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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Upperi | Kerala Plantain Chips & Happy Vishu !!

Happy Vishu to all my dear Keralites :)
Hope you all are having a great Vishu with your family and loved ones.Vishu is a festival celebrated in Kerala,marking the new year as per malayalam Calendar.Vishu conveys the message of auspiciusness and prosperity.Vishu also has "Vishukanni" which means the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up.The Vishukkani consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli in the puja room of the house. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This is arranged the night before Vishu.On Vishu,the custom  is to wake up dawn and go to the puja room with eyes closedso that vishukanni is the first sight in the new year.

Coming back to today's recipe it is the Kerala Plantain Chips(Upperi),a very famous snack worldwide and enjoyed by all.Vishu has a feast along with the celebrations and upperi is part of the sadya menu.This time I tried making these at home as my kids are a big fan of these and I love it too.This is a very simple recipe to prepare and you can munch these not only for sadyas,it goes well with tea too.Try & enjoy !!!!

raw plantain 2
turmeric powder
salt 1/2 tsp
oil for deep frying(preferably coconut oil)

  • Wash the plantains and cut open the skin using a knife(apply oil in your palms to prevent staining).Soak it in a bowl with water and turmeric powder,then pat dry.Cut out thin round slices and dip in water.Drain the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Spread the cut out rounds on another paper towel to absorb the excess water.Leave for 10 minutes.

  • Dissolve the salt in about 3 tbsp of water.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok/kadai till 2 inches deep and fry the cut out plantain rounds in batches on medium heat.Fry them till you start hearing a ringing sound when they rub on each other about 3/4th done.
  • Add half tsp of salted water in oil.You may hear a bubbling sound,but don't panic it will subside in another minute or so.Then leave for a minute or so and using a slotted spoon,drain on a paper towel.Total time to fry each batch may be around 5-7 minutes.repeat the same step for each batch.
  • Enjoy once cooled or store in air tight containers.

Servings~ a small bowl 

* You can use kanji water (cooked rice water)  to soak the plantains too.
* Don't over crowd the wok while frying.Fry in batches.
* The slices should be evenly cut so that there is uniform cooking throughout.
* To get the authentic taste of the chips,it should be fried in coconut oil.
* Don't heat the oil on very high heat otherwise the inside of the chips may not be cooked.

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Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...It's assured that Vishu is here..Superb presentation of these crispy upperi..Loved it and happy Vishu to you and family dear.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

happy vishu to you and your family!!!! my fav upperi...lovely snack...

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade chips taste really awesome...perfectly made..
Happy Vishu Julie

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and family. upperi adipoli

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and your family Julie...perfect tea time snack upperi..looks delicious and crispy.

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and your family julie. Perfect tea time snack. Upperi looks delicious and crispy.

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Upperi adipoli, happy vishu to you and family.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks really crunchy and delicious! Happy Vishu to you and your family, even though I'm a Bengali! :)

Sweet'n'Savoury said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu and your chips have just reminded me of the good old college days where we would love to devour these.

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

Upperi is my fav Julie. I could literally eat tons of it ;)

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy vishu to you too. Love the chips as well as your bangle.

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Yumm Yumm. Happy Vishu wishes to you and family Julie!!

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu wishes to u and ur family, those crispy chips makes me to munch anytime.

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Vishu aashamsakal to u too Julie :) Awesome clicks of upperi !!

Medley of Many Things said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and your family, Julie!
Chips look absolutely crispy and warm. Love it.

FewMinute Wonders said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome clicks Julie. Love the chips,used to buy a lot from cube.Happy Vishu to you too.

cookingwithsapana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I always wanted to make them but never tried. Now with your steps I can go for it. Thanks

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

looks good..this chips are very addictive

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

wow julie... such lovely clicks.. especially the first one... the saree, and the gold... thani keraleeyam... the chips looks yummm...

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy chips and great clciks. Happy VIshu to you and family too, Julie.

Nilu A said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... Healthy and delicious chips Julie :-)

Nupur said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you too dear !! I have never had these chips, but heard of them a lot. Hopefully will try very soon as now I have the perfect recipe :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and your family.

Love the clicks and upperi looks crunchy.

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy chips. Happy Vishu to u

Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu! These are my most favorite and look so good :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

My fav one, love to have this anytime,nicely presented

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW ...They looks crispy..
I love to have them with my cup of tea :)
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

happy vishu julie

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious and tempting..

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful pictures, Julie.