Raw Banana Chips

These Vazhakkai Chips (Raw Banana Chips) are a perfect example of how everything is better deep fried!

raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

You’d think that being a food blogger, I must love all kinds of food.

Well, you’re wrong.

As much as I love Banana – the fruit, I loathe Raw Banana. None of the regular methods of sautéing, steaming etc. seem to get rid of the inherent smell in raw banana. But when you slice them thin and deep fry to crispy perfection, that’s a whole other ball game altogether!

raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

“Vazhakkai” in Tamil means Raw Banana. All you need to make these chips are the Banana itself, salt & chilli powder and some oil to deep fry!

RAW BANANA CHIPS RECIPE | South Indian Vazhakkai Chips

Start off with some Raw Banana… obviously! 😛
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Chop of the stem and peel the green skin off. If using a peeler is difficult, simply use a knife to carefully chop of the hard green skin. (Be patient as raw banana is much more tough than the fruit). Keep them soaked in fresh water
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Use a mandolin slicer to get thin slices of the vegetable. Or if you’re confident and careful, you can cut out thin round chips with a knife itself.
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Furiously rub the peeled raw banana back and forth the blade to get thin round slices of the veggie
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Place all the sliced chips on a clean kitchen cloth and let it dry out for 5-10 minutes. (Press with the cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible). Meanwhile heat enough oil in the pan to deep fry
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Add the chips in batches.
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Let them fry on both sides for bout 3-5 minutes or until they are light golden
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Remove on a tissue / paper cloth to absorb excess oil (although there is very little of that). Add all the chips into a mixing bowl
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Season with salt and your favorite herbs (chilli powder, oregano, thyme, piri piri etc.) when hot
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Mix well
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

Store in air tight box. Stays well upto 10 days
raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

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Raw Banana Chips
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 medium sized Raw Bananas
  • Vegetable Oil, to deep fry
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Spices you like (example: Chilli powder, ground black pepper, oregano, thyme, piri piri etc.)
Instructions
  1. Wash the bananas well. Chop of the stem and peel the green skin off. If using a peeler is difficult, simply use a knife to carefully chop of the hard green skin. (Be patient as raw banana is much more tough than the fruit). Keep them soaked in fresh water
  2. Use a mandolin slicer to get thin slices of the vegetable. Or if you're confident and careful, you can cut out thin round chips with a knife itself. Furiously rub the peeled raw banana back and forth the blade to get thin round slices of the veggie
  3. Place all the sliced chips on a clean kitchen cloth and let it dry out for 5-10 minutes. (Press with the cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible).
  4. Meanwhile heat enough oil in the pan to deep fry
  5. Add the chips in batches. Let them fry on both sides for bout 3-5 minutes or until they are light golden
  6. Remove on a tissue / paper cloth to absorb excess oil (although there is very little of that). Add all the chips into a mixing bowl
  7. Season with salt and your favorite herbs (chilli powder, oregano, thyme, piri piri etc.) when hot. Mix well
  8. Store in air tight box. Stays well upto 10 days
Note
  1. You can try the same with other vegetables like potato, carrot, sweet potato
  2. For a healthier version, pass these slices through a dehydrator OR bake at 200 C for 20 minutes until crisp.

Suggested equipment for this recipe: Mandolin Slicer or a good Knife

Other deep fried goodies you may enjoy –

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers (Molagai Bajji)
olagai bajji recipe

Spiced Lentil Fritters (Masala Vadai)
masala vada recipe

Corn Pakoda (Fritters)
masala vada recipe

Paneer Pakoda
paneer pakoda recipe

4 Comment

  1. Love raw banana chips, which is the best way of consuming 🙂

  2. nice pic.. i also love valakka chips..

  3. i think this is a wonderful way to eat raw banana.. my kids dont like stir fried bananas either.. will try this out

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