Back in Kerala, well i should say for most of the people everywhere, its kind of a ritual to have tea or coffee ( read most of the time tea at our home ) accompanied by a snack around 4 - 5 pm in the evening. But until i got married i was totally forced to have milk mostly, but at times Amma used to make a Simple Hot Complan / Horlicks drink ; she used to add one or two scoops of any flavoured drink mix to a cup of hot water adding a spoon of sugar - stir well, your Simple Hot Drink is all ready. But apart from the drink i always looked forward for the special snack Amma prepared, she never used to ask for our opinion, and i loved the surprise behind it. It used to vary every day, may be Stir Fried Lentils or Poha or Chicken Cutlets or may be these - fried Plaintain Fritters / Vazhaykka Appam / Pazham Pori. Amma mostly does her job all on her own, she is so unimaginably fast with her kitchen works, i rarely get to help her with the cooking & my work mostly was restricted to cleaning and washing the dishes.
These Plaintain Fritters are made with Plaintains / Kerala Banana the same which is used for making Kerala Banana Chips. A Deep fried Snack and is totally awesome when made with really ripe bananas.
My little one really goes crazy over these, but i rarely make it. So do try these you will love it, and yea Amma adds Jeera, which adds in a special flavour to this.
Plaintain Fritters / Vazhaykka appam
1 Ripe Plaintain / Kerala Banana / Ethapazham
1 cup Maida / All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tbsp Sugar ( adjust if the banana is too ripe )
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Jeera ( opt, i added it )
a pinch of Baking Soda
Mix all the dry ingredients and add in enough water little by little and make a semi- thick batter without no lumps.
Heat oil in a Kadai and deep fry the plaintains and fry until done or golden in colour.
Serve hot .