Sarkara Varatti or Sarkara Upperi

 

Sarkara Varatti or Sarkara Upperi

Sarkara Varatti or Banana chips coated with jaggery is a traditional sweet dish popular among the Keralites.

Sarkara Varatti is also known by the name ‘Sarkara Upperi’. It’s extensively prepared during Onam festival season and used as a side dish in sadyas. Chopped banana pieces and jaggery are the essential ingredients in making this delicious recipe. Usually, good quality raw bananas are used for making Sarkara Upperi. The use of jaggery imparts a sweet taste and a dark brown colour. The inclusion of dried ginger and cardamom provides a traditional taste and a light spicy flavour. Also, the use of coconut oil enhances the taste. Have a look at the ingredients required and the method of preparation of Sarkara Varatti or Banana chips coated with jaggery.

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Ingredients required for making Sarkara Varatti or Sarkara Upperi
  • 1 cup of thickly chopped raw banana
  • 1/3 cup of jaggery
  • A pinch of jeera powder
  • 2 tablespoon of rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • Coconut oil as per the requirement
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Method of preparation of Sarkara Varatti or Sarkara Upperi
  • Heat some water in a pan and add the jaggery. Crush it well and heat it to form a dark brown coloured jaggery solution.
  • Once the whole of jaggery melts in the water, heat it to form a slightly thick solution and turn off the heat. Wait for it to cool down.
  • When it cools down, drain the solution through a fine sieve and keep it aside.
  • Heat the rice flour in another pan. Roast it for few minutes and take it out from the pan and keep it aside.
  • Peel off the raw bananas and chop them into thick bite-sized pieces.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a deep frying pan and add the banana pieces.
  • Once it is deep fried and gets to a light yellow colour, take it out from the oil and drain it using tissue paper. Keep it aside.
  • Continue the process until the whole of chopped banana pieces are fried to a crispy texture.
  • Heat the jaggery solution in a pan. Once the solution bubbles up and attains a thick consistency like honey, add the ginger powder, jeera powder and cardamom powder.
  • Continue the heating until the jaggery syrup gets absorbed by the banana fries.
  • Once the jaggery syrup is absorbed, switch off the flame and add the roasted rice flour.
  • Keep mixing the contents of the pan until the whole of rice flour coats with the chips.
  • Once it cools down, store it in an airtight container and serve it as a snack or as a side dish for sadhya.