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pazham pori recipe kerala style

Pazham Pori - Indian Plantain Banana Fritters

Pazham pori recipe gives you an easy, delicious, sweet and crispy evening snack recipe using ripe plantain bananas which are made in to South Indian style fritters using wheat flour (or all purpose flour) and few other ingredients.
Banana fritters using ripe plantain bananas or pazham pori is one of the most popular tea time snacks in Kerala, India and you can prepare this so quickly and easily.
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword pazham pori, pazham pori recipe kerala style
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Banana Fritters
Calories 136kcal


  • 3 ripe plantain bananas
  • 1 cup flour (I used wheat flour, you can also use all purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon white rice flour (adding white rice flour helps to make the fritters more crispy, I highly recommend using it)
  • salt a pinch
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • oil enough 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 batter, 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.
  • To make pazham pori, 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.


When you deep fry the fritters, make sure that the spoons or spatula that you may use to take the fritters from the hot oil doesn't have any water content in it.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 504IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg