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
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.
Hope you will all enjoy.