dear Bharathi,
    Your upperi looks picture perfect, i bought mine from the nearest Mallu store. Hope you are all set for the sadya, i am only half way through. You are very welcome to link to my post. Thank you and enjoy a HAPPY ONAM.

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  10. Happy Onam, Bharathy.
    These chips are perfect, make my mouth water

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  11. Happy Onam, Bharathy.
    These chips are perfect, make my mouth water

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  12. Happy Onam :)The chips look lovely.

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  13. Great pix, Bharathy, Happy Onam!

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  14. Happy Onam...Excellent Bharathy...they look so lovely...thats great that you were able to get them so crispy...

    Srivalli
    www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow, those chips are just perfect! Happy Onam Bharathy!

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  16. I am scared to sprinkle water over hot oil. Nenthirangai chips are a beauty. Wish I could get them here.

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  17. We just buy them... I must try making them at home :) Lovely pics... do pass our compliments to the photographer too.

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  18. Bharathy they are so cute and proffessional. very nice snaps. Viji

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  19. Wow, what a lovely picture of fried bananas up top. Looks like a flower to me. This one has to go to the next month´s DMBLGIT. I saw this month´s, goood choic, Bharathy.

    When you get a chance, come to my blog and look at the right side under Other Blogs I like... Yup, I like yours :)

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  20. Lovely Chips!!!!

    themistressofspices.wordpress.com

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  21. Happy Onam. I stumbled on your sight when I searched for upperi recipe. I had almost decided to go to grocery store and get those cuban chips. But I am going to make it now, thanks to you.
    Mocha

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  22. Happy Onam to you! Now please can I have some chips ;)

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  23. They look like ready to pop in the mouth!! I have never made it at home. :) Very beautiful pics Bharthy. :)

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  24. ooNASAMSAKAL!!!!TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.....YOUR Upperi looks soooo fresh!!! i want to have them now!
    did u prepare the whole ona sadya?

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  25. hey, those chips look amazing! nothing like fresh chips, yum :)

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  26. simmmmbbbly gorgeous. happy onam to you.

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  27. Nentharanga varuval! Enna vittutu sapadarayaa? Bangalore la easy yaa kidaikathu1 ready made varuval than vanganum:( .

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  28. wow Bharathy......I worked in Kerala for some yrs and I love these banana chips......I always wanted a recipe for these...Thanks for posting dear...they are lip-smacking :-)
    Now I have to come down to ur place for these.....:-)
    Thanks so much for ur nice words in my space.....I felt really good :-)
    Added u to my favs dear :-)

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  29. Happy Onam to all of you, dear Friends!!!
    You all made my DAY!!!:)..Thanks a TON to each and every one of you!!!:)

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  30. You have an amazing blog here! And the pics are so tastefully taken. And as for the delicacies, I've been superseded by a thousand. :)

    ps:- please tell your sis to try these dishes at home :D

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  31. Bharathy......I just tagged u for MEME. Please check out my blog for more details when u find time dear :-)
    Cheers
    Sirisha

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  32. everyone in my house loves these.. my gran always sends these to us from guruvayoor..

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  33. hey sis.. way to go! didnt know u have taken so many pics!

    but i have to say the last pic is the sure winner (grin! grin!)

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  34. Happy Onam to you bharathy,

    As per ur advice i posted my recipe for this month JFI.

    U have one more surprise waiting for u in my blog, take a moment to visit my blog....

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  35. hi bharathy,
    hope u had a adipoli onam feast in banana leaf. onam spl ethakka chips looks crispy. Great Pics

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  36. Bharathy..now you have confused me....I thought based on your kerala chips that you are a keralite!!!..now you tell me andhraite...??

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  37. Nenthran kaya chips looks so good. But I'm not sure if I'll be able to get hold of it. Great pictures.

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  38. Aavani avittam ellam panniyaacha! Bharathy roomba busy pole! Aalaye koonoome!

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  39. WOW..... Bharathy....this is looking excellent....Lovely picture...nice presentation...

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  40. Yellow plantain chips in green base looks yummy. Love these and usually buy it. my MIL had made these when i got married and I have not yet tried making it.
    After seeing ur pics want to try it out some time as its my daughter's favourite..noted it down
    nice step by step pics ...thanks

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  41. saw your pushanikkai halwa pic, yay, yummy halwa - i like the touch of jasmine flowers by the side - looks awesome. i love the light green translucent look of dumroot (made out of ash gourd) and prefer to not add the saffron. sadly, my pic isnt showing the green and glassy finish- perhaps time for investment in a proper cam? :D

    your pics are really good - i like your styling - it thankfully doesnt make the food look glamorous but at the same time makes it look so tasty :)

    lakshmi
    http://theyumblog.wordpress.com

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  42. your blogger profile says that you are in TN - are you in chennai? because if you are, i am looking at a food blogeers meetup/ potluck.

    lakshmi
    http://theyumblog.wordpress.com

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  43. Bharathy dear, I too told lakshmi that she should have changed to a different bowl to take pictures. good that you explained nicely.
    I came looking for your halwa. let me cheeck out.A few bloggers are planning a pot luck in chennai even I may join if I am able to travel on those days!

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  44. love this banana chips. now how about banana halwa?? ;) i know i am asking for too much;)

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  45. hi bharathy,
    beautiful pictures! love banana chips. but never tried making them at home. will try ur recipe sometime.

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  46. just for you i posted onam wishes in my blog,, know its belated...

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  47. Hi Barathy great recipe your bananna chips looks fantastic I bet they were delicious! :)

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  48. Hi Bharathi,belated Onam wishes.Had been to Paris,it was a great trip.Remembered you several times.Thanks for your tips.Banana chips are so tempting.

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  49. They look so yummy.
    My father used to request his Kerala friends to get these chips, when they visited home and they always brought us some.What is the difference between plantain and raw banana? Pl tell me.

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  50. Bharathy why dont you send this to banana event?

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  51. Lovely recipe, always bought them from outside but now I can make them at home, thanx for sharing the recipe and the info!

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  52. Onam the national festival of kerala is just days away. Do you have plans to enjoy this onam in beautiful 'Gods Own Country'?. Indian Tour Planners has introduced a one day celebration package for this onam in kerala. This onam celebrationpackage is arranged at a beautiful resort located in poovar trivandrum. Visit the page http://www.indiantourplanners.com/onam-celebrations-package.php to find out more.

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  53. You know what .. ... i always thought banana chips were made of the regular bananas.. but urs seem pretty easy to make..



    Work from home

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  54. The chips came out really well...never thought I'd nail it in my first attempt...Thanks for your awesome recipe...!!! :)

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