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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sarkara Varatti| Sweet Upperi| Banana chips with Jaggery| Onam Sadya Special

I am rushing to post Onam recipes. I have clicked so many recipes last weekend, but I am not getting time to post it :( I try to get ready with my posts after coming from office, but Happy needs full attention if I touch my laptop. So started to wake up as early as possible to edit images and compose the post. Today's post is about the preparation of Sarkara Varatti. Sarkarai Varatti is prepared by chopping banana into thick pieces, deep fried it and then mixed with melted jaggery. Off to the recipe:

Raw Banana(Unripe) - 3 (Ethanga/Nenthiram variety) 
Jaggery - 1/2 Cup 
Salt - a pinch 
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp 
Dry ginger(Chukku) Powder - 1/4 tsp 
Oil - To deep fry 
Turmeric powder,salt - To soak the raw banana 
Sugar and Rice powder - 1 tsp each(Sprinkled towards the end) 
1. Dissolve little turmeric power and salt in enough water. Peel the skin of the banana. Soak the raw banana in this and allow it to rest for 20 mins. (This prevents the banana from changing its colour and avoids the stickiness) 

2. Pat it dry and then slice the banana to half by running a knife though the centre. Then chop the halved banana into small pieces. Heat oil in a kadai. Once it is hot, simmer the flame and drop the chopped banana pieces into it. Fry it until crisp and golden brown(It may take approximately 20 mins). Remove it from oil and drain it in tissue paper. Allow it to cool completely.

3. In a seperate pan, add the jaggery and a cup of water. Bring it to boil. Once it reaches one string consistency(Read this for one string consistency), add the fried banana pieces into it and give a quick stir. 
4. Now sprinkle the cardamom powder, cumin powder and dry ginger powder. Mix well until it thickens and coats well with the banana pieces. Sprinkle raw rice powder and sugar towards the end to prevent the upperi from sticking to one another. 

Allow it to cool completely and store it in air tight container. Serve and enjoy.
Points to remember:
  • Before boiling the jaggery syrup, strain it to remove impurities. 
  • Don't keep the sliced banana for a longer time before frying, it will give darker color to the upperi.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. My favorite :)....yummy !!..so ur hubby's name is "Happy" ?

  2. This is absolutely super tempting recipe....... Looks yumm!!

  3. looks like a nice little snack to eat

  4. super tempting sharkara upperi.. kalakki..


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