EASY RAW BANANA FRIES
Banana fries are mildly spiced and lightly crisp side dishes made from unripe bananas or plantains, spices, and herbs. They make for an excellent side dish with South Indian meals.
How to make finger-licking Raw Banana Fry
- Slice the bananas into thin discs and add them to a bowl containing water and a pinch of salt (about ¼ teaspoon salt) so that they don’t darken. Add them immediately to the bowl of water.
- Before you start frying the spices, drain all the water from the raw bananas and set them aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a shallow frying pan. You can use any neutral-flavored oil.
- Maintain heat at low or medium and add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds. Sauté till the mustard seeds start crackling on low heat.
- Add 6 to 7 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
- Stir to mix.
- Now, slowly add the sliced bananas. Due to the moisture already present in them, the banana disks may splutter.
- Mix the bananas with the rest of the tempered ingredients.
- Add the following spice powders:
- ½ teaspoon Alcoeats Red Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Alcoeats Coriander Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Alcoeats Turmeric Powder.
- Stir and mix the spice powders thoroughly with the banana slices.
- Spread your raw banana slices evenly on a pan, so that each slice gets cooked evenly. Keep the heat to low/medium-low. Keep the pan open and sauté the bananas on low to medium-low heat.
- Keep stirring at regular intervals for even cooking. Remember to flip the slices and cook the sides that look uncooked, not roasted or crisp.
- Continue cooking till the banana slices become crisp at their edges. When the banana slices get cooked, sprinkle salt as needed. Stir again and mix well.
- Add chopped coriander leaves and mix. For a slight tang you can sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice at this step.
- That’s it! Your raw banana fries are ready!
- Serve your spiced banana fries hot as a side dish with any typical South Indian meal you prefer. You can also have them plain or with chapatis or parathas.
Frequently Asked Questions
The rich fiber content in raw bananas is helpful in keeping many gastrointestinal problems at bay. These include issues like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Having steamed or cooked raw bananas every day can be of great help. Generally, it’s better to avoid fried raw bananas as it merely contributes to increased calorie intake.
Raw bananas are rich in potassium, which controls blood pressure levels. It also prevents many cardiac conditions, such as atherosclerosis and heart attack, and improves heart health. Also, green bananas have a low glycemic index and slowly release the insulin hormone after consumption.
Yes, bananas can be fried, and they are quite addictive if done right. Fried bananas can be served as a side dish or eaten as is.
Being the most widely consumed fruit in the United States, bananas are an important source of potassium in the usual American diet. As most traditional preparation methods don't affect the minerals in bananas, fried/cooked bananas are generally as potassium-rich as raw fruit.
Yes, you can. Melt some butter in a small pan over medium-high heat. Place your banana slices in the pan in a single layer. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, till they form a golden crust (adjust the heat if they turn brown too fast).
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