Sarkara Varatti / Sharkara Upperi / Jaggery Coated Banana Chips

               Sarkara Varatti / Sharkara Varatti / Jaggery Coated Banana Chips is one of the main item served in Kerala Sadya… I followed this video  to prepare this Sarkara Varatti…

3 big raw plantain / pacha kaaya
200 gm jaggery
1 tbsp dry ginger powder / chukkupodi
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
4-5 tbsp sugar, powdered
oil for frying


  1. Peel off the plantain skin , cut each into lengthwise and then cut it into 1/4″ pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the plantain pieces and fry it on medium flame until it is crispy. Drain it in a paper towel and let them cool completely.
  3. In a pan, add the jaggery and melt it adding 1/2 cup of water and then strain the melted jaggery to remove any impurities.
  4. In a thick bottomed pan or uruli, add the strained jaggery and stir continuously on medium flame till it reaches a thick consistency.
  5. Then reduce the flame and add fried plantain pieces, cumin powder, cardamom powder and 2 tbsp powdered sugar, mix well and stir continuously till all plantain slices are coated with the jaggery.
  6. Switch off the flame and add dry ginger powder and mix well. Add 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar and stir well , this will prevent the slices from sticking to each other.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then transfer to an air tight container…


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