Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Banana Fritters

Everyone and everything here awaits Christmas now. It gets dark around 5pm and wherever you turn, you see cute little lights and candles, adorning huge and small christmas trees. The shops, malls, houses, railway stations and even my office has got the new Christmas look now. In Germany, Advent is celebrated as a tradition awaiting Christmas. It marks the four weeks before Christmas. Every week, one of the four candles in the advent wreath is lighted until Christmas. You can find more info in http://www.german-way.com/christmasAdv.html. It is really fascinating to know such things about the traditions and cultures in the lives of people in different countries.


Now, coming to the post, this is yet another entry for the Blog Hop Wednesdays, an event by Radhika of Tickling Palates. This time, I got the chance to visit Jabeen's Corner. I have been following her space for quite some time now and I really find her space interesting. The way she narrates things sometimes makes me feel as if I'm hearing her in person and the liveliness in her tone is contagious. I'm glad I got a chance to try something from her blog. As always, we (I and my husband) were browsing through her posts and when we saw Banana Fritters, we at once knew - that's it.


Banana Fritters, known as 'Pazham Pori' regionally, is a famous tea-time snack in Keralite households. As I'm writing the post, it brings me some of the unforgettable memories in my life. I very well remember where I first tasted these gorgeous snack. During our final year Engineering studies, we, a group of four friends were staying at one of our Keralite friend's house in Trivandrum, for doing our Project Work. Her mother is a wonderful cook. Inspite of her full time job, she passionately cooked varieties of tasty dishes for us all. Every evening, after we return tired from our day's work, we would find something special and tasty awaiting us in the dining table, along with tea. We used to savour these as hungry birds, chit-chatting and drinking tea. One such evening was when I got to taste these. It was wonderful that even banana can be fried and it tasted really awesome.

After that, it was in my in-laws place where I tasted them again. My husband's native is a town located quite close to the Kerala border in Tamilnadu and strongly influenced by Kerala cuisine. Every often, my mother-in-law would prepare these simple delicacies. It would all vanish within a few minutes, as everyone in family likes them. I, myself, have never prepared these and it's quite been some time sinced we ate them last. Well, now you could imagine my husband's enthu on seeing this in Jabeen's Corner.


I went ahead straight away and prepared these last Sunday. The recipe is so so simple, that there is really no need to repeat it. You can find it here. Just prepare the batter, dip the banana pieces and fry. You'll be surprised at the number of pieces easily going into your mouths within minutes.

Notes:
  • The banana should be really ripe enough for a good taste. Long yellow coloured variety (Yethampazham) is well suited.
  • I did not use turmeric, as like my mother-in-law's recipe.
  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted according to the sweetness of the banana. It can very well be replaced with honey or maple syrup.
Thanks again Jabeen for the recipe. Happily sharing this with Tickling Palates' Blog Hop Wednesday - Week 10.

20 comments :

  1. I get totally blown over when I see delicacies that are regional favorites like these..they look crisp n perfect with stunning clicks!
    USMasala

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  2. looks like a new one to me... very delicious and nice clicks .........

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  3. Lovely snaps. I like the hue very much.

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  4. this is my favouritest snack n i have craved it so so much recently..we don get tht plantain easily

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  5. wow gorgeous looking fritters !! good photography as always ! and hey "that" flowervase .....memorable trip na ....

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  6. These are one of my eternal favorites..very nicely made.

    Herbs & Flowers: Spring Onions

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  7. omg, such droolworthy pics ; hey loved the way u have described the festive spirits in germany

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  8. Its been ages i had this fritters,i dont bother to have rite now.

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  9. Simply fabulous clicks!!!! And bana fritters is one of my fav..Growing up close to Kerala border has given me a chance to taste this delicacy ever so often & fall in love with it.. ;)
    Prathima Rao
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  10. Oh yes, the holiday season is upon us with lot of festivities and cheer. We call these pazham pori in Malayalam and it's comfort food for me :) Beautiful styling and pictures girl!

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  11. @All, thank you all for your lovely comments.

    I was at first sad that it got dark before the fritters were ready. But, I'm glad the snaps came out good enough for you all to like it :)

    @Nisha, it was a wonder I found the plantain in a farmer's market here. There are many other imported fruits available. The ones I used here are from Columbia, but they tasted the same as the Indian ones. :)

    @Reshmi, look at me. I'm still yet to write about our trip. Adhukkulla next trip poyiduvom nu nenaikaren :)

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  12. Vazhakai Bajjis look super duper delicious - love the ramekin presentation - thank you my dear for your sweet concern - All went smoother than I feared. Hubby is away and I was distressed that these things happen when i am alone with the kiddos - My son was a huge support for me :) many hugs to you priya

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  13. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

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  14. yeah Aysha, am still waiting for that "trip post" :)

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  15. Me too love this a lot and yeah pictures looks fantastic.

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  16. Ayeesha seira variety ellaam saapida life is not enough Aysha ;)

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  17. Awesome 'Ethakka Appams' as they are called in Kerala. With a cup of tea these are just so delcicious and you've presented them so very well:)

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