Onam Sadya 2022: Try The Yummy Deep-Fried Raw Banana Chips
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Do you like banana chips? If so, what about preparing them yourself at home? Well, this is the simplest and most authentic recipe for making homemade banana chips. These homely-cooked chips are more crispy than the rival store-bought ones. Banana Chips are a simple South Indian dish that is made by using just 2 ingredients: unripe bananas and salt. The wafers are made using hard uncooked bananas that are first washed and then chopped into slices. The slices are deep-fried in hot oil. Lastly, a salt solution is drizzled over the chips, making them absolutely crunchy, flavourful, and mouth-watering.

Aren’t you curious about how banana chips are made? Banana chips are a common snack all over India. The fascinating dish is also known as Nendran Upperi, Ethakka Upperi, or Kaya Varuthatu in the south. Though the treat was very much consumed in South India, they usually and famously came from Cardava.  The first recipe for frying bananas in olive oil is mentioned in Apicius, a Roman book. However, the true origin remains a mystery. The snack is an ideal combination of protein , fat, carbohydrates, and fibre. Fibre-rich raw bananas are a divine snack for diabetes. Raw bananas’ high fibre content prevents stomach issues. They also aid in weight loss. Since the food is converted into energy by Vitamin B6, the stomach feels fuller for longer.

Here’s the recipe for Deep-Fried Raw Banana Chips.

Preparation time: 30 minutes 

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


    8-10 bananas

    1 litre oil (preferably, coconut oil)

    2 tbsps salt, to taste



    Take some raw bananas. Remove the outer skin of the bananas. 

    Transfer the unskinned bananas in a large vessel filled with cold water.

    Wash, rinse and clean properly. Drain the water.

    Chop the bananas into thin slices and spread them in a wide tray lined with banana leaves.

    Heat enough oil in a large skillet, and add the sliced bananas into batches.

    Drop the first batch in the oil and deep fry the chips. 

    Keep turning and tossing them until well cooked. Keep stirring occasionally.

    Cook until golden, crunchy and crispy. 

    Drain the oil and move the bananas into a separate large tray.

    Now, pour another batch and repeat the procedure until all the chips are ready.

    In a small bowl, combine salt and water. Prepare a soluble mix.

    Sprinkle it generously over the banana chips.

    Serve and enjoy immediately, or cool and store them in an airtight container.