Monday, August 22, 2011

Sharkkara upperi (Banana chips coated with jaggery n spices)

Back home, my father gets this only for onam and vishu and I would be first one to finish it… Always served with sadhya. And whenever we go for a marriage lunch, I loot these from my mom’s plate (ela – banana leaf in which the sadhya is served.)

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Ingredients:
Raw Banana                 --   2 big
Jaggery syrup             --   ¾ cup(Might need around 7 -8 blocks)
Dry ginger powder    --   ½ tsp
Cumin powder             --   ½ tsp
Sugar                               --   3 tsp
Rice                                  --   5 tbsp
Cardamom powder  --   made from 3
Oil                                     --   To deep fry
Preparation of chips:
Peel the banana and cut it into half – length wise. Now cut them into ¼ inch thick pieces.  Transfer them into a bowl of  water to soak them as and when you cut it.  Apply oil on your hands / wear a gloves while cutting the banana to avoid stains. Once you are ready to fry, drain the water completely.
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Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. The oil should be really hot before you fry. Test by dropping in a piece of banana. It should sizzle and come up. Reduce the flame to medium and add the first batch. Make sure that it is not overcrowded.Fry until golden brown.
Drain it into a colander kept on plate to collect the excess oil. Transfer this onto a paper towel and let it cool.
Dry roast the rice until it pops. Let it cool and then grind it into a fine powder along with sugar.
Meanwhile prepare the jaggery syrup by adding quarter cup of water to the jaggery. When the jaggery is completely melted, strain into another vessel to remove any impurities. Now boil the syrup by adding the ginger powder, cumin powder and powdered cardamom. Let it reach a sticky consistency. Switch of the flame and add the fried banana into it. Stir well so that the jaggery is coated on all the pieces.

Now add the rice & sugar powder and mix well until the chips are coated. This helps to the chips not to stick on each other.

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Let it cool. Store in an air tight container. This stays good for almost a month.

34 comments:

  1. It seems I can smell Onam Nitha..nostalgic.

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  2. Onam preparation thudangi alle....super aayittundu..

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  3. Nice 2 munch in snack..looks delicious

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  4. Love both salted and sugar ones ....looks delish

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  5. this is so amazing. perfectly done...just like the once we buy from shops...adipoly...perfect clicks too.

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  6. sorry dear another mistake 3/4 cup jaggery right??? I have never made this before sure will give it a try when i get raw banana...

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  7. I love munching on this often...looks too gud, thanks for sharing the recipe

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  8. Wow my first pick in the Ambika store is this yummy one.. so good n my fav too .. i never knew the method of preparation ..thanks for sharing it..

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  9. Salivating badly here! You are the cause dear...hehehe! Arggghhh I just feel like grabbing some over! :D

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  10. Wow Nitha this is just superb! Looks so perfect. Sharkkara upperi is my fav too..
    It sure is on my list for the onam sadhya vibhavangal series.

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  11. Omg, stunning and incredible banana chips,seriously mouthwatering here..

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  12. Had this once made by Kerala cooks & loved it!!! Hard to get hold of this in my town...Trying this out soon..!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  13. without this onamasadya is nothing...thats looks perfect nitha....i usually buy from outside...will try to do it from ur version!

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  14. Perfect and really tempting..adipoli aayitundu

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  15. Dad used to buy this for us when he visits kerala... hmm.. taste still lingers!!
    http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  16. I just love this.. My mom gets it whenever she come from home... will try it soon

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  17. Thanks everyone..

    @ Reshmi - Onam preps alla.. ethu last onam nte aanu ;)

    @ Suhaina - Thanks for pointing out the typo error dear. I ve changed it.

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  18. Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing

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  19. ohh Nitha....This is the most tempting part for me on any sadya....how lucky u r that u get some raw bananas there...I dont have any other option than drooling seeing ur tempting pics

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  20. Looks irresistible and well explained .Picture makes me drool

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  21. wow love these snacks from kerala..so nice to see the recipe..:0)

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  22. Niceee i am going to make this ! Your photos are so beautiful and they look so crispy and sweet.

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  23. This one looks so easy to cook and mouth-watering...delicious!

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  24. Oh wow, these look super delicious. I am going to have to try these or I won't be able to get them out of my mind...yum!

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  25. Delicious ~ bet they are super addictive!
    US Masala

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  26. This is so new to me,sounds really good and it looks tempting!

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  27. Loved the clicks, looks amazing !

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  28. ooh! i love these kind! they look delicious!

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  29. Oh wow..i want to make it now. Have tasted it n have wanted to make it sometime. Thanks for the recipe.

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  30. This looks extremely awesome and would love to have it.

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  31. Shakkaratupperi is my FAV :) Your pics are so lovely, exact replica of the store-bought ones! :)

    You have a lovely blog...I love many of your recipes and food clicks :)

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