Sarkara varatti / Sarkara Upperi is one of the must have dishes in any sadya ( feast ) recipe of Kerala. Whether it is marriage, onam or any other functions where food is served on a banana leaf, then this sarkara varatti /sarkara upperi is a really must. I have been trying to perfect this dish for a long time, and after a third attempt failure I almost gave up. However I said I am going to try one more time, and I was able to conquer this recipe. Yes it is 4th time that I will finally succeed.
The first time, everything became so mushy and become blob, second time it doesn’t want to come out of that pan. I think both pan and sarkara varatti made an agreement together. Third time it was okay still plantain needs to fry little more. Finally on 4th time, I was able crack down the recipe. Make sure that plantain chips needs to be extra crispy. It should fry in the oil for about an hour in low flame. Then on the final step add little water to the oil to make it extra crisp. Once it completely cooled, then make jaggery (raw sugar) thick syrup and add sugar, then add spices like cardamom powder, cumin powder and mix well the fried plantain chips, make sure to coat each piece of plantain chips with jaggery. Then finally add ground ginger (chukka) also to make it extra flavor rich.
This is only one dish served throughout the entire Kerala for sadya. Only a few pieces are served on the extreme left tip of banana leaf along with a small banana and pappadam. Success of this recipe is that each and every pieces of plantain chips should coated with jaggery and also comes out as single pieces. I tried the recipe showed by famous chef Pazhayidom Mohanan Namboothiri in a YouTube video. He is really simple guy who makes awesome food. His ratio is for every 1000g/1 kg of chips you need 600g of jaggery.
Whenever my sarakara varatti episode dooms I buy from the store, one thing I don’t like is that it has expiry date of 2016. You will wonder how you can give that much expiry date. Yes most of Indian goodies give ridiculous expiry date. So this time I was in a mood to crack down the recipe. Finally able to do it successfully. So try this, trust me it won’t fail you. Experience is speaking here. For this onam why don’t you serve homemade fresh sarkara varatti. Here comes the recipe.
Here is my Onam Recipes collection.