Directly across the street from where I saw all the grape vendors (see the previous post, A Grape Surprise) I spotted this charming snack shop. I was starting to feel peckish, surrounded by all the food in the market. I absolutely adore banana chips. My favorite are from Kerala. I’ve tasted banana chips all over India and they more or less taste the same everywhere. Kerala, though, has two different kinds: the usual plantains are sliced across the width, creating disk-like chips which are always tasty but I prefer the long ones. For some reason, the longer ones are a touch sweeter, though still savory and are a tad softer, though still crunchy. I’ve never seen the long chips outside of Kerala.
I’m not sure if it was my mounting hunger or the eye-catching display that immediately caught my attention but one of the shopkeepers saw me looking and motioned for me to come over. He probably had no idea that I am very familiar with the kind of Indian snacks that he sells called namkeen. So he gave me numerous samples to try. I tasted them but I wanted those long banana chips. I only bought a small amount unlike the Indian families but these snacks aren’t in the category of health conscious and light. They are all deep-fried in coconut oil, an essential Kerala ingredient that does add to their yumminess.
I grabbed my chips, munching with contentment, eager for what treats I’d find around the corner.