How to Make Raw Banana Chips (Banana Wafers)

Updated on February 14, 2019
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Banana Chips (Banana Wafers)

Banana Chips are Anytime Snacks!

Homemade banana chips are healthy, delicious, and they make a great teatime snack. I especially enjoy making these crispy chips during the winter and on rainy days. They're the perfect cold-day pick-me-up.

Banana chips can be made very quickly. You have to peel the bananas, slice them up, and then deep-fry the slices in oil until they become crispy. You can spice them up by sprinkling some salt and pepper on them. Store them in an airtight container, and they will be good for up to 15-20 days.

Now, let me share the recipe with you.

What Kind of Banana?

I made these chips with local raw bananas. However, the best chips are made from Kerala Nendran bananas (see photo below). If you find that type of banana in the market, grab some to make these mouth-watering wafers. The procedure for making the chips is the same.

Nendran Banana Chips

These chips were made with Nendran bananas from Kerala. They are known to make the best kind of banana chips, but other types of banana can work well, too.
These chips were made with Nendran bananas from Kerala. They are known to make the best kind of banana chips, but other types of banana can work well, too.
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: a bowl of banana chips

Ingredients

  • 2 raw bananas
  • 3/4 tsp salt, mixed in 5 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. Wash raw bananas. Make 3-4 vertical incisions in the skin. Don't make them too deep; otherwise, you will damage the flesh.
  2. Start opening the skin at one end and remove, just like you peel ripe bananas.
  3. Immerse the fruit in water. This will prevent it from becoming dark.
  4. Mix salt and turmeric powder with four tablespoons of water. Keep ready.
  5. Heat oil for deep-frying. Slice the banana with a slicer or with a knife. The slices should be neither thick nor thin.
  6. Drop a few slices into the hot oil. Don't overcrowd them. Fry over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn them occasionally. Subsequently, reduce the flame.
  7. When they are almost crispy (about three-fourths done), add a tablespoon of salt-turmeric water in the hot oil. You will get a spluttering sound. (Not to worry! This sound will reduce in a minute.)
  8. Fry the slices, turning occasionally over a low fire until they turn golden brown and very crispy.
  9. Remove the chips to an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the chips. These chips will be salty.
  10. Sprinkle pepper powder or red chili powder on them to make them spicy. When they are completely cold, you can store them in an airtight container.
  11. Enjoy eating them whenever you desire!

Photo Tutorial

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Step one: Wash bananas Step two: Cut the ends. Make 3-4 incisions vertically on the skin. Remove the skin starting from one end. Peel the entire skin. Step three: Immerse the fruit in water. This will prevent it from becoming dark.Step four: The slices should be neither too thick nor too thin.Step five: Mix salt and turmeric powder in water. Set aside.Step six: Deep-fry the slices in oil, turning occasionally. Fry them in small batches. When they are almost crispy, add a teaspoon of salt-turmeric water. You will hear a sizzling sound. It will subside in a minute.Step seven: Fry them until crispy. Remove them to an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the chips. Sprinkle chili powder or pepper powder to make them spicy. I made salty wafers.When they are completely cold, store them in an airtight container.
Step one: Wash bananas
Step one: Wash bananas
Step two: Cut the ends. Make 3-4 incisions vertically on the skin. Remove the skin starting from one end. Peel the entire skin.
Step two: Cut the ends. Make 3-4 incisions vertically on the skin. Remove the skin starting from one end. Peel the entire skin.
Step three: Immerse the fruit in water. This will prevent it from becoming dark.
Step three: Immerse the fruit in water. This will prevent it from becoming dark.
Step four: The slices should be neither too thick nor too thin.
Step four: The slices should be neither too thick nor too thin.
Step five: Mix salt and turmeric powder in water. Set aside.
Step five: Mix salt and turmeric powder in water. Set aside.
Step six: Deep-fry the slices in oil, turning occasionally. Fry them in small batches. When they are almost crispy, add a teaspoon of salt-turmeric water. You will hear a sizzling sound. It will subside in a minute.
Step six: Deep-fry the slices in oil, turning occasionally. Fry them in small batches. When they are almost crispy, add a teaspoon of salt-turmeric water. You will hear a sizzling sound. It will subside in a minute.
Step seven: Fry them until crispy. Remove them to an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the chips. Sprinkle chili powder or pepper powder to make them spicy. I made salty wafers.
Step seven: Fry them until crispy. Remove them to an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the chips. Sprinkle chili powder or pepper powder to make them spicy. I made salty wafers.
When they are completely cold, store them in an airtight container.
When they are completely cold, store them in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 436
Calories from Fat180
% Daily Value *
Fat 20 g31%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 6 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Comments

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    23 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for your inspiring comments.

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    peachy 

    23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

    great hub, I had bought banana chips but never knew that it is so easy to make, thanks very much

  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    23 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for reading my hub. These banana chips you can make in less time. But, you have to deep fry them till they become fully crispy. Keep the heat low towards the end of frying.

    You can feel the crispness while frying. When they touch the slotted spoon, they make some crunchy sound. You can store these chips crispy for many days.

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    Mary Wickison 

    23 months ago from Brazil

    I think this is what I need to do because I dried air drying for banana chips and they didn't turn out.

    I like this idea. We have several banana plants and I am always looking for creative ways to use them so thanks for this.

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