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Health Benefits of Sharkara Upperi

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Explore the amazing health benefits, nutritional facts and interesting insights about Sharkara Upperi ! Our traditional Sharkara Upperi has a lot of advantages and purposes in adding it to regular diet since ancient times, one will be surprised to know the health benefits of Sharkara Upperi and here in this article we discuss all of it. If you are a Sharkara Upperi lover do try it from Kandrafoods, organic and homemade Sharkara Upperi maker.

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Nutritional Value

  • Carbohydrates - 62 g
  • Fiber - 4 g
  • Protein - 2 g
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Calcium - 8 mg
  • Potassium - 1246 mg
  • Vitamins - 23 mg
  • Plantain is rich in carbohydrates and fiber that helps in improving the bowel movements and prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and other digestive issues.
  • It contains vitamins that can act as antioxidants and helps remove free radicals, preventing the risk of heart diseases and cancer.
  • It is loaded with potassium that can help with balancing body fluids and lowering of blood pressure levels and cholesterol.
  • Jaggery is rich in minerals which will help improve and maintain the immune system.
  • It also helps in increasing hemoglobin and maintaining blood pressure.
  • The antioxidants and other vitamins in jaggery makes it a natural cleanser for our body and has anti aging properties for skin.
  • As it is rich in iron it can help prevent fatigue and anemia.
  • It contains nutrients that improves digestion and relieves constipation.
  • Cardamom powder can kill mouth bacteria and prevent bad breath.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps with digestion.
  • has healing properties that can relieve inflammation, nausea and any injuries.
  • The thermogenic properties help boost metabolism, burn fat and improve digestion.
  • It also helps with lowering cholesterol levels and maintaining blood sugar.
  • has nutrients that can prevent many chronic diseases like cancer, metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. It can also boost memory power.


  • A similar snack is also popular in Indonesia where it is called Kripik pisang.
  • Fried plantain chips are known as chifle in America and are also consumed along with muesli for breakfast.
  • Sharkara Upperi or Banana chips are one of the top famous Kerala recipes.
  • Plantain is a great source of potassium and dietary fiber and it is a popular staple food in many countries.
  • Plantains are highly versatile, it can be consumed in different ways except raw form and goes well with both sweet and spicy flavors. 
  • Plantains are regularly included in Latin American, Caribbean and Asian cuisines.


Suggested consumable by age groups

  • A small bowl of Sharkara Upperi can be enjoyed by all age groups.

Good times to eat:

  • It can be eaten anytime or as an evening snack.

Eat along with:

  • It can be eaten as it is or alongside any savory snack.

When not to eat or eat more often:

  • It is advisable not to eat often as it is a deep fried snack.
  • Diabetic patients should avoid consuming.

Story/History of recipe

Sharkara Upperi is originally from Kerala, South India. It is a sweetened chips variety that is prepared with plantain and jaggery. It is a famous snack that is also a part of Onam Sadhya, the traditional feast of Kerala served during the Onam festival. These can also be made with dessert bananas and the savory version of the same where it is coated with spicy masala instead of jaggery is also available.

Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served

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    The following are the ingredients needed for preparing Sharkara Upperi,

    • Plantain - 4 nos.
    • Jaggery - 1/2 cup (crushed)
    • Dry ginger powder - 1/2 teaspoon
    • Cardamom powder - 1 teaspoon
    • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
    • Sugar - 2 tablespoons
    • Oil as required for frying.

    Preparation Steps

    1. Cut and remove the tips of plantains and peel off its skin.
    2. Cut plantain into small semi circles and add it into a bowl of water.
    3. Add a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix them well. Drain the water and keep the bowl of plantain aside.
    4. In a wide heavy bottomed pan, pour oil as required for deep fry and heat it at a high flame.
    5. Once the oil is heated add all the cut pieces of plantain and fry them until it turns light brown. 
    6. Occasionally stir and when it has attained the desired color and crispness gently transfer them to a strainer to remove excess oil.
    7. In a different pan, add jaggery with water as required to immerse it and melt it at medium to high flame.
    8. Filter the jaggery syrup to remove impurities and transfer it to a fresh pan.
    9. Keep stirring and let the syrup thicken.
    10. At this stage, add the fried plantain to this thick syrup of jaggery and mix well. Make sure the pieces are completely coated with the jaggery syrup.
    11. Add cardamom powder and dry ginger powder and mix well. Turn off the flame.
    12. Now add two tablespoons of sugar and mix well. 
    13. The plantain should not be sticky and should be able to grab it as dry individual pieces. You can add a tablespoon of rice flour if required.
    14. This can be stored in an airtight container and can be enjoyed for a week.
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