Banana or any plantains tree’s has a unique feature ,every part of the tree is used in some way. The stem, vazaithandu can be used to make molagootal, pachadi, plantains or raw banana for mezhukkupurathi, poriyal,chips, and leaves….

When one hears the name Nendra kai immediately the picture that comes to our mind is the most famous chips. When you make chips don’t throw away the skin of the plantains .Here’s a recipe that is made with the skin of the plantians.

Recipe of chips



Nendram kai skin—- 2

Karamani /cow peas—- 1/2 cup

Coconut — 1/2 cup

Dry red chili—- 1

Turmeric pwd —- 1/2 teaspoon

Salt —- 3/4 teaspoon

Coconut oil —-1 tablespoon.


Peel and remove the skin of the kai.(please ref to above link). Cut the skin into small pieces and immediately put it into a vessel with water, this will prevent the discolourization of the skin. Pressure cook the karamani.  Remove the cut kai skin from water and rinse it once again. Add 3/4 glass of water, with turmeric powder and salt and cook the kai skin for 10 minutes. Now add the cooked karamani ,dry red chili ,give a stir,lower the heat , cover and cook further 5 minutes. Add the coconut , mix everything together and put of the heat. Drizzle the coconut oil,add the curry leaves and enjoy Kai puzukku with red rice kanji.


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