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Friday, October 23, 2009

Baked Crunchies :Spiced Plantain chips and Pumpkin seeds


Baking is a good alternative to frying or deep frying ,with lesser oil used the food has lesser fat calories.Deep frying(or even over cooking)destroys some of the essentials nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants.Also prolonged heating(at temperature greater than 375F) or repeated reusing of vegetable oil at high temperatures can turn the fat into trans-fatty acids.Even though there are some guidelines to detect the number of times oil can be reused depending on the kind of oil used or temperatures it heated,but to be on safe side,I avoid deep frying as much as possible.

With that said,two of my favorite baked crunchies that are totally guilt free any time munchies.I used the same spice mix for both of them.The chips can lose the Crunch pretty fast ,so make sure its stored in air tight container.

Ingredients
1 plantain,peeled and thinly sliced or 1 cup pumpkin seeds,cleaned and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste(optional)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil,1 and 1/2 tablespoon for the chips and 2 teaspoons for the seeds.

Method
Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix the ingredient number 1 with all the spices and oil,coat the chips completely.Let sit for 2-3 minutes while the oven heats up.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake ,while turning once ,for about 15-18 minutes for the chips and 10-12 minutes for the seeds.Cool and immediately transfer in air tight containers.Chips tasted best on the same day,if store properly are good for a week or two.The seeds are good for over a month.



Interesting read: Reusing deep fried oil?

One more week to go for the last date of sending in theGuilt-free snacks.Big thanks to those who already did.

28 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

crispy munchy chips...

Ivy said...

We don't get plantain here in Greece but they look so crispy and flavourful and those pumpkin seeds I could eat them all.

Poornima Nair said...

Being from Kerala, those chips are my favorite. Never thought of baking them, gonna try this soon. They look so perfect and tempting.

Archy said...

Wow, baked plantain chips looks so gud, i have some plantain, shall try !!

Shri said...

Delicious, crispy and Yummy, Yasmeen!

sangeeta said...

hey how could tehse come out so perfect....i have tried many times as i love those banana chips , could never get the same taste...is there any secret??
the pumpkin seeds i make n love them anytime....

Sheetal & Rahul said...

Wow!!I can't believe those are baked.

Kathy Gori said...

making them right now!!!

Priya said...

Crispy chips looks gorgeous, never thought of baking plantain chips, very innovative Yas..thanks for sharing..

Yasmeen said...

Hope you all try and let me know :D
Sangeeta,
the secret really is to slice even and thin ,mix the spices and oil thoroughly.Turn once while baking.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

sowmya.s said...

love them.. and baking is always a great option..

Arlette said...

your plantain chips looks delicious, I never attempt to use them in cooking , though I used to eat them all the time in Florida....I should try your chips..

Sarah said...

I could gobble some of those right now =)

Peggy said...

these look delicious! I love plantain chips!

Parita said...

This is my kind of food..love the baked chips!

meeso said...

I love banana chips, these look really tasty, I love the pumpkin seeds!

Kerstin said...

I love plantain chips, but don't make them often because I don't like to turn on the fryer. Great idea to bake them - yum!

JASMINA said...

Wow :),you're tempting me with those pumpkin seeds - on of my favorite snacks.Eh...but I've to look up for plantain as I don't know what it is :o .
Actually,I also wanted to comment on your previous recipe.My dear God when I saw it this week,I thought - hm,that is something so special.Pink buns :)?I could've never imagine something like that.You're a genious.One day I'll make them for sure.They look to me like those fancy finger foods at some parties :).
Kiss,kiss sweet Yasmeen =)!

Hayley said...

I made some chips similar to this recently, except I used potato instead of plantain. I'll have to give that a go next time my kids are asking for chips!
Great blog by the way - my kids are always calling me a health nut!

Talita said...

what a delicious chips!! Looks great!

Yum Yucky said...

Ooo. You just reminded me of my plantains "try" last week. I love them! Want more.

RV said...

whoa.. yummy chips.. it is a great idea to bake them..

SGD said...

They look sooooo perfect!

Sent you my entry to WHB-206 yesterday. hope you received it!

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice munchies for this chill weather. Love plantain chips so much. Pictures are great as usual.:)

Muneeba said...

I'm hooked on to plantain chips ... baking them is a fantastic way of enjoying them without too much guilt!

Curry Leaf said...

looks so crispy and exactly like fried ones.Truly guilt free.

Ayesha said...

I always wanted to try it baked but not sure,now that I have your recipe guess I can try.

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