Crispy, tasty and scrumptious banana chips are liked by one and all. These tasty delights can be used as great evening snack, a side dish in party and sometimes, a customary food on the majority of events in South India.
Banana chips can be dry, salted or flavored and occasionally jaggery or sugar-coated. The banana chips are common in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and locally acknowledged as nenthra-upperi.
As per Food Blogger Nithya Ravi, “There are two types of banana chips; one is Nendrankai (translated as raw fruit) banana chips and the other one is plain banana chips. The bananas used in Nendrankai chips are generally different from the normal ones; they are slightly longer and broader variant. They are majorly seasoned with turmeric and salt, while the normal ones are seasoned with red chilli powder and salt. The techniques used in making these two kinds of banana chips are slightly different from each other. Nendrankai banana chips are a Kerala specialty and are enjoyed anytime.”
Chef Prem K Pogakula- Executive Chef The Imperial New Delhi, stated, “Nendrankai banana chips or ethakka upperi is very popular in Kerala and is served as a side dish. It is also served at Onam Sadhya. These crunchy and crispy chips with the flavour of coconut oil are very quick and easy-to-make.”
Ingredients need to make banana chips –
Method – how to make