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Fried Raw Banana Vegan Chips served in a basket with some fallen next to it
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Fried Raw Banana Vegan Chips

A delicious fried plantain/raw banana chips recipe is a popular vegan snack in South India. These popular vegan chips are made with just a few ingredients!
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 169.26kcal

Equipment

  • Vegetable slicer
  • Kadai

Ingredients

Instructions

  • The first step is to peel the plantains or raw banana. Grease your hand with oil if it turns sticky. Cut both the ends and then remove the green skin completely. Immediately soak the whole banana in plain water to prevent it from blackening and to keep it fresh.
  • When you are ready to slice, wipe each banana dry. They should be completely dry before you slice them. Then slice them to medium thickness.
  • Place these slices on a kitchen towel to absorb the excess water. Spread them out.
  • DO NOT put these slices back in the water.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai. Here is how to check if the oil is hot. Add one or two raw banana slices in the oil. If they come up steadily on top, then the oil is ready.
  • Carefully slide the slices in medium hot oil and deep fry. Do not crowd them. Do not fry on low flame as then the banana chips will absorb too much oil.
  • Prepare a mixture of salt and water. Gradually pour a teaspoon of salt water in the oil as they fry. Once the color changes to brown and they turn crisp, take them out. Repeat this step every time you fry the banana slices. This is the best way to add salt to these homemade banana chips.
  • Once you have fried the whole batch of these vegan chips, add black pepper and mix lightly. Then wait for them to cool down at room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container. Store it at room temperature.

Notes

When picking the right type of plantains for this recipe, remember to pick the unripe green variety that's hard to touch. Oil your hands before working with plantains. Soaking the peeled banana in plain water prevents it from blackening and keeps it fresh.
You can use a vegetable slicer to get even slices and to speed up the process. Adding saltwater in oil is the best way to add salt to these homemade banana chips.
The color of the chips completely depends on the quality of the raw banana your using. Along with black pepper, you can also add paprika for more flavor or even enjoy them plain. These fried plantain chips stay good for weeks if stored properly at room temperature. 
An alternative for frying - Baking
Please note that I have not tried this baking method yet. Smear lemon juice over the banana slices. Bake them in the over at 225 degrees F for an hour. Then let the banana chips cool until crispy, at least 5 minutes before you transfer to an airtight container. 
Alternatively, you can also fry them in an Air Fryer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 169.26kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.67g | Protein: 0.88g | Fat: 11.15g | Saturated Fat: 8.98g | Sodium: 1167.3mg | Potassium: 311.03mg | Fiber: 1.63g | Sugar: 8.96g | Vitamin A: 672.44IU | Vitamin C: 10.98mg | Calcium: 6.22mg | Iron: 0.46mg