Banana Chips is a salty, cripsy and irresistible snack that can be prepared using just 3 ingredients in less than 20 minutes and gets over in no time. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
Vegan + Gluten Free Banana Chips
Its Friday again and I have prepared a quick snack so that I can munch these while watching my favorite TV series – F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Oh yes, I just love watching this series and cannot get enough of it. Most of the times, I go into auto tune mode and keep singing smelly cat smelly cat 🙂

And now coming back to these chips, raw bananas called Nendrabale are used in India to prepare these chips. If this variety of banana is not available make sure you use a raw plantain like cavendish for making these chips. I have used chiquita brand plantains with the label “fry me” on it. So make sure you get the right variety for best results.

Until my engagement, I used to prefer only flavored banana chips. The most common flavors that were available in my hometown were 1) red chilli masala, and 2) black pepper masala. I never used to like simple salted banana chips, like the ones that I have presented here! After my engagement I came to know that salted banana chips were among my husband’s favorite.

Vegan + Gluten Free Banana ChipsSo when I tried these banana chips with him is when I really started to like it. In fact, the one thing that I have noticed is that, a lot of veggies, fruits and meat (I was a pure vegetarian) which I used to dislike earlier are now among my favorite. The same is true for my husband, and I suppose it is the case with many of you. I think it is not just about likes/dislikes of food, but also with rest of the things in life. It is just wonderful to see how we change and evolve with time and circumstances, mostly for good.

The banana chips recipe below is super simple. I have fried them in vegetable oil, but it is traditionally fried in coconut oil. Make sure you slice the bananas as thin as possible. Mine were about 0.5 to 1 mm thick. The more thick the slices are, more time it needs (on a medium flame) to crisp up. Also make sure you do not overcrowd the frying pan, instead fry in small batches. These chips are so addictive that by the time the second batch is ready, the first batch would have disappeared. However if you do manage to save some, I wanted to let you know that they store well in air-tight containers for couple of weeks. Why wait? Just get into kitchen and prepare some fresh chips for this weekend.

Also check out tukdi / spicy biscuitschakuli / rice fritters / murukku and nippattu / savory crackers recipe.

Vegan + Gluten Free Banana Chips

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4


Ingredients for Banana Chips

Raw Banana – 2
Salt – 3/4 tsp
Oil – for frying

Steps to prepare Banana Chips

Step I

  • Heat oil in a deep bottom pan for frying. Let the flame be between medium to medium high. I use a 6 inch deep pan and I fill it with about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil.
  • Prepare the salt solution: Dissolve 3/4 tsp of salt in 2 tbsp of water. You may vary this amount depending on how salty you like your chips to be.
  • Peel the skin of the bananas and cut them into thin slices. Mine were about 0.5 mm to 1 mm thick. Thicker slices would require longer frying times to crip up, so adjust accordingly.

Step II

  • Once the oil is hot, drop few slices of bananas, and using a slotted spoon stir it every now and then so that they fry evenly. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • You will notice that the color starts changing and the chips start floating. At this point add 1 tsp of salt solution  *(check more details in tip section).
  • You will see that when you add salt water to hot oil it starts spluttering. Once the spluttering stops, remove the chips and transfer it to paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  • Repeat the process for reaming banana slices.
  • Banana chips is ready. Let it cool down and if at all the chips remain, then store them in a air tight container. This will remain cripsy for at least 15 days.


  • First and very important, be careful while frying these chips. Take special care while adding salt solution to hot oil, as it will cause extensive spluttering. Maintain safe distance from the pan, and definitely make sure that kids are not around when frying.
  • The salt solution is mainly added so that it gets distributed evenly. You can skip this and also sprinkle the salt at end after frying.
  • Oil must be between medium and medium high temperature. It should not be on high flame. Chips will turn black.
  • Do not over crowd the pan. it may not fry evenly.
  • For the pan size I used, I did total of 4 batches that is 1/2 banana slices at a time.
  • You may have to vary the amount of salt in salt solution depending on the saltiness desired.

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Vegan + Gluten Free Banana Chips

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35 Responses

  1. Nice recipe dear,I have been looking for a perfect banana chips recipe for a long time.Thanks for sharing, have already bookmarked it.

  2. Always, forever our fav. This is the perfect snack.

  3. I have only had sweetened banana chips. I really like that these are just flavored with salt.

  4. vanu_vanaja

    Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing dear..

  5. All time fav..Very crispy chips!!

  6. They look perfectly crisp!

  7. perfectly the texture.

  8. Wow this is just a perfect munch. I can finish these in few minutes of time… Well made with perfect finish.

  9. All time looks so perfect & yumm !!

  10. Perfect snack.. love this with rice too. Yum. Perfect color man

  11. “smelly cat smelly cat, what are they feeding you?” Haha! Love that show! Also, the fire alarm episode with Phoebe is another classic. Whenever I saw Friends on rerun, I always stop and watch it. And these banana chips…they look awesome! I’ve never made banana chips, but I totally need to try this recipe…and soon! 🙂

    • That’s so nice. Thank you so much David 🙂 Do let me knwo how it turned out!

  12. I’ve never tried banana chips. Definitely going to now!

  13. i love banana chips are my favourite since i was a kid. my mom used to make them alot for me. thanks for sharing the recepie

  14. Simple irresistible. Admittedly our fav.

  15. One of my favorite. Looks delicious and beautiful clicks

  16. Awesome! I found this on facebook and shared right away. I teach Food lessons at school and I am also a Jamaican by birth. Great to find this online. Keep it up!

  17. My favourite snacks.. Now i can make at home.. Thanks!

  18. This is the perfect crunchy snack. Love that it’s such a simple recipe, thank you!!

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