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Ethakka Appam / Banana Fritters / Plantain Fritters Pazham Pori

Ethakka Appam / Banana Fritters / Plantain Fritters Pazham Pori

Ethakka Appam Recipe / Banana Fritters / Plantain Fritters / Pazham Pori Recipe / How to Make Ethakka Appam.

Ethakka means Banana and appam here means fritters in our language Malayalam.

What to write about this ever ever loving appetizer Ethakka Appam / Banana Fritters or what we call in some parts of Kerala as Pazham pori? It’s a tea time snack which encourages us to gossip more and more in the evenings!  I am very sure that all of you have many words to share about this favourite snack of mine since childhood.

It is a snack which most Kerala houses indulge in the evenings, a snack  we can see in almost all chayakkadas or restaurants; an evening snack in school and university hostels; a sound we hear at railway stations  the moment train halts, like ‘Pazhampori / Ethakka appam (which makes us think that it has got some extra sweetness and better taste  than what we usually have from other places)!! What else? I think, it is a favourite banana snack all over the world..

This is the first time I am making this traditional all time snack of Malayalees by myself and truly it came out well.. It is made with ripe plantains coated with flour and deep fried in oil.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves – 2 
Author - Seena

Ingredients for Making Ethakka Appam:

Ripe Banana – 1 medium sized
Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 cup
Rice Powder – 1 tbsp.
Sugar – 2 tbsp.
Cumin seeds – a pinch
Cardamom Powder – a pinch
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp.
Water – ½ to ¾ cup
Salt – to taste
Coconut Oil – to deep fry

How to make Pazham Pori:

Cut each plantain in to two or three pieces as per the length of the plantain and slice it in to three pieces vertically.

In a bowl take All-purpose flour, Rice powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix it well. Add sugar, cumin seeds, cardamom powder and mix it again. Add water in to this and mix well to make a batter without lumps.

Heat oil in a wok. Dip one plantain piece in the batter mix and put in to the oil and deep fry it. Repeat the process for two or three pieces. Fry it until golden brown. Transfer it from the oil with a slotted spoon on paper towels.

Your Ethakka appam is ready to be served now.

Mt Recipe Notes on Ethakka Appam / Pazham Pori:

> The bananas should be ripe and sweet one. The riper the plantain, better the taste.
> You will get 6 to 8 pieces from one plantain.
> You can adjust the sugar quantity depending upon the sweetness of plantains.
> Serve these fritters either hot or at room temperature.
> Adding turmeric powder gives a bit yellow and golden colour to the fritters.

Serve Ethakka Appam / Banana Fritters to your loved ones.. 

You can have a look at my Ghee Roasted Banana / Ethapazham Varattiyathu Recipe too

Happy Cooking



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  • Janais (2017-01-04 06:15:05)
    Oh wow, this ethakka appam looks absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing this!
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-22 20:42:41)
    Thanks a lot Janais.. :)
  • K. Vijay Kumar (2016-07-22 15:14:36)
    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds good to cook. Love this stuff. Surely will try this out.
    Seena Koshy (2016-07-22 15:46:13)
    Thanks a lot Mr. Vijay.. Hope you will comeback here with your opinion on this after the trial.. :)
  • Saeed (2015-05-25 06:58:56)
    i usually add bknaig powder just 1 hour or 30 minutes before making appam, i.e after fermenting.If you get the batter well fermented, with so many bubbles formed after fermenting you can just avoid the addition of bknaig powder.
    Seena Koshy (2015-06-12 04:41:25)
    I have not yet tried adding baking powder in this batter.. Pls. let me know the outcome.. :)
  • Sindhiya (2015-03-04 21:32:39)
    Banana fritters looks perfect with lovely golden brown colour!!!
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-08 02:51:38)
    Thank you for the lovely comment..
  • beena (2015-03-01 13:15:14)
    My favorite with a cup of tea
    Seena Koshy (2015-03-08 02:51:58)
    mine too Beena..

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