Banana Spicy Papad (sun-dried & home-made)

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Sun-dried, Home-made, Spicy Raw Banana Papad

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 15-20 of the above size

Banana needs no introduction since it is universally available fruit through out the year. Banana in English is Kele in Konkani and Balehannu in kkannada.   The vegetable banana  is used to prepare a variety of dishes and this variety of the banana for this recipe is called ‘Kat Bale‘ which is available in plenty in central part of Karnataka in places like the Hubli, Dharwad.  It has a very thick skin and becomes sweet on ripening. I got this variety from our garden and thought of preparing spicy Banana Papad when it is raw. The recipe is very simple and easy to prepare.  We can roll it with the rolling pin at night and dry it the next day in the strong sun during the afternoon for about 2 hours and store it in air-tight containers to enjoy it on a cold chilly day during the rainy season. One can prepare this papad with the usual Raw Banana veggie as well.  I will try it out and put it up in the next summer season.  In konkani we call it” Kele Happolu”.

What you need to have:

1.Raw Bananas – 4 (Cooked pulp could be 2 cups)

Ingredients of wet masala:

1. Red chilli powder (Byadgi) – 6 Teaspoons

2. Table salt – 1 Teaspoon

3. Asafoetida (soft) – Size of a peanut

4. Water – as required to prepare the paste

(The quantity of wet masala prepared of which only 3 Teaspoons should be used for 2 cups of Raw grated Banana)

5. Beaten rice powder – 1 cup

Fresh Raw Bananas

What you do with what you have:

1. Cook the fresh raw bananas in the cooker in water for about 20 minutes as usual and peal it.

Cooked raw bananas

  2. Peel it and grate the cooked Bananas and is as shown in the image below.

Grated cooked raw bananas

2. Grind chilli powder, asafoetida, salt in the mixer, adding water in steps to make a thick paste.  Prepare the required quantity of masala and of this add only 3 Teaspoons of this wet masala to prepare the papad with 4 raw bananas.

Ground masala paste

3. Pass the grated bananas from step-2 and also the chilli masala from step-3 into the bhujia mould together without adding water so that it mixes properly.

Cooked raw banana and masala mix

4. Dry beaten rice in the sun for about an hour and powder it in the mixer to a fine consistency.

5. Mix the masala mixed banana mixture into a soft pliable dough. Pinch out a small quantity of the dough and shape it into small balls. Dust the balls in the beaten rice powder and roll superficially with a rolling pin to required thickness.   One has to roll the rolling stick also with thick plastic sheet and roll the papad on a plastic sheet superficially.  Dry it in the hot sun for about an hour till it puffs up.

Pinched out ball and the rolled Banana papad1

6. Sun dried spicy Banana papad would be as shown in the image below. Roast it on the papad roaster and apply a little coconut oil and enjoy it during rainy season. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sun dried Raw Banana spicy papad

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 15-20 of the above size

Good to remember :

1. Use raw and fresh bananas for taste and quality and also crispness.

2. Do not add water at all while kneading the dough.

3. Dusting it in beaten rice powder while rolling, will make the papad turn crispy and tasty.

4. Roll it superficially taking care to see that papad retains its  round shape .

5. It should be dried in the hot sun for only one hour till it puffs up.

7 thoughts on “Banana Spicy Papad (sun-dried & home-made)

    Jayasree said:
    May 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

    This is something new….Very interesting

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Jayashree,
      Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    Raji said:
    May 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This is such a new and interesting papad…and like the fact that it doesn’t require so much of drying time.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Raji,

      This recipe not only is easy but very tasty as well.

    Manikkam K said:
    May 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Xcellent recipies I must say, although I am no great cook myself, I must recall that I had the oppertunity to visit your house once whilst I was studying in Manipal. I think I was not allowed to get in to your house by your dog -one of the fiercest of the kind I have ever seen. I am surprised that you have not bothered to mention him amongst your family members, altough he is perhaps one who guards your home and recipies at the same time. Please make mention of this important member of the social make up called family in your profile.

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Manikkam

      Thanx a lot and would surely include “Baggy” our favorite dog in my profile. My profile pictorial on the face book is with “Baggy”. Just check it up!!!!!!!!!

        Manikkam K said:
        June 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        Hello Aunty

        Thanx for such a quick reply. I am sure you are an animal lover at heart and an environmentalist.

        Could you please recommend me a quick fix mansoon receipe that should be ready before I set off for office, nourishing and yet filling so that I could take the long bus ride to work and wait till lunch time smacking my lips all the way. Thank you very much. Manikkam

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