How to Make Kerala Pazham Pori, a South Indian Delight
Pazham Pori - A South Indian Delight
Pazham Pori is a traditional recipe of Kerala State, South India. In some parts of the Kerala, they call this recipe as Ethakka Appam. If you ever get a chance to travel to Kerala you are sure to see this mouthwatering snack in many of the stations. Vendors will be bringing these hot and delicious items into the trains for sale, and they know many people, especially people who are away from Kerala wait for their favourite Pazham Pori, during their train journeys. It is a standard item in many Kerala restaurants. My family loves this delicious Pazham Pori, and I hope you too will enjoy this delightful and mouthwatering snack which is made out of the long and tasty Kerala Bananas. Locally, these bananas are called "Nenthrapazham" and can be seen plenty in almost all parts of Kerala. We make this recipe for evening snack.
Pazham Pori (Banana Fritters)
Importance of Snacks in South India
South Indians love snacking, especially in the evenings. We also prefer varieties like samosa, vada, bhajji, pazham pori etc. Pazham Pori is made with ripe bananas, not the usual bananas, the bananas unique to Kerala called Nenthrapazham. These snacks are deep fried and enjoyed while they are hot. Children love these when they return from school and working people enjoy these when they get back to their homes, during their tea time. Often guests at home are served with Pazham Pori with tea, if available. Those who are unable to make it at home for lack of time or the Nenthrapazham, will not be disappointed since these snacks are easily available in restaurants. I remember during our Kerala trips my mother used to ensure that we get Pazham Pori at home.
Items Needed for Making Pazham Pori Recipe
Let us learn how to make this tasty pazham pori. We need the following items -
1. Ripe Kerala Bananas - 2 Nos
2. Maida - 1 cup
3. Rice flour - 1 tb.sp.
4. Sugar - 1 tsp.
5. Baking soda - a small pinch
6. Salt - a small pinch
7. Water - 1/4 cup
8. Cooking oil - 1 cup
Method of Preparation
- Peel and cut the bananas into two sections, and then cut into thin slices lengthwise.
- Mix the remaining ingredients together and add water. Make it into a smooth batter, but not too watery. Care should be taken not to form lumps.
- Heat oil in a frying pan.
- Take each banana slice and dip it in the batter, then carefully slide it into the heated oil.
- You can place 2-4 slices in the pan, one after another, without them touching each other. Care should be taken not to spill the oil into your hand.
- Cook them in medium fire until they turn golden brown.
- Turn the slices to cook well on the other side. After a deep fry, remove them from the oil and strain them on paper plates.
These Pazham poris are a very delicious, and filling. In some areas of Kerala, it is also called as Ethakka Appam.