Kerala’s Fried Plantain recipe


Here’s a quick & easy sweet treat that you can put together in minutes!

This was cooked by chance 2 days ago when my husband got some Nenthra or Nendran plantain as they are known in Kerala, India. These plantains are fibrous and retain their shape/ structure after cooking.

I tried cooking these for the first time the day before and completely fell in love with how tasty they turned out with such less effort & in no time at all!

Once ready, I must confess that did not last 10 mins as both of us were fighting over the last few pieces!! 😉

Cooking this left our home with the sweet scent of banana’s, cardamom & ghee which I loved!!

Cook Time: 15 mins                                        Prep Time: 5 mins


  • Ripe 2-3 Nenthra or Nendran plantain
  • 7-8 cardamom pods (deseeded & crushed using a pestle & mortar)
  • 1-2 tea spoon of ghee/ coconut oil or butter
  • a sprinkle of sugar ( half a tea spoon)

Peel and chop the plantain into discs.

Heat a non-stick pan and add in the ghee/ butter or coconut oil while this becomes hot place the plantain pieces flat (every piece touching the pan)

Now as they sizzle away,  sprinkle the sugar & freshly ground cardamom powder! This is the magical moment when your kitchen starts to smell like heaven!! 😉

Allow them to fry on one side until caramelized then turn them over using a spoon or fork. Once they turn golden on both sides they are ready to eat. I loved these!!!

For those banana fans out there definitely give this one a go!

Happy cooking 🙂

Note: Please make sure you buy ripe plantain as this recipe will not work if they are raw. To check is they are ripe enough, they should appear spotty & slightly soft to hold.

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