Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Raw Banana Fritters (Kele Phodi/ Kelyachey Kaap)

Nupur's Recipe Marathon - Day 5

The weather is getting colder and chiller with very strong wind chill in the air. I bought a couple of Banana's yesterday. Raw Plantain is a rich source of iron and packs in lot of vital nutrients as well. I thought of making Banana Fritters or Kele Phodi as call it in Konkani.

Chop some Bananas, retain some amount of skin, par boil if required and dredge in a marinade of choice. Pan fry on low flame with a sprinkle of water and once completely cooked, serve hot as a side dish. Phodis are very popular Konkani side dish. I am a big fan of these and in winter I find myself eating quite a lot of them. There are various other vegetables which we use for Phodis - Okra, Potato, Radish, Mushroom. The vegetable bites cook fast and taste delicious. I served them with carrot sticks for lunch. Warm fritters to beat the winter chill.

Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Yield: 1 Banana - 9-10 Fritters

Raw Banana Plantain - 1
Rice Flour - 4-5 tablespoon
Red Chilli powder - 1/3 teaspoon
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper - 1/3 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - just a pinch
Salt - As per taste
Oil - For frying

Chop the bananas into bite sized pieces. Retain some amount of skin on it and only peel the top layer. This ensures that we don't get rid of all of the vital nutritious layers of Banana. Par-boil in water for 10-15 minutes, this will make them soft and tender. Marinate in all the spices, dredge in Rice flour and pan-fry on both the sides. Serve hot as a side dish.


  1. Fritters for the cold weather. Absolutely agree. Comforts and warms.

  2. Bajji...Vazhaikai bajji..(yeah they need the "Bond" kind of intro)..

    Send me one to munch with tea!


  3. That's a very interesting way of cooking raw banana.. Would love to try some..

  4. I love raw bananas..yummy fritters!

  5. I can have plantains anytime of the day ... and this is so versatile! Love it, love it!


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