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Banana chips

Banana chips are deep-fried slices of raw banana added with salt and other spices such as turmeric and red chilit. The chips are crispy and they have a sweet and salty taste.

The chips are made by slicing green raw bananas and deep-frying them in oil. Oil used is mostly coconut oil though any oil can be used. Coconut oil gives it the unique south Indian flavor, where this snack belongs to.

Banana chips are a part of the south Indian cuisine. In Kerala (India) it is known locally as 'upperi' and is fried in coconut oil. Both ripe as well as raw bananas may be used. They often have a coating of masalas such as chili powder, turmeric or the sweet gur to form both spicy and sweet variants. It is an integral part of the traditional Kerala cuisine and is served during weddings and the festival of Onam .

Banana chips can be prepared at home very easily. Peel the green raw bananas and them cut them across to get thin circles. Now add chilly powder, turmeric and salt. Mix it well by adding some water. Next, steam these banana slices.. After after they get steam boiled, let them cool for some time. Heat the oil (usually coconut oil is used.) in a frying pan and add the slices. Deep-fry them till they get crispy. Soon they will take a yellow color. Remove excess oil with a paper towel. Chips are ready to serve.

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