Banana Chips, Hulgol, Karnataka
Karnataka is a truly magical corner of Southern India- a veritable treat for all the senses. Bordered by Kerala to the south and Goa to the north, Karnataka lies on the Malabar Coast and the region is abundant with fertile spice and fruit gardens, deep woods and palmed fronded, secluded beaches. What better place to head to for a winter warming holiday to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this enchanting part of the world. It’s little wonder that in a place so full of delicious spices and ingredients (literally on hand to pick off the tree!), that the communities pride themselves in their cooking and take great care preparing tasty dishes for their guests; or that the guests come back raving about the food!
Here’s a quick and easy recipe from Archana Hedge from Hulgol village to transport you straight to Karnataka - a simple, but delicious treat- Banana Chips! We can’t pick the ingredients off the tree back here in the UK, but it still makes for a rather different, more interesting snack!
8-10 medium raw banana | Oil for deep frying |Salt to taste | 3-4 cloves | Pinch of asafoetida | 4 tsp Chilli powder | 3 tbsp Cumin seed | 6 tbsp Coriander seed
Mix the cloves, asafoetida, cumin seed, coriander seed and grind to a powder.
Peel raw banana and slice them in thin circles.
Heat the oil for deep frying in a kadai / wok.
Add sliced bananas into the hot oil slowly.
Fry in medium heat, stir with a slotted spoon to prevent the banana from sticking.
Continue frying till bubbles in the oil become less and almost disappear and bananas change color and become crisp.
Remove the fried banana chips with slotted spoon, immediately sprinkle salt and masala powder and shake the jar, mix it well.
Serve tasty banana chips whenever you or your family wants them.