Pazham Pori / Banana Fritters

Recipe of the week 🙂

Pazham pori is an all time favorite snack of Malayalees. You can find this delicacy in any tea in Kerala. It is also called “ Ethakka appam”. Pazham pori holds a special place in Kerala cuisine. This is a Kerala snack where ripe banana slices are dipped in a flour batter and deep-fried to get a crispy coating with softly cooked banana inside.

For health reasons, you can use whole-wheat flour too, also some rice flour can be added to the batter to make the fritters crisp.

Serve Pazham pori as an evening snack with chai or coffee.

Pazham Pori / Banana Fritters

Prep time              :    5 minutes
Cooking time       : 20 minutes
Total time             : 25  minutes

Servings      : 5

Category     : Snacks
Cuisine       : South Indian, Kerala


3 Ripe plantains
1 Cup all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon rice flour
1-2 Tablespoons sugar
Pinch of turmeric powder
2 Cardamom pods -crushed
1/2 Teaspoon crushed cumin seeds
3/4 Cup water
Oil for deep-frying
Salt to taste (just to adjust the sweetness)


  • Peel the plantains and slit it into thin slices lengthwise (3-4 pieces).
  • For the batter, in a bowl take all purpose flour, rice flour, sugar, salt, cardamom, crushed cumin seeds and turmeric powder.
  • Mix it nicely by adding water.


  • Dip the plantain slices in the prepared batter and evenly coat them.
  • Now, heat the oil in a deep bottom pan on a medium flame. When it is hot, deep fry the coated plantain slices by turning both sides till golden brown and drain in paper towels.

Serve with a cup of chai or coffee. Enjoy!!


  • The batter should be in a medium thick consistency; care should be taken not to form lumps.
  • You can also use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.



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