These mild banana sweet chips are irresistibly delicious
One of the most popular and sought-after souvenirs locally, nationally, internationally is Banana Chips. But, as a trivia, have you ever tried the Jaggery-coated and flavoured Banana Chips? If No, then add it to your list. The sweet snack is popularly known as Sarkara Upperi, which is the jaggery-based sweet counterpart. The meal commonly features nendran cubes deep-fried in coconut oil and then cooked with jaggery syrup which is flavoured with spices. It is then combined with roasted rice flour. It is fuzz-free to cook and is easily prepared with just a few ingredients. The delectable and filling dish can also be savoured during fasting.
When there is a good harvest of nendran bananas, a traditional dish called Sarkara Upperi is prepared at home. The not-so-famous relish is also prepared during auspicious festivals like Onam Sadya. These sweetened chips are an appetising and impressive element of the special Onam feast. Maritime, South East Asia is home to the plant that produces this magnificent fruit that is rich in fat, fibre, and potassium. In addition, the inhabitants of the island have learnt to use bananas in a variety of ways, including as a snack.
Here’s the recipe for Sarkara Varatti.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Serve and enjoy immediately. Or cool and store them in an airtight container.