Thursday, December 9, 2010

Banana Fritters (Kelya cha Bhaja)

My youngest one is big on fruits and veggies. If he has to choose between a chocolate and a fruit, he will pick the fruit any day. Lucky me I guess :) We definitely turn heads at the restaurant with dialogues like "Finish your dessert, if you want your broccoli and carrots"...lol.

Anyhoo, moving on, the other day, it was raining and every other member of the family wanted bhajiyas/pakodas at tea time and my little one wanted a banana. As I was peeling the banana for him, I remembered a snack my mom used to make for us... kelya cha Bhaja - Banana Fritters!! I had forgotten about them in all these years..... so decided to make them right away.......

Peel and slice 1 banana into 1/4th inch thick slices. Ideally it should not be too ripe. Then take 1/2 cup besan (gram flour) in a bowl, add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda (my mom used to add 'mohan' - ie heat abt 2 tsp oil in a pan till its really hot and add it to the flour - it acts like soda) and salt to taste. Add water and mix till the consistency is that of a thick pancake or dosa batter. It should not be too runny. Dip the banana pieces into the batter and coat them nicely and fry them in hot oil. Serve with ketchup if you like.

When you pop them in your mouth, the sweet banana mixes with the savory batter and gives out an amazing burst of flavor! 

Luckily my angel loved this snack, and now we found something that everyone can enjoy together every once in a while and the day was saved - luv u mom :)

This is my entry for: US Masala's - Veggie/Fruit of the Month Event: Banana started by Priya.

23 comments:

Smitha said...

i like both bhajjiyas made of raw bananas or ripe ones...I would say that sweet ones my fav. out of the two..yum yum!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious snack

aipi said...

I am glad I picked bananas for the event..your recipe showed me a brand new n fab way to treat bananas:)
Thanks a lot for sending this to my event.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

hey wow, never ate anything savory out of ripe banana before, sounds great.

Kurinji said...

gr8!

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Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Combining a fruit and a snack! Simply superb..

Priya said...

Thats an interesting snack..

R said...

smitha,torviewtoronto,aipi,priya YM, Kurinji,Gayathri: thanks! glad u all like the fritters!

Kitchen Boffin said...

Hi, this recipe is very new to me.... sounds very delicious... usually i make banana fritters added with sugar..

Shanthi said...

lovely and tempting

@SaNgI said...

very tempting fritters..nice presentation Rupa

Paaka Shaale said...

Great recipe rupali. I heard about raw banana fritters. But this is new to me. Will surely try this :)

Archana said...

Wow this is really great!

Authenticoriyafood said...

Lovely bhajiyas...

Dimah said...

Nice one..looks so yummy!!

Krishnaveni said...

wow, looks delicious

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yummy snack,never tried or tasted before,looks appealing!

R said...

Kitchen Boffin: yes , its a maharashtrian dish. adding sugar is a ncie touch too.
shanthi: thanks!
sangi: thanks for ur appreciation.
paala shaale: raw banana fritters r better known than these, do try them.
archana: thank you.
authenticoriyafood: me too :)
dimah: thanks!
krishnaveni: it does, doesn't it :) thnx!
raks kitchen: thnx, do try it.

Gulmohar said...

Lovely snack..perfect for the weather :-)

Satya said...

Thats a nice one

R said...

Gulmohar: it is, isn't it? thanks!
Satya: thank you!

Harika's Kitchen said...

Wow looks great and yummy......

R said...

harika's kitchen: thanks!!