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April 4, 2017

Pazham Pori Recipe – Ethakka Appam - Kerala Nendram Pazham Bajji

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Pazham Pori recipe
Pazham pori @ Ethakka appam – Kerala special Nendram pazham bajji ( Ripe banana fritters in English) was in my try list for years. Crispy and hot Pazham pori with tea/Chai is one of the most popular and classic combo in Kerala. People love to have this pazham pori with hot tea as an evening snack. I have tasted this bajji only once in Bangalore - Ernakulum intercity express train pantry car. I loved it very much and I decided to blog this recipe at that instance. But I couldn’t find nendram pazham/etha pazham in my area. 

Recently I got few ripen nendram pazham from my neighbor. My neighbors from Kerala used to buy this nendram pazham regularly and feed their toddlers for breakfast as it has lots of health benefits. As soon as I got the ripen banana, this pazham pori recipe flashed in my mind. I browsed for few recipes and videos to make a crispy pazham pori just like the ones I tasted in train. I came across many pazham pori recipes with eggs, besan flour and even with wheat flour. But I wanted to try the traditional, authentic ones with Maida and rice flour.

Finally I got this recipe from my neighbor and tried it for our evening snacks. This sweet bajji is of my kind. I loved it a lot more than Raksha & Sendhil. We are planning to visit Kerala during this summer vacation. I have a big list of dishes to taste in Kerala hotels. This pazham pori is also one among them. I will try to update this post and share a picture in my Instagram feed from Kerala tea shop. Now lets see how to make Kerala special Pazham pori recipe with step by step pictures and video !

Kerala Pazham pori

Pazham Pori Recipe - Kerala Ethakka Appam

Pazham Pori Recipe - Kerala Ethakka Appam Pazham Pori Recipe - Kerala Ethakka Appam - Kerala Nendram Pazham Bajji Recipe
Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Snacks
Serves: 12 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Nendram banana / Kerala ripen banana - 3 to 4 nos
  • Maida / All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 3 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1 to 2 tbsp ( based on the sweetness of banana)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking Soda – a pinch (optional)
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed Cardamom seeds – 1 no ( optional)
  • Water – 1 cup ( approx)
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil - to deep fry

  • Take the ripen banana and peel the skin. Cut into long, thin or thick strips as you wish. Set aside. Taste a small piece of banana to know the sweetness. Mine looked over ripen and black as u see in the picture. But It was mildly sweet. So I had to add more sugar in the batter. The quantity of sugar in the batter depends on the sweetness of banana.
    Pazham pori recipe
  • In a wide bowl,take the maida, rice flour, sugar, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, cardamom powder and a small pinch of cooking soda.  Adding soda is optional. Mix well.
    Pazham pori recipe
  • Add water little by little and make a smooth, lump free batter. Batter should not be too thin or too thick. Its consistency should be like bajji batter.It should fall like a thin ribbon. Batter should coat the banana well. So make it accordingly. Please watch the video for reference. I used approx 1 to 1.25 cups of water.
    Pazham pori recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated ,drop a pinch of batter to check oil temperature. If it rises to the top immediately, oil heat is just right.
  • Now take one banana strip and coat well on both the sides in the batter. Drop in hot oil. Deep fry 2-3 pazham pori for one batch. Flip & Cook in medium flame on fry both the sides till golden. Remove in a tissue paper. Serve hot  to enjoy its best taste.Tea with pazham pori is a classic combo in Kerala. You too give a try and enjoy !
    Pazham pori recipe
    Pazham pori recipe

  • Rice flour is not used in many recipes. But I added it to make crispy pazham pori.
  • Cardamom powder is also optional. If you want the flavor of banana to be dominant, skip it.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar based on the sweetness of banana.
  • Adding cooking soda is optional. If you don’t add pazham pori looks flat and thin. But mine looked slightly bulgy because of soda. Its your choice of how you want it.

Try this Kerala special snack – Pazham pori at home for your tea time  and enjoy !!
Kerala Nendram pazham bajji - ethakka appam

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R said...

They look yummy, we make them too :)

Chitra said...

Thank you R :)