Thursday, July 12, 2012
GOING BANANAS !
The term Pazham in Tamil and Malayalam specifically refers to ripe banana, though the direct translation of Pazham in English is Fruit.
Ripe Bananas are an integral part of all cultural and religious activities in South India. The versatile Banana is most exploited by the kitchens in Kerala, where a number of mouth watering dishes are prepared using Ripe Bananas as the main ingredient.
Poricha Pazham can be prepared in a jiffy. The taste of this filling snack will make one crave for more and more.
Sweet and firm, ripe Bananas - 2
Plain flour / Maida - 1 cup
Powdered jaggery - 2 tbsps
Cardamom powder - 1 pinch
Salt - 1/2 pinch
Oil - for frying
1. Mix plain flour, salt, powdered jaggery and cardamom powder in a bowl.
2. Add water little by little and make a thick batter with the ingredients.
3. Peel and cut the ripe bananas into two or three pieces.
4. Heat oil in a pan.
5. When the oil is hot remove one table spoon of oil and pour it on the batter and mix well.
6. Coat one piece of banana with the prepared batter and gently drop it into the hot oil.
7. Reduce heat and gently fry the pazham turning now and then, till it becomes golden brown in colour on all sides.
8. Remove using a perforated ladle and drain on a paper towel.
9. Increase heat and fry the next piece.
Enjoy the Poricha Pazham while hot. The crisp outer coat and the soft and sweet banana inside is totally an out of the world experience.