Wednesday, 9 November 2011

PAZHAM PORI/ETHAKKA APPAM/BANANA FRITTERS - A regular easy snack and a little more...!

After a short unintentional break from blogging, here I come with one of the easiest tea time snack - 'Pazham pori'/'Ethakka appam', an authentic Kerala cuisine.

This is one of the easiest snacks which you would find in most of the households, bakeries, tea stalls in fact everywhere in Kerala.

The only variety of banana used for this snack is called Ethapazham in Malayalam and Nenthram pazham in Tamil. The raw plantain is used for making chips, powdered and used as baby food and in many other savouries, whereas the ripe ones go for sweets and snacks.


1cup ----- MAIDA
1/2 cup -----RICE POWDER (may omit if not available) 
2tsp ----- SUGAR (add more if the fruit is not sweet enough)
1tsp ----- JEERA (Optional)
1/2tsp ----- SALT
A pinch ---- TURMERIC (for colour)
Coconut Oil to deep fry


Cut the banana into half and again into half vertically

  • Make a slightly thick batter by mixing maida, rice flour, sugar, jeera, salt, turmeric and enough water
  • Check for salt and sugar then dip the pieces of banana in the batter

  • Heat the coconut oil until hot, but not smoking hot. Slowly drop in the plantains dipped in batter

  • Deep fry on both sides until golden brown. Drain on a kitchen paper. Serve hot

  • By adding rice powder the appam remains crsipy from outside and soft inside

Ok, so you have some batter left out??? don't throw away! It makes a snack by

  • Add 1tsp sugar to the left out batter and 1/2tsp baking powder. Mix well and pour it on a greased and hot paniyarm chatti
  • Cook on both sides and remove. A fresh, crispy and soft snack is ready in no time!

For people who cannot digest oily food, try the steamed version of this ethapazham. It's healthy, soft to digest with all its nutrition intact

  • Wash the ripe banana and trim the edges. Cut the banana into three equal parts. Place it on an idly maker or steamer and steam for about five minutes
  • Once done remove from the steamer or else it turns mushy. Peel the plantain and serve warm or cold.



  1. many recipes at one go..all re lovely n delicious,perfect with tea!!

  2. superb dishes. Many with single base. Love them.

  3. Yum this and liked both the ways of doing it

  4. nice to see u after a long time with a yummy snack of kerala

  5. Tempting pazhampori...YUmyy..

  6. Wow, three different treats,we can choose according to our comfort! Excellent!

  7. This is absolutely yummy! I have it everytime I visit Trivandrum! your pictorial is awesome!


  8. Looks good rajdeep , these are my son's fav but without the jeera .

  9. Wow looks superb and a nice snack

  10. Wow nice treat with the plantain.First time here love ur space dear.

  11. First time here..Glad I reached here..Following you right away...This looks delicious.…Totally yummy..Thanks for sharing it dear…Should try it soon…If you have time do check my blog too…


  12. looks wonderful! I liked the paniyaram chatti snack a lot! :)

  13. un felice week end per Te....ciao

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