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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sakkare Berati / Sharkara Upperi

5 Nendra Bananas / Nendra Balekayi
1.25 cups Jaggery
1/4 - 1/2  tsp Black Pepper Powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1 - 1.5 tsp Ginger powder
4 -5 Cardmoms / Elakki
1/2 cup powdered Sugar
Salt to taste


Remove the outer skin of bananas and put it in water for about 3-4 mins. Remove the raw bananas from water and keep them aside for about 4-5 mins.

Chop them into 1/4 inch thick medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp water in a bowl, mix it well and keep it aside.
Keep oil in a thick bottomed vessel and heat. Put the sliced bananas into hot oil and fry. Once it is almost fried, sprinkle around 1.5 tsp salt water and fry until it turns golden in colour.

Place this in a tissue paper to absorb the oil content.

Put jaggery in a thick bottomed vessel, add little amount of water(less than 1/4 cup) and bring it to boil in low flame. Keep stirring the syrup in low flame until it forms a single thread consistency and forms a froth like texture as shown in the picture below. (Carefully dip the tip of your index finger into the syrup, touch your index finger and thumb together and slowly tease apart. If one thread is formed between your finger and thumb the syrup is done.)

Add the ginger powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder and mix them well. Add fried banana pieces, cardamom powder and mix them well and switch off the flame.

After a minute, sprinkle the powdered sugar and mix them well and transfer this to another plate.

Once it is cooled, separate them and store it in an airtight container. This can be used for Naivedyam.