Kerala is a land of bananas, we have many many varieties like there are varieties of potatoes in Uttar Pradesh. Ethakka, or the banana famous for the banana chips when ripe, make it extra ripe is sliced, dipped in a batter of maida/wheat with sugar and some tumeric (for colour) and shallow fried in coconut oil to make these banana fritters.
To a malayalee this traditional snack will always be ethakkaappam or pazhampori, a reminder of beautiful times after school, over summer vacations, family time… Memories just trickle in … ethakka – is the name of the banana used, pazham is how banana is referred to Malayalam, though pazham can also refer to any fruit as such. Calling it banana fry is still palpable, but calling it Banana fritters sounds very alien to me.
What’s in a name – a lot 😂