Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Re: Banana chips - A traditional and healthy snack

they look so delicious and tasty

On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 6:35 AM, anoop nair <anoop.yuvaa@gmail.com> wrote:


It seems I've fallen in love with you. The more I am imagining you, the more is the craving to have you. Your crispy yellow colour and the smack round looks make you tempting. Your one time taste makes me irresistible to have you more. You are versatile in your flavour – sweet, salty, spicy or chocolaty. Your limited production only in South India has made you a unique mark of their cultural heritage. The healthy benefits of your consumption are like cherry on the cake. I'm wondering if my readers could figure out who you are. The Banana Chips…!

 

Just like the name suggests, banana chips are a processed form of bananas or plantains aka nendran; a formal nomenclature in terms of botany. They are an ethnic Kerala cuisine locally called 'Upperi'. These made-in Kerala chips are available all over the country now. Just like I talked about their versatility in taste, they have a variety in their manner of being served as well. If dried, devour it as a midday snack. If fried, complement your meal with them as a dessert.


The dried chips are made of dehydrated well ripped bananas having an intense fruity flavour. They are usually available in plain taste i.e. no artificial flavour add-ons. The fried ones are made of under-ripe sliced bananas deep-fried in coconut oil or sunflower oil. Once fried, their serving composition may be enhanced with sugar coating or salt sprinkling or whatever pleases one's taste buds.

 

If fried or dried to the right composure, banana chips do not look any lesser than gold coins. In fact, they have the golden healthy benefits of their consumption as well. Bananas in raw form are enriched with mostly all the vitamins and minerals but giving them a pioneering taste doesn't diminish their nutritional value much lesser. Rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron and naturally sugary makes them a wholesome snack. Higher nutritional value in vitamins and lower in fats makes the consumption of banana chips over potato chips a little lesser guilty eating habit. 

 

Just like we have skilled homely chefs in almost every North Indian family for some finger licking sweets like Gujiya for Holi or sesame laddus for winters, we have south Indian family chefs proficient in making banana chips. With our generations becoming busier in their lives and evolution of technology, banana chips making has become more of a small scale industrial activity. Still they are an integral part of traditional Kerala feasts like Sadya or Onam.

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Have you ever heard someone saying, "A Banana a day keeps your workout on way?" Well, gym instructors suggest the die-hard body building fans to keep the intake of eggs, milk or banana high as it provides them the sufficient nutrients and energy to stay fit. There must be people like me who aren't fruit lovers and thus are devoid of grabbing the required nutrients from a fruity diet. To compensate the loss, we have banana chips and thus to keep a balance between a healthy diet and a not-so-high calorific intake, dried bananas are a suitable compensation.

 

One-half cup, or 34 grams, of dried chips is equivalent to 1 cup of fresh fruit. The equivalents contains 4 percent of the daily recommended intake of potassium, 6 percent to 8 percent of magnesium, 3 percent of phosphorus and 4 percent to 6 percent of vitamin A. Potassium, magnesium and phosphorus function as electrolytes that help maintain fluid balance. Vitamin A promotes eye health and helps strengthen your immune system.


A lot has been talked about healthy dietary benefits of yellow south Indian chips but not everyone is a fitness freak and we all give ourselves some liberty in food to please our taste buds often. So why not to experiment a little different flavoured bananas? The fried ones! They have their own expression of taste; be it with honey syrup or chilli flakes. Imagine yourself ordering a serving of chocolate syrup banana chips in dessert than the regular ice-cream or milky items. Trust me you won't be disappointed if you are a foodie like me for whom food with spiced up flavour is always a delight.


I think it was more than enough to talk about the fascinations with Banana chips and if you have managed to read my article till the last byte and you like banana chips even a bit, you are definitely going to try them out and if you aren't fascinated at all with this fruit, you need a change to give bananas a try on how different can they taste apart from the routine fruity flavour.

 

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Jackfruit chips. All the way from Kerala


Jackfruit Chips – Have you heard of them?


As a North Indian, Jackfruit aka Katahal in Hindi/Bengali was known to me plainly as a veggie until yesterday when I was surfing on the internet for assorted salty chips and I found Jackfruit chips among the top listed ones for their succulent taste and salubrious benefits. I'm wondering how diverse the Indian cookery is! The evolution of Indian cuisines must have begun in the same era itself since when human beings started growing food on their own. Otherwise how come we have numerous recipes for every cuisine:-P


Are they worth a treat for tongue?


The alluring pictures of the Jackfruit chips over the web tempted me to try them out and I wasn't disappointed. The Jackfruit chips are made of the starchy and fibrous flesh of jackfruit and they taste like a fusion of apples, mangoes, pineapple and bananas. Can you imagine the mash-up taste on your tongue? I can and it feels juicy and soft in my mouth. The well ripped yellow bulbs when dried or fried to the right flavor would not taste any lesser than anything but a delightful naturally sugary snack. To add glory to their taste, they have a yummy aroma and leave a delicate sweet aromatic aftertaste.


Where do they belong to?


To my conscience, jackfruit was an underestimated food until I realized it is the national fruit of Bangladesh and is the largest tree borne fruit. Just like we human beings have a family to belong to, fruits have one too and Jackfruit belongs to the rich species of Mulberries and Breadfruit.  They have their native origin from South and Southeast Asia and thus their naming convention is also derived from Malayalam word 'Chakka'. And since we are going to talk about Chakka Upperi i.e. Jackfruit chips, we can't deny the fact they are another healthy offering from South India.


The making of Jackfruitchips from Jack


Be it raw or ripen, jackfruit chips are versatile in their preparation from both of them but with a variance in their flavor. The well-ripped JACK is baked to the right texture to make dry chips; the low caloric for fitness freaks. They taste subtly sweet, kind of lightly citrus-y and mixed fruity.

The under-ripe JACK is frizzled in coconut oil for making fried jackfruit chips; best served with tomato or chili sauce for foodies. Their preparation requires search hunt for well matured but half-ripe jackfruits, cleaning the flesh inside while preventing the latex from sticking to hands, removing the seeds from each bulgy flesh, slicing them to different shapes and deep frying while preventing them of sticking together. Huh, such a long process! Better order them online J


Health and the jackfruit chips


If chopping and eating this fruit seems a tedious process, chips are the best alternate especially when jackfruit has numerous health benefits to offer. Jackfruit chips are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium and zinc apart from being the energy house of carbohydrates and natural sugar thus a full package compensation of the extra calories consumed with frying.

I'm wondering if any considerable health rewards devouring these pulpy chips are being missed. They are the all-rounder. Jackfruits slow down the degeneration of bones, are excellent anti-cancer players being rich of Phytonutrients, reduce cardiovascular problems, a natural home remedy for Asthma patients, and prevent anemia and what not.

Each nutrient available in Jackfruit chips saves your body from one or the other malady. Enriched in Vitamin C, they are the antioxidants to boost up body's immune system.  The fibrous and dietary chips improve your digestion. Rich Potassium source pumps your heart muscles well and thus make you livelier. Oh yeah, how about Vitamin A; don't you want your eyes to keep tinkling for long without spectacles?


Are you pregnant? If yes, is there something for you in this article?


For pregnant women, jackfruit chips are a fruitful add-on to their diet. Jackfruit is crucial for fetal development and cell multiplication through mitosis. They are anti-ulcerative and anti-hypersensitive. They help one's body to control and regularize hormonal changes during pregnancy. Therefore, jackfruit chips are a savior for those lady lads who aren't fruit lovers and nutrient seekers.


So are you ready to shop?


A day ago, I didn't know if there was any fruit like jackfruit and today I'm enough aware of their delicious taste and vigor benefits. I'm sure this article must have imparted enough knowledge to my readers as well and I hope they utilize their 10 minute reading into practical action and what's that? Well, try them out from The South Indian Store J

 

 

 

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Banana chips - A traditional and healthy snack


It seems I've fallen in love with you. The more I am imagining you, the more is the craving to have you. Your crispy yellow colour and the smack round looks make you tempting. Your one time taste makes me irresistible to have you more. You are versatile in your flavour – sweet, salty, spicy or chocolaty. Your limited production only in South India has made you a unique mark of their cultural heritage. The healthy benefits of your consumption are like cherry on the cake. I'm wondering if my readers could figure out who you are. The Banana Chips…!

 

Just like the name suggests, banana chips are a processed form of bananas or plantains aka nendran; a formal nomenclature in terms of botany. They are an ethnic Kerala cuisine locally called 'Upperi'. These made-in Kerala chips are available all over the country now. Just like I talked about their versatility in taste, they have a variety in their manner of being served as well. If dried, devour it as a midday snack. If fried, complement your meal with them as a dessert.


The dried chips are made of dehydrated well ripped bananas having an intense fruity flavour. They are usually available in plain taste i.e. no artificial flavour add-ons. The fried ones are made of under-ripe sliced bananas deep-fried in coconut oil or sunflower oil. Once fried, their serving composition may be enhanced with sugar coating or salt sprinkling or whatever pleases one's taste buds.

 

If fried or dried to the right composure, banana chips do not look any lesser than gold coins. In fact, they have the golden healthy benefits of their consumption as well. Bananas in raw form are enriched with mostly all the vitamins and minerals but giving them a pioneering taste doesn't diminish their nutritional value much lesser. Rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron and naturally sugary makes them a wholesome snack. Higher nutritional value in vitamins and lower in fats makes the consumption of banana chips over potato chips a little lesser guilty eating habit. 

 

Just like we have skilled homely chefs in almost every North Indian family for some finger licking sweets like Gujiya for Holi or sesame laddus for winters, we have south Indian family chefs proficient in making banana chips. With our generations becoming busier in their lives and evolution of technology, banana chips making has become more of a small scale industrial activity. Still they are an integral part of traditional Kerala feasts like Sadya or Onam.

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Have you ever heard someone saying, "A Banana a day keeps your workout on way?" Well, gym instructors suggest the die-hard body building fans to keep the intake of eggs, milk or banana high as it provides them the sufficient nutrients and energy to stay fit. There must be people like me who aren't fruit lovers and thus are devoid of grabbing the required nutrients from a fruity diet. To compensate the loss, we have banana chips and thus to keep a balance between a healthy diet and a not-so-high calorific intake, dried bananas are a suitable compensation.

 

One-half cup, or 34 grams, of dried chips is equivalent to 1 cup of fresh fruit. The equivalents contains 4 percent of the daily recommended intake of potassium, 6 percent to 8 percent of magnesium, 3 percent of phosphorus and 4 percent to 6 percent of vitamin A. Potassium, magnesium and phosphorus function as electrolytes that help maintain fluid balance. Vitamin A promotes eye health and helps strengthen your immune system.


A lot has been talked about healthy dietary benefits of yellow south Indian chips but not everyone is a fitness freak and we all give ourselves some liberty in food to please our taste buds often. So why not to experiment a little different flavoured bananas? The fried ones! They have their own expression of taste; be it with honey syrup or chilli flakes. Imagine yourself ordering a serving of chocolate syrup banana chips in dessert than the regular ice-cream or milky items. Trust me you won't be disappointed if you are a foodie like me for whom food with spiced up flavour is always a delight.


I think it was more than enough to talk about the fascinations with Banana chips and if you have managed to read my article till the last byte and you like banana chips even a bit, you are definitely going to try them out and if you aren't fascinated at all with this fruit, you need a change to give bananas a try on how different can they taste apart from the routine fruity flavour.

 

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