Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sarkkaravaratti/Banana chips sweetened with Jaggery

Just like the regular banana chips this one is also related to festival cooking in Kerala.  Infact, you must eat both the salted chips and this one together, yes the normal "khatta meetta" way. When I was younger I used to grab more sarkkaravaratti than the upperi (banana chips-salted).  My DH is not very keen on this one, but loves the upperi. So invariably my mom will pack both the varieties for us when we visit.

It's been a while since I had sarkkaravaratti and hence decided to make some to quench my craving.  Of course I made some banana chips too, to please my DH :D. You can find the recipe here. The recipe is very simple, the only trick is to get the chips perfectly fried. Hope this recipe, yet another one from my father, will help you achieve the perfect result :-)

Sarkkaravaratti

Ingredients:

Raw Banana (preferably Nendran)- 3
Jaggery (melted) - 1/2 cup
Roasted rice(grains)- 1/3 cup
Cumin Powder- 2 Tsp
Ginger Powder- 2 Tsp
Oil- For deep frying

Method:

1.Skin the banana completely and cut it into 2 equal halves length wise.  Cut them into small pieces that are ~1/4 inch thick.
2.Heat the oil and fry this until they are done.This should be done at medium high for the first 5-6 minutes and then on medium heat for 16-18 minutes or until the inside also becomes crispy.
3.If you do not fry them properly the chips become soft once you put them in the jaggery syrup.
4.Cool the chips by spreading on a kitchen tissue paper.
5.Dry roast the raw rice till it gets puffed up a bit and start turning golden brown in color. Dry grind it to get the powder and mix this with cumin and ginger powders.
6.Melt the jaggery in a thick bottom pan (preferably a uruli) and keep stirring. You can check for consistency by taking a drop on your index finger and pressing with your thumb and releasing. If you see more than 3 threads, pour little more water(do this very carefully, it will splutter , and may cause serious burns and injuries! and stir to boil it again to get the desired consistency.Switch off the heat.
7.Throw in the fried and cooled banana chips to this. Also sprinkle mixture of powders to this and mix well.This is bit hard, since you have to do this faster and also the jaggery is sticky. It would be great if someone is there to help you sprinkle the powders while you mix the things. This will help to get the chips evenly coated .
8.Let it sit for sometime and cool.Store in an airtight container (if you have some leftovers :-) !)

Sarkkaravaratti

54 comments:

  1. Hmm very sweet banana chips...mouth-watering:)

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  2. Looks lovely...I love anything with bananas :-)

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  3. what a nice combo, cumin seeds and jaggery with banana..

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  4. Adipoli.....perfect sarkkaravarati. Same here, my hubby doesn't fancy this much but I just love it :).

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  5. i love this sweet chips,my friend used to get it for me,..used to wait for that...looks lovely and delicious

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  6. Wow I just love this,I have relished this in many kerala functions,great recipe..

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  7. that's a amazing recipe specially for me who have a big sweet tooth:)

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  8. Yummy/.....thts my favorite...love to buy those from kerala!

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  9. I have trued savory banana chips but never this unusual sweet one.It looks delicious.

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  10. Very new to me but I know thats its a great combo.

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  11. my my..they look so yummy..my hubby loves this

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  12. looks really inviting:) Beautiful clicks!

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  13. looks really inviting:) Beautiful clicks!

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  14. looks so yummay..my hubby loves this

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  15. adipoli..looks amazing...oru sadya kazhikkan njan thayar!!!!

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  16. Can't tell they are bananas....very intriguing!

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  17. I have never eaten sweetened banana chips! look very tempting!

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  18. Tempting sweet chips...never had it till now..looks irresistible..

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  19. V call it Upperi...and my fav,kanditte kothi varunnu,....yummmm

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  20. Awesome clicks...I too love, some of my friends used to bring it on festival days...tastes great :)

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  21. That looks delightful! And the photographs are brilliant. This recipe is new to me ... but I love the sound of it. It's bookmarked for sometime soon :D

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  22. I was just nodding my head wen u said abt eating it during festivals in kerala..i totally agree..but i dont need an occasion to eat this one.

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  23. Whoa Gulmohar, What a delightful snack. These Banana Chips sweetened with Jaggery is new to me. I'm gald you posted it, learnt something new. It would be appropriate to say. "Like father, like daughter". Passion for cooking runs in the family. Inviting Click.

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  24. Another delicious dish! This looks so wonderful, it makes me want to reach into my screen and grab one! Have a wonderful week!

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  25. My favorite one, use to get big packs from Keralite store near my home. I love the strong flavor of ginger. Sounds to be very simple to prepare at home, nice recipe!!!

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  26. Pics are brilliant...love to have then right now...good job..give it a try..

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  27. These look awesome and the pics are great as always! This sweet banana chips is new to me, looks so tempting though. I suppose I can substitute jaggery with brown sugar, right? I have had too many mishaps with Jaggery to attempt more :(

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  28. charkaravaratti luks superb...superb :)

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  29. Long time since I had thes. Usually got these from friends and neighbours. Looks too good. Would love to try sometime.

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  30. wow!!looks perfect...remember onam and vishu day's!!

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  31. Thanks for stopping by....u hv a very creative space too.
    Will be back....

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  32. My favorite one. Tasted from my friends place. I wll try this. But for nendran I have to visit Kerala store. Yum yumm yummy!

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  33. These chips sound very delicious and flavorful!

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  34. ooh drooling over this.heard of this.but never tasted.great click

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  35. Wow my all time fav...Kandittu control kitunilla...Ippo kitiyirunengil motham akathakamayirunnu...

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  36. One apt word to describe, AWESOME.

    Chitchat
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  37. I so love this!! My husband & I love using jaggery!!

    This dish sings to me!!

    We like jaggery in our cooking!

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  38. they are a family fav..thanks for a great recipe.

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  39. I absolutley love banana chips but would never have thought I could make them at home! Thanks for the recipe.

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  40. OMG...missing home...wonderful click...

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  41. Awwww.... My favorite.. This is the only thing I ask from my Mallu friends whenever they back from home... Those crispy sarkkaravaratti looks perfect n mouthwatering!

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  42. THis is somewhat diff' than that we make...looks incredible, wanna grab some from the screen:)

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  43. Thanks everyone !
    PJ, I'm not sure whether you could replace the jaggery with brown sugar in this prep. Never tried it. The consistency of the syrup is very important in this, otherwise the chips become chewy.

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  44. vayil kappal odum...sherikum kothiyavunu...
    Monte pakal urakam oke eppol ekadesham nirthuna lakshanamanu..athu kondu eppol blogging nu sherikum time kitunilla :(

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  45. Kerala style dishes are always spl and they taste and smell wonderful too... Love the way the chips have turned out... Thanks a ton for dropping by Gulmohar... Shall keep coming by for more!!!

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  46. One of my favs... I am drooling seeing ur pics...

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  47. Oh,Yum!!! Your sweet banana chips look and sound so crunchy and yummy! I really love the look of this snack, something that I dream of munching on all day long, Mmm!!!
    Thanks for the great tips and recipe:)

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