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Vazhakkai chips recipe

Easy vazhakkai chips recipe - raw banana chips, homemade green plantain chips recipe - easy, crisp and light! Vazhakkai chips or vazhakai varuval as we call it is very easy to make Homemade chips.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1 cups


  • Vazhakkai / plantain - 1
  • Oil - For deep frying
  • Salt - As needed
  • Red chilli powder - As needed
  • Asafoetida powder - A pinch optional


  • First peel the skin of the plantain, cut into two and keep immersed in water until needed.
  • Heat enough oil in a kadai, pat dry the plantain.
  • The slices should be thin, so as to get crispy light chips, so adjust it accordingly.
  • My MIL gave me this slicer, bought in Chennai. Hold the slicer over hot oil.
  • Oil should be really hot. You can make the flame simmer while slicing to avoid heat to hands, but oil should be heated hot.
  • Slice the plantain and then cook it in medium flame.
  • Stir now and then for even cooking. Continue cooking in medium flame until the bubbles ceases and ‘shh..’ sound ceases.
  • Drain in paper towel and repeat the process for the rest.
  • For each batch, sprinkle two pinches of salt (asafoetida if desired) and red chilli powder and toss well.


  • Make sure the slicer gives you thin slices of the chips for super crisp result.
  • I once tried slicing fully first and then dropping in oil but it turned red, so I recommend slicing directly over oil.
  • Just keep the flame low while slicing, you can prevent the heat.
  • Always ensure oil is hot when slicing and always cook in medium flame, not high flame.
  • You can also add black pepper powder in place of red chilli powder. My mom does that and I love it!