Thursday, September 6, 2012

Varutha upperi/Banana Chips

Traditionally varutha upperi is one of the items served in sadhya(a meal served  in south India on plantain leaf with many varieties of dishes during marriage, festival, or any other occasion). During our last visit we had brought enough of these to have for the festivals here...But it got over before the festivals came. This time during Onam we dint find any good stuffs here in Indian stores. So finally I thought of making them again. This is my 3rd attempt. After learning from each mistakes finally it was perfect.

Banana-2 nos
Coconut oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Dry Red chili-2 no
Curry Leaves-3 to 4 leaves

Method of Preparation:
1.Grease hand with coconut oil, Cut straight through the skin of plantain without inserting the knife deep into it.
2. Peel the skin, wipe with a kitchen tissue. Cut the skinless plantain to half vertically and then each vertical pieces to half again vertically.Cut this to small pieces horizontally not too thick nor thin.See that everything is cut to same size for even frying.
3. Simultaneously heat oil in a wok on medium heat. Once oil is hot enough reduce it to medium-low,  add little amount of  plantain pieces, give a stir and fry till the sizzling sound stops and the pieces are golden yellow, light and crisp.
4. Drain on a kitchen tissue and continue the process.
5. Once it is done, heat 1/2 tsp oil in a wok and fry the dry red chili and curry leaves.
6. Mix this(don't add the oil, if any) nicely  along with salt to the varutha upperi. Cool completely and store in an airtight vessel.

Here comes the hand...:)

1. Raw plantain is sticky(kara). It lends a black color to hand and also to the pieces if kept open for long time. To avoid this we use oil as well as we wipe with tissue paper. You can also soak for 20 minutes and wash the skinned plantain in little turmeric water.If washing do wipe the plantain properly before cutting it.
2. Oil should not be too hot nor too low. If too hot plantain pieces cook faster in the outside and will remain soft in inside. If too low the pieces will be very oily.So cook on medium low. It takes some time but you will get perfect crispy chips.
3. Cut the pieces in equal thickness, else there will be  a problem while frying.
4. Use coconut oil as these are done in it.
5. Adding of curry leaves and dry chili is not compulsory. Add salt alone and mix well.
6. Once the pieces are dropped in oil give it a good stir else they tend to stick together. Also stir half way of frying so that it is evenly fried.
7. Store in air tight box only after cooling properly.


  1. can't stop with just one....irresistible they your pics

  2. wow.......all time favorite snack. Love to eat banana chips anytime.

  3. Love this chips.... Glad to follow u....

  4. nice n yummy chips...looks delicious

  5. Looks heavenly ....... luv the detailed recipe and of course the beautiful clicks


  6. Reshmi they look so perfect to me, better than store bought chips, lovely clicks. Loved the one with your son taking the chips :D too cute

  7. crispy & too tempting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. delicious and yummy . Join me in Fast Food event-Pasta and Know your Sweetness - Honey Event in my blog.

  9. Tempting chips...Lovely clicks..

  10. They look so perfect, feel like trying it. lovely clicks!

  11. Crispy and delicious,perfectly made.

  12. Perfectly prepared upperi.Miss them so much. U too were there in Niagara last weekend, that's so sweet dear. Happy to know that. Wow!

  13. Banana chips looks delicious love it, my favorite, I like that click were your son picking it.

  14. Lovely clciks as always..Am tired of saying this and you never fail to give us a virtual treat dear :)
    Love this chips as sides or snack..Has come out perfectly Reshmi!!

    Today's Recipe ~ Mutton Kothukari Masala / Mutton Kheema Masala
    You Too Can Cook Indian Food Recipes

  15. This is no doubt one of my fav snacks. Just love your clicks !!

  16. Woww.. it looks so store-like .. am sure it is yummy :)

  17. You've got such a pretty blog Reshmi! Love your recipe collection. Glad to follow you :)

    You can check out my updates on my page here :)

  18. thank u so much for your comments reshmi... i accidently deleted it while playing on my not-so-smart smartphone... :T keep up the good work... :)

  19. We cannot stop eating this crunchy munchy yum chips.

  20. Simply irresistible snack..hope ur son enjoyed it..

  21. My Fav.. Crispy..

    You can link this recipe to my on-going event Onam Sadhya ~ The Grand Feast



Thank you for your time to vist my small world of cooking. Your comments are my inspiration. Criticism and suggestions are always welcome. Happy cooking!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...