Jaggery Coated Plantain Chips – Sharkara Varatti

Jaggery coated plantain chips- sharkara varatti, is one of the most important dish in Sadya. They are also served with breakfast in some places during Onam. These delicious sweet crackers are so addictive yet easy to make at home.
Jaggery coated plantain chips – Sarkara varatti

As I mentioned in the last post, Onam is the season of plantain chips or crackers. Every bakery or shops in Kerala will be filled with plantain chips,yellow salty Fried Plantain Chips (upperi / kaya varuthath) and brown color jaggery coated plantain chips. If you ask me, my personal favorite is jaggery coated plantain chips – the famous sharkara varatti. Although the fried plantain chips are available year-round in almost every shops, the jaggery coated chips are rare. I have always noticed that many shops sell it only during Onam festival. Like the plantain chips, the jaggery coated chips is also a vital part of Sadya and in some places for breakfast also.




I never thought it to be this much easy to make at home. Both the upperi  and sharkaravartti are similar in preparation. The only thing is sharkara varatti/ jaggery coated plantain chips requires some additional steps to make it sweet. They are thicker than the upperi. No Sadya is complete without upperi and sarkara varatti, whether it be Onam, Vishu or any special occasions.

Here is the recipe for jaggery syrup mentioned in the recipe:

Here goes the video recipe:

How to make Sharkara varatti (Jaggery coated Plantain Chips)

 

Jaggery Coated Plantain Chips

Jaggery coated plantain chips- sharkara varatti, is one of the most important dish in Sadya. They are also served with breakfast in some places during Onam. These delicious sweet crackers are so addictive yet easy to make at home.
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Jaggery Coated Plantain Chips / Sharkara Varatti
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
Sharkara varatti , another important crackers, made with unripe plantain and sweetened with Jaggery, is a must have for any Sadya. This sweet jaggery coated plantain chips is so addictive and delicious.
Servings: 4
Author: myeatingspace.com
Ingredients
  • 2 unripe plantains
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger 1 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 3/4 cup jaggery syrup
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Make the cumin seed into a fine powder. Keep aside.
  2. Wash and peel the plantains. Cut it lengthwise to two halves.
  3. Again cut in to small 1/4 inch thick pieces.
  4. Heat oil in a pan on high.
  5. Add the plantain pieces. Reduce the flame to medium.
  6. Fry until the pieces start to turn red and crispy.
  7. Strain and transfer to a plate.
  8. Let it cool completely, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. In another pan, mix the jaggery syrup and crushed ginger.
  10. Bring it to a boil. Then add the cumin powder and mix well.
  11. Add the fried plantain chips in to the jaggery syrup. Mix well to coat.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. Now add the powdered sugar and mix well. This will help the chips to separate and prevent the stickiness.
  14. Enjoy the sweet jaggery coated plantain chips.
  15. This will keep in an air-tight container for 1 week.
Jaggery coated plantain chips- sharkara varatti, is one of the most important dish in Sadya. They are also served with breakfast in some places during Onam. These delicious sweet crackers are so addictive yet easy to make at home.
Jaggery coated plantain chips – Sarkara varatti

Usually, dry ginger powder (chukku podi) is used to make sharkara varatti. Since I ran out of it, I used fresh ginger instead. Also, some use cardamom powder for flavor which you can add if you wish. So this is the recipe for jaggery coated plantain chips. Hope you like it and everyone will make it for Onam.

Happy Cooking

author @ my eating space

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