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Pazham Pori

Pazham Pori or Ethakka appam is a popular tea time snack of Kerala. It can be easily found in thattukadas/chayakadas in  Kerala. Have you ever been to a  chayakada before? They are tea stalls found in nook and corner of Kerala.
In olden days these stalls were the hub of village or  small communities and people used to gather morning and evening for tea, newspaper or radio news discussions. My grandmother always used to complain that my grandfather never used to drink morning tea at home. He always used to walk to the corner tea stall to drink tea, listen to news and chat with friends..mostly discuss politics :)  Chayakadas serve  tea, morning breakfast and fitters. Pazham pori made with ripe sweet plantain is a favorite among the visitors or customers.Gone are the days of glory for these humble tea stalls but not the delicious and colorful  fitters that adored their glass shelf  containers. They still look mouth watering.
Pazham pori is also made at home as a quick and easy snack. This is a sure winner if you have sudden guests at home.  The flavor of ripe sweet plantains dipped in sweet cardamon flavored batter and then deep fried in coconut oil to crispy golden is something that cannot be described.Give this recipe a try,you will surely love it. I have added a pinch of turmeric powder for color( otherwise it will be off- white color)and once fried you will never notice any difference in taste.

Ripe plantains - 2
Maida-1 cup
Rice flour-2 tbs
Sugar- 3 tsp ( depending on the sweetness of plantain) 
salt- a pinch
baking powder- a pinch
turmeric powder-a pinch
Cardamon powder- 1/3 tsp
Nutmeg powder- a pinch
oil for frying

Peel the plantain and cut into half and then slit it lengthwise. I cut three pieces lengthwise of each half .
Combine all the ingredients except plantain and oil.Make a batter by adding one and one half cup of water and make a smooth paste.Make a batter not too thick and not too thin. Dip the plantains in this batter and deep fry in hot oil till golden. Drain excess oil using paper towel. Enjoy with tea.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Hm my fav snack....looks so tempting

  2. Wat a super delicious fritters, truly tempting..

  3. OMG.. My fav recipe.. looks absolutely perfect and delicious .. thanks for sharing !!

  4. Definitely this is a quick snack for unexpected guests and will always be a winner. I love this snack.

  5. My H used to tell me about a hotel in coimbatore which specialize in this Pazham Pori and is nagging me to prepare this for him. So i'm going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing....

  6. tempting fritters... adding nutmeg is a flavorful twist..

  7. My favorite too...pazham pori looks so tempting in this weather:)

  8. This looks really good. I love easy n yummy treats like this:)

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  9. Wow so inviting to to try it soon!

  10. very tempting and nice snack dear

  11. loved it --- the nutmeg inclusion is interesting !

  12. Dear thanks a lot for ur comment...feeling so happy....the fritters look so tempting....

  13. Ente fav. nutmeg add cheyunathu is new though..

  14. Looks great and I want this yummy snack...

  15. chayem pazham porim..yum..veruthe kothippikathe suja...

  16. I can eat the whole bowl and wash it with some chaya!

  17. lovely fritters Suja..hugs and smiles

  18. pazham pori, my altime favorite... its really tempting.. I need that full plate of pazham pori... :)

  19. I always thought these are made of raw plantains. thanks for the recipe and beautiful snaps.

  20. ഇത് അക്രമമായി പോയെന്റെ സുജകുട്ടി... കൊതി വന്നിട്ട് ഇരിക്കാന്‍ വയ്യ :(

  21. rice flour is a delicious addition yummy snack

  22. wow....yummy and drool worthy...loved it...

  23. yummy fritters.i am drooling here...

  24. my all time fav....can eat it 3 times a day

  25. This is my all time fav snack...nothing can beat this...irresistible cliks...very tempting
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  26. I simply love the cuppa tea next to the fritters,it is so tempting,I wish I could enjoy the fritters with some chai now*drools*

  27. Delicious fritters with a cup of tea.

  28. My fav one..looks absolutely yummy and tempting..

  29. Looks so delicious.Nice click too.

  30. So tempting...never tasted this snack before. Will surely try.
    A tasty snack and a cup of hot tea...thought of the (my) day...

  31. Tasty snacks...never tasted this before. Will surely try it.
    This looks absolutely tempting and what more...a cup of tea...

  32. oh adipoli..looks so perfect and yummy!!

  33. interesting recipe Suja. Keep rocking.

  34. tasty all time malaysia too..we do something similar..called ' goreng pisang' /fried banana...frst time here..enjoyin staying....glad to follow u!..

  35. Thanks all for stopping by and for the wonderful comments:)


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