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Plantain Fritters (Ethakka Appam)

Sweet plantain fritters are a favorite treat in many tropical countries around the world. They are a quintessential snack in the tropical state of Kerala in India too, which incidentally is called God’s own country because it’s so lusciously green and looks like a paradise on earth! Plantains are known as “ethakka” in Malayalam and “ethakka appam” (plantain fritters) or “pazham pori” is a favorite snack here.

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  • 2 Whole Plantains
  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • - - Pinch of Cardamom pd
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • - - Oil for Frying


  1. For this recipe, the riper the plantain, it tastes better. Select plantains with blackened skin.
  2. Slice each plantain vertically into 3 and then according to the size cut each slice into 3 or 4 pieces. One plantain should yield about 9 to 12 pieces.
  3. Add water to the flour, sugar, cardamom and make a batter.
  4. Heat some oil in a wok. When the oil becomes hot, dip the plantain pieces in the batter.
  5. Fry fritters until golden brown. Fry only a few pieces at a time.
  6. Transfer with a slotted spoon on paper towels.
  7. Serve these fritters either hot or at room temperature. For a yummy treat, serve warm fritters with some cold ice cream.