Vazhakkai Chops / Shallow fried spicy raw banana – A delicious shallow fried side dish. Best with rice. Recipe from Dakshin Delights by Sanjeev Kapoor !!
Makes: 6 – 8 thin slices
Raw bananas - 1 big size
Salt – ½ teaspoon (or to taste)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves, chopped - 4 nos (optional)
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Rice flour – 2 teaspoons
Hing (asafoetida) - 2 pinches
Tamarind pulp / thick paste – ½ teaspoon
Water – 1 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoons (to shallow fry)
Peel and slice the bananas lengthwise into three to four pieces. Cut each into two if too long. Boil in salted water with the turmeric powder for five minutes and cool.
Mix together the curry leaves, red chilli powder, coriander powder, rice flour with tamarind pulp and water. Make a thick paste. Apply this paste evenly on the bananas slices (both the sides). Cover and keep aside for fifteen minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan (flat frying pan / tawa). Arrange these marinated banana slices carefully and fry until golden brown on both the sliced. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon when turning other side. Serve hot with rice.
Try this recipe with potatoes, yam etc