Saturday, December 26, 2015

Raw Banana Tawa Fries.

Harve Kele Podi / Raw Banana Tawa Fries / kacche kele ka fries .......

Podi is the konkani name for Tawa fried Vegetables. You can prepare podi from vegetables like raw banana, sweet potato, potato, ripe nendrabale banana, pumpkin, brinjal etc. I have already posted raw banana podi before ... but this one is different coz. I have rolled them in finely powdered oats powder. The result was really clean and crispy podies. Also oats are a healthier option. 

Peel off the skin of one large sized raw banana as close to the outer surface as possible. If a little bit remains its ok. Slice into ¼ inch thick round slices and wash in plenty of water. Drain off the excess water completely. Put the drained banana pieces in a bowl, add 1 tsp of red chilly powder, large pinch of hing, salt to taste, ½ tsp of tamarind water or vinegar, little bit of haldi powder (Optional), ¼ tsp of coriander powder and mix well. The powder should get mixed properly and coat the slices evenly. If you find the powder too dry, sprinkle a little bit of water. But see to it that you do not add more or the powder mixture will become runny.

In a flat plate add 2 – 3 tblsp of finely powdered oat's and spread evenly. Now roll the banana pieces each separately in the oat's powder and keep them aside ready. If you do not have oat's powder you can use rice powder (as I used earlier) or even fine rava. 

Heat a non stick tava, when hot add a tablespoon of oil and spread it evenly on the tava. Now place each banana slices on the tava and fry on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Now sprinkle or add a few drops on the top of the banana pieces and flip them over to cook on the other side too. Cook fo 2-3 minutes on medium flame. When crispy on both sides remove and keep them on an absorbent tissue to remove excess oil if any. Kele Podi / Banana Fries are ready to be served. Serve hot as a snack or as a side dish during lunch time. You can serve them with some green chutney or tomato ketchup if serving as snack.

** Note: You can also cut the banana horizontally into half, peel off the skin and then cut them lengthwise into three pieces and then proceed to make the podis.

The result is same while only the shape remains different.  Most of the time it is prepared in this way rather than in round circles specially when they are deep fried.

Also you can deep fry these podis. Just bring to smoking point plenty of oil in a kadai. Lower the heat and add the rolled / dusted raw banana pieces one by one into the oil and fry till evenly browned. Do not over fry, they tend to become brittle and loose the taste. So just keep it soft within and crispy outside. 

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