December 19, 2018

Baked Vazhakkai Varuval | Baked Raw Plantain Crisps | Gluten Free + Vegan

Continuing with flourless bakes as a major Sub Theme this #Bakeathon, we have baked Vazhakkai Varuval (baked raw plantain crisps). Perfect for munching as is or as a side for sambhar Sadam / Bisi Bele bhath or any other flavoured rice. 

The original deep fried version along with karnai Fry (yam fry) are both husband’s favourites. In fact, left to him he would have raw plantains as a side dish in different forms every day.

Today’s crisp is easily doable and can be doubled / tripled / quadrupled and all you need is 20-22 mins of undisturbed time. (Based on quantity). 

The crisps can go from raw to under to burnt in a matter of seconds so keep a watch. Also the baking time mentioned on various recipes may not suit your oven (as it did with me), as these are flourless bakes and the time varies greatly.  So do bake a couple of batches and see what works for you. These could easily be your next IPL / super bowl favourite.

So presenting Baked Vazhakkai crisps - plant based , vegan, and GF plantain crisps. 

Other dishes with Raw Plantain on this blog:

Prep time - 5 Mins , Bake time - 18 to 22 mins ; 
Makes: Approx. 75-100 grams of crisps

Raw banana (medium) - 2
Oil - 1 tbsp (I used sesame oil, you can go with anything you have unless it’s too overpowering)
Salt - 1/2 tsp or to taste 
Paprika / chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Crushed black pepper - to taste 

How to:
Preheat oven to 180C.
Prepare baking trays with parchment / silpat / foil. Grease them with your finger tips lightly.
Peel the raw bananas and slice them
Into thin crisps directly into a bowl using a mandolin. 
Add oil, salt and spices. Gently toss the sliced bananas with the salt and spices to coat evenly. 
Arrange on the baking trays without overlapping each other . 
Bake for 18-22 mins (watching it after 70% of the time) or until they crisp up.
Adjust salt / seasonings and serve immediately or store in an airtight container and watch it disappear in a jiffy ! 

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  1. Those baked banana chips look so crispy and delicious. I am see myself eating bowl full of these :-)

  2. Love the idea of baking those banana chips... makes it all the more guilt free...

  3. I have tried making banana chips, though a fried version, couple of times. But failed every time as the chips never came out crisp. But this baked versions sounds good. Will try this method. May be it turns into a success.....

  4. I did something similar with potatoes, such a guilt free munchies na, i can have this baked varuvals without any fuss. Well done Kalyani and they looks ultimate.

  5. Guilt free chips and looks crispy.

  6. Valakkai chips is our fav snack. But I stay away because it is deep fried. This guilt free version of baked chips looks fabulous Kalyani.

  7. Valakkasi chips is one of my got it done so well in the oven..good one!

  8. Oven baked chips are my favorite, irrespective of the vegetable used. These raw plantain chips make great snack to munch on.

  9. These are one of my favorites. I usually bake them on the stove top. Your baked version look really good.

  10. Wow a baked version of plantain chips is so guilt free munching. looks good

  11. I am plantain obsessed and though I eat plantain chips often never before tried a baked version Will have to try this healthier way of preparing them

  12. Baked version plantain chip looks great Kalyani. A very good option to munch or as a side with the main meals.

  13. I can finish that whole bowl kalyani, perfect, guilt-free delicious treat!!!

  14. Vazhakkai chips looks so crispy. This is definitely a better option

  15. Baked plantain chips looks very tempting and crispy. My hubby’s favourite dish. Thanks for sharing.


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