Banana Chips(Onam special)

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Ready to serve Banana chips

Although in general banana chips have long overshadowed by its more popular cousin (potato chips), there is still much about banana chips that can be relished as you will soon discover. In fact, banana chips is so popular among people here in Karnataka that it is not only a time pass but a party dish and also prepared as a combination for breakfast for weddings and other functions.

Banana chips is prepared out of the bananas available in Kerala only – popularly known as Nendra. The Nendra bananas are relatively large in size as shown in the image below. Chips turn out not only very crispy and in fact only chips made from Nendra take on colors on their own. Commercially available chips are prepared from other types of banana and typically turn out hard, not crispy.

I borrowed this recipe from my friend in kerala (Ernakulam, 1984) who prepares and sells it commercially.

What you need to have:

Nendra Bananas – 4-5

Oil to fry – 500 ml

Salt water a little

Nendra bananas

Nendra Banans

1. Wash, clean and just mark with the tip of a knife in such a way that it doesn’t touch the pulp of it as shown in the image below.

Banana being marked to peal

Banana being marked to peal

2. Keep marking around 6 times lengthwise in such a way that the whole big banana is marked in all and start pealing slowly with the blunt side of the knife and continue pealing with your thumb as shown in the image below.

Banana being pealed

Marked banana being pealed

3. Peal it completely on the places marked as shown above and both partly pealed and pealed bananas are shown in the image below

Completely pealed and partly pealed bababas

4. Wash it under tap water to remove left over skin and apply turmeric powder to the whole banana as shown in the image below and set it aside for 5 minutes and wash it again so that only a layer of the powder covers it.

Turmeric powder applied to Bananas

Turmeric powder on the bananas

5. Place a wide pan/kadai on the flame with cooking oil. On heating just scrap bananas in the oil directly and keep stirring as shown in the image below.(I normally use Saffola gold heart oil for my cooking )

Banan being scraped in oil

6. When it turns almost crispy pour 1 teaspoon salt solution to it. As soon as you add salt solution there will be a hissing sound. Keep stirring and when the sound stops, just drain the chips and keep it aside.

Ready to serve Banana chips

Ready to serve Banana chips

On cooling store it in airtight containers.

What to remember:

1. Just prepare a salt solution with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 cup of water. If on frying chips run short of salt add a little salt to it. Keep reducing salt water to the next lot of frying chips, since oil contains salt added earlier. If preparing in lots please make sure that adding of salt solution should be reduced proportionately.

3. Sprinkling salt powder after frying will not work as it does for potato chips since bananas are not porous as potato.

4. If deep fried in fresh oil it will even remain afresh at room temperature for even 20-25 days.

How long it takes: 45 minute


11 thoughts on “Banana Chips(Onam special)

    Seema said:
    June 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hi Pratibha,

    The chips look wonderful…will definitely try it. BTW,I am still waiting for you to upload the pictures on “how to cut the coffee choco biscuits”.

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 18, 2008 at 5:50 am


    I have added the picture you requested.

    Hope that helps !

    bernandina said:
    July 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    hi, i tried the chips with ord raw bananas.they were a bit soggy and cream coloured.may be i should have bought sp bananas.hats off to you for your detailing.nocook can go wrong.i will prepare masaladosa for my son zubin.thanks for that recipe.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 7, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Do try with the Kerala Bananas which are meant for chips

    Banana Halwa « The Indian Food Court said:
    September 22, 2008 at 3:21 am

    […] it was made from those bananas. These are the same bananas from which the banana chips [ See my recipe for Banana chips ] are […]

    pallavi kogale said:
    January 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

    your information is very well to me,for my project work it helps me.the taste and texure of chips are very good.Thank you to giving this useful information.

    amruta nashte said:
    January 7, 2009 at 10:15 am

    your information and images are helpful to us.Thank you.

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

      Hi Amruta,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do c my other recipes as well if interested.

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

    HI pallavi,

    Thanx a lot for ur comments. I am also happy that my post is so useful for ur project work as well. Best of luck to u.

    Jyothsna said:
    April 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Banana Chips are my favorite snacks.
    This is the 1st time I’m seeing the perfect picture included recipe which is tempting me to try the recipe.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this Kerala special snack.

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Jyothsna,

    Just try out the recipe with Kerala Nendra Bananas only!!!!! You will b perfectly right.

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