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This easy plantain fritters is made using ripe plantain bananas. It is so easy to make and very delicious too.
This kind of traditional banana fritters made using plantain bananas is so popular in South India, Kerala, where this is enjoyed as a tea time snack.
This is popularly known as pazham pori in Kerala where the word ‘pazham’ simply means bananas. I make this fritters (pazham pori) without maida (all purpose flour) usually but I also use all purpose flour sometimes and the recipe works both ways easily.
As I told, you can make this pazham pori or banana fritters using all purpose flour (maida) or you can also make this pazham pori recipe without maida, using regular wheat atta flour.
I sometimes make this pazham pori with all purpose flour and sometimes with regular wheat atta flour (in fact I often use wheat atta flour) and it always turn out delicious.
However, you can also use maida or all purpose flour if you wish, which will also give you a very nice texture.
Some like to use pazham pori recipe with eggs, since adding the eggs (if using eggs you may need to reduce the amount of water used in the recipe) will give a more delicious flavor and nice texture to the batter, however this simple recipe for pazham pori does not need any eggs as well.
In malayalam language we popularly call this tea time snack recipe as pazham pori recipe where pazham means fruit (and we use this word to refer to bananas as well) and pori means fritters.
The other popular malayalam words for this popular Kerala style snack recipe is vazhakka appam recipe or vazhakkappam recipe or ethakka appam recipe or ethakkappam recipe all means fritters made of bananas.
It is very important that you have to use ripe plantains itself for this authentic pazham pori recipe Kerala style.
You can usually find green or ripe plantains in stores or you can buy whole plantains here online.
If the plantains you buy are green plantains you need to wait until they are ripe and have yellow skin (can turn black or brown which is fine).
Usually green plantains ripe in 2 to 3 days time if you keep them in kitchen counter where they receive light.
This pazham pori recipe or easy banana fritters recipe is made without using maida or all purpose flour, as I made this using wheat flour.
This easy banana fritters recipe or easy plantain recipe give you plantain fritters which are extremely tasty and addictive even though they are deep fried.
I love plantains and easy plantain recipes like this one for many reasons. Plantains are one of the most healthy foods you can even try as the first baby food. You can steam them in a microwave or use a steamer for a better taste and you have one of the most healthy and easiest breakfasts for the day!
Plantains are calorie rich and filling, but still healthy for you. So the best part about plantains is that if you want to add more calories to your diet in a healthy way, try ripe plantains.
The recipe I am sharing here is for deep fried plantain fritters, which I can’t claim as ‘healthy’. But I want to tell you that this is one of the most delicious, tasty and exotic dishes you can easily try in your home!
So here is the easy plantain recipe – pazham pori recipe – easy banana fritters recipe.
South Indian Plantain Banana Fritters Recipe
- Ripe Plantains 3
- Flour 1 cup (I used wheat flour, you can also use all purpose flour)
- White Rice Flour 1 tablespoon (adding white rice flour helps to make the fritters more crispy, I highly recommend using it)
- Salt a pinch
- turmeric powder a pinch
- Sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Water 1 1/4 cup
- Oil for deep frying I suggest using coconut oil for the authentic taste of Kerala recipes
- Cut each banana lengthwise, then cut each piece into halves. Now you have got 4 pieces of equal size, from each banana. ( You can cut them again to make small sized fritters, especially if you are making for kids). I recommend to remove the tiny black seeds that you see inside the fruit by scraping gently using the knife, as many people (especially kids) love the fritters to be without the seeds. However removing the seeds is optional, and if you are in a hurry, you can just leave the seeds as they are.
- To Prepare the flour for dipping, mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add water to the dry ingredients mix little by little till the flour has the required consistency( thick enough but with dropping consistency).
- Keep the bananas and batter aside separately.
- Heat a deep frying pan and add enough oil to fry the fritters.
- When the oil is hot, take each slice of the fruit and dip in the batter.
- Carefully put the banana slice dipped in batter in to the hot oil for frying. I usually use a dry spoon to transfer the banana pieces to the hot oil very gently so the oil will not splash. If you are using the spoon make sure there is no water content in it.
- You can fry 2 or 3 more slices of the fruits depending upon the size of the frying pan and also the amount of oil used.
- Fry for few moments till the slices turn golden yellow color.
- Flip each piece carefully (I use a spoon and a spatula together to hold the pieces while flipping the pieces very gently without splashing oil) and fry the other side too, till they are fully fried and have a beautiful golden yellow color on both sides.
- Now your plantain banna fritters or Kerala style pazham pori are ready!
- You can use a strainer if there is much oil in the fritters, or simply use paper towels for draining the excess oil in the fritters.
- Serve the plantain fritters hot with evening tea or coffee.
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Hope you found this post on pazham pori recipe Kerala style or pazham pori recipe without maida helpful in making easy, quick and delicious pazham pori for a Kerala style snack!