Beer-infused pazhampori? Kerala's beloved banana fritters get viral upgrade

Pazhampori. Photo: Shutterstock/SAM THOMAS A

This beer-battered pazhampori has taken social media by storm, becoming the latest viral sensation. There's nothing more delightful than savouring a crispy plantain fritter alongside a steaming cup of black tea on a rainy day. For Keralites, the nostalgic connection to the classic pazhampori made with ripe plantains is deep-rooted. Yet, breaking into the culinary scene as the latest viral sensation on social media is the beer-battered pazhampori.

This intriguing trend involves preparing a unique batter infused with beer, providing an innovative twist to the traditional favourite. The ripe plantains are generously coated in this batter and then expertly deep-fried to perfection in hot oil. Beer and other carbonated drinks are often used while making batter for fried dishes to enhance their crispiness and flavour. The carbonation in beer helps create a light and airy texture in the batter. The bubbles in the beer expand when heated, resulting in a crispy and fluffy coating on the fried food.

Discover the surprisingly simple recipe for this crispy delight that's making waves online.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 can beer
1 pinch turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Coconut oil, to deep fry
1 tbsp cinnamon-sugar mix
3 ripe bananas

Pour beer into a bowl.
Add all-purpose flour, turmeric powder, and salt to the beer.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly until a well-balanced batter is formed (aim for a moderately thick consistency)
Cut the plantains in half
Dip the plantains into the all-purpose flour
Heat coconut oil in a pan
Dip the floured plantains into the beer batter
Fry them in hot oil until they achieve a golden colour
Remove them from the oil
Dust the plantain fritters with a cinnamon-sugar powder
Serve hot, pairing them with tea or coffee for a delightful experience

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