Pepper flavoured banana chips can be prepared by using any local varieties of Raw banana or Semi ripe but firm Kerala plantain. Banana I have used is home grown, small variety which we call as Gali bale. One can use Yelakki or any other variety of banana which is Non-ripe, green one.
Colour of the chips is not bright unlike Kerala plantain chips. It is earthy and peppery in flavour.
Now we will proceed towards the recipe-
Green Banana – 10
Salt – 1 tbl sp
Water – 1 small cup
Coconut oil – To deep fry.
Chips slicer – to slice
Pepper powder – as needed
- Apply some oil to your hand. To some extent it will protect your hand from blackening.
- Take fresh, green plantain, wash properly. Peel the outer skin by using knife at the upper tip, use hand and proceed to peel till the bottom.
- Immerse these peeled bananas in a bowl of water.
- Take one small bowl of water and mix salt and keep aside.it is your salted water, which is used while frying chips.
- Now you can keep coconut oil for heating. When it is very hot, start making chips. To test the hotness of oil, drop one small piece of plantain, if it pops up immediately, it is ready.
- Take out plantain from water, pat dry and start slicing directly to the hot oil by using slicer.
- Use one or two plantains at a time.
- Keep flame at medium. When the slices of plantain cook, the bubbling sound of the oil becomes faint. Now you can add 1 tbl spoon of salted water, and you will hear lot of bubbles and bubbling sound. When the sound reduces, the chips are ready to be removed from the oil.
- Remove the chips from the oil and keep them on a tissue-laid bowl and sprinkle some black pepper powder and mix by shaking the bowl up and down.
- After cooling store, it in an airtight container and proceed with the remaining plantain.