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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Raw Banana Papad (Balekayi Happala) | ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ ಹಪ್ಪಳ

Raw Banana wafers, an accomplishment for Rice Meals!

Ingredients (ಬೇಕಾಗುವ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು):
20 medium sized (or 5-6 Kgs) Raw Banana |  ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಗಾತ್ರದ ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ
2 - 2.5 cups Buttermilk  |  ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ
4-5 Green Chillies (Optional)  |  ಹಸಿಮೆಣಸು (ಬೇಕಿದ್ದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ)
Salt to taste  |  ರುಚಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಷ್ಟು ಉಪ್ಪು
3 - 4 tsp Coconut Oil  | ತೆಂಗಿನ ಎಣ್ಣೆ 

Recipe (ಮಾಡುವ ವಿಧಾನ):
Remove the banana as shown in the picture below.

Add this to a vessel, add enough water(Around 2-3 litre) and cook them well by covering a lid.

Remove the outer skin of raw bananas when it is hot as shown in the picture below.

Mash the cooked hot bananas using any hard material like stone as shown in the picture below.

Put this in a mixer/grinder, add salt, little buttermilk and grind it to smooth paste. (If you can't grind it, add little water while grinding and then the papad presser can't be used, instead it should be spread by hand. Pictures of both the methods are shown here.)

 Apply little oil on your hands and make lemon sized balls from the prepared dough as shown in the picture below.

Apply little oil over the two small plastic sheets, place the prepared ball in between the plastic sheets and press them using wooden press or metal press as shown in the picture below.

Remove one plastic sheet, place the papad upside down over another big plastic sheet and remove the other small plastic sheet as shown in the picture below.

If the batter is thin, you can put little batter to the sheet and spread it using flat spoon or hand as shown in the picture below.

Sun dry the Happalas for about 5-6 days. Store them in an airtight container.

It can be served by either microwaving or frying it in oil. Serve as it is or along with Rice and Rasam or with other curries. The above mentioned ingredients will serve around 60+ Happalas.

Blog Links:

Video Links:
Banana (Balekayi) Chips:
Sharkara Varatti (Sakkare Berati):
Balekayi Sippe Rasam:

Tips (ಸಲಹೆ): 
 * Mash & grind the Bananas when they are hot. If you keep open for longer time, it becomes harder and difficult to grind.
 * To get the right texture and crunchiness, batter consistency should be slightly thinner. If it becomes difficult to press the batter then batter can be spread across using hand or big spoon.
 * Adding little amount of Buttermilk while grinding enhances the taste & helps retain it's color.
 * Any variety of raw banana can be used for this preparation. However, Hounda variety is easier to prepare Papads.
 * ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ ಬಿಸಿ ಇರುವಾಗಲೇ, ಸಿಪ್ಪೆ ತೆಗೆದು, ಜಜ್ಜಿ, ಅರೆಯಿರಿ. ತಣ್ಣಗಾದ ಮೇಲೆ, ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ ಗಟ್ಟಿಯಾಗಿ ರುಬ್ಬಲು ಕಷ್ಟವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
 * ಹಪ್ಪಳ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮೃದುವಾಗಲು, ಹಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ನೀರು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು, ಆದರೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಹಪ್ಪಳದ ಮಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒತ್ತಲು ಕಷ್ಟ. ನೀರಾದ ಹಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಬಳಸುವುದಾದರೆ,ಅದನ್ನು ಕೈ ಅಥವಾ ಸೌಟಿನ ಸಹಾಯದಿಂದ ಪಸರಿಸಬಹುದು. 
 * ಹಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ರುಬ್ಬುವಾಗ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹಾಕುವುದರಿಂದ ಹಪ್ಪಳದ ರುಚಿಯು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಹಾಗು ಹಪ್ಪಳ ಕಪ್ಪಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
 * ಹಪ್ಪಳಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಜಾತಿಯ ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿಯನ್ನು ಬಳಸಬಹುದು. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ(ಅಮುಂಡ(ಮಂಗ) ಜಾತಿಯ ಬಾಳೆಕಾಯಿ) ಮಾಡಲು ಸುಲಭ.