A deep fried banana snack, popularly had for tea time and especially on rainy days , a Kerala delicacy – Pazham Pori.!
It had been pouring here in Bahrain. The clouds were dark and heavy, the cold winds belting across the region, the swaying mint leaves giving out a pleasant radiant smell through the open windows and with talks about whether the next tsunami would hit us… rain in the desert is a different experience all together- sometimes pleasant, sometimes scary.
Being the optimist that I am .. at least where food is concerned.. the rains evoked in me a memory of steaming cups of illaichi (cardamom) tea and banana leaves loaded with pazham pori. This is my ultimate evening snack. I am so addicted to it to the extent that I probably travel by trains to eat these greasy treats. Greasy or not, healthy or not… I just love these.. So here is the recipe, one that is a definite must make..!!
- Ripe Ethaka / Plantains – 4
- Maida (All purpose Flour) -1 cup
- Sugar – 4 Tbsp or as needed
- Salt a pinch
- Egg white – 1
- Baking Powder – a small pinch
- Black ellu (sesame seeds) – 2 Tbsp
- Turmeric – a pinch (optional)
- Oil as needed
- Cut each plantain in 6 pieces. I usually make the pieces about 1/2 inch in thickness. This ensures that proper cooking of the plantain happens. Keep aside.
- Take a deep bowl and combine maida, sugar, salt, baking powder, egg white, turmeric and enough water to make a paste. The paste should not be too thick nor should it be too watery. Add the Black ellu and mix well. Transfer this batter to a rectangle shaped bowl. This is not necessary, but this ensures that you have the space to swish and turn your plantains till well coated.
- Heat a kadai . Add enough oil to deep fry the plantains. Test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a teeny bit of batter in it. The oil is appropriately hot if it sizzles and floats up without burning.
- Dip each plantain piece into the batter till well coated and add to the oil. Cook till it puffs up and becomes crispy and slightly speckled with browns.
- Serve with a hot cup of chai. Sit back, look out and enjoy the rains.