Plantain Chips | Ethakka Upperi

Plantain Chips | Ethakka Upperi

There is nothing like fresh homemade plantain chips! Once you make them at home you’ll never go back to store-bought chips, I promise you.

Plantain Chips | Ethakka Upperi

Delicious crispy plantain chips lightly seasoned with turmeric, green chilies, curry leaves and sea salt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • Slotted or skimmer spoon
  • Mandoline (optional)


  • 1 unripe plantain
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 2 green chilies slit in half
  • 5 Curry leaves
  • 2 cups Unrefined coconut oil for frying;


  • Gather all the ingredients. Mix the turmeric, salt, and water in a little bowl and set aside.
    Plantain chips
  • Cut off the ends of the plantain.
  • Make a cut lengthwise down the plantain, just enough to go through the peel. Then gently remove the peel. If you're going to peel more than one plantain then it might be a good idea to oil your hands lightly to prevent the sap from the plantain skin from sticking to your hand.
  • Don't throw away the peel, you can make thoran with it.
    Plantain peel
  • Unrefined coconut oil is absolutely essential if you are going for the authentic taste of Kerala chips. Heat 1 – 2 inches of oil in a pan to around 375°F (190°C). Drop one slice to see if the temperature is just right. If it bubbles and floats to the top you are ready to go.
  • Taking great care thinly slice the plantain with a mandoline (on the thinnest setting) directly into the hot oil. Alternatively, you can slice them using a knife or a mandoline on to a cutting board beforehand and add them to the oil when it's hot. Give it a gentle stir to prevent clumping.
  • Add the turmeric and salt water and stir gently to mix.
  • After a minute or two add the curry leaves and the green chilies. Cook for another minute.
  • Remove and drain on a kitchen towel.
  • Enjoy! In the unlikely event you have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
Keyword Chips, Plantain

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