Spicy Plantain Upperi


Spicy Plantain Upperi

Fiery Plantain Delight: A Spicy Twist on Indian Upperi

Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine with this tantalizing Spicy Plantain Upperi recipe. Bursting with aromatic spices and crispy plantains, this dish is a delightful combination of sweet and spicy flavors.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

4 servings


Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free


Paleo, Keto, Low-carb, High-protein, Low-fat


  • 4 ripe plantains, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 180 kcal / 753 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 6g, 1g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 32g, 16g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 0.5g


  1. 1.
    Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. 2.
    Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Allow them to splutter.
  3. 3.
    Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and fennel seeds. Stir well to combine.
  4. 4.
    Add curry leaves and green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  5. 5.
    Add the sliced plantains to the pan and mix well, ensuring the spices coat the plantains evenly.
  6. 6.
    Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the plantains turn golden brown and crispy.
  7. 7.
    Drizzle lemon juice over the cooked plantains and season with salt. Mix gently.
  8. 8.
    Remove from heat and transfer the Spicy Plantain Upperi to a serving dish.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Plantains — Choose ripe plantains with yellow skin and some black spots. This ensures they are sweet and flavorful. Avoid using green or overly ripe plantains as they won't provide the desired taste and texture.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra kick of heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper along with the red chili powder.
  • Serve the Spicy Plantain Upperi immediately after cooking to enjoy its crispy texture.
  • Adjust the spice levels according to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of red chili powder.

Serving advice

Serve the Spicy Plantain Upperi as a side dish with steamed rice and dal, or as a snack with a cup of hot masala chai.

Presentation advice

Garnish the Spicy Plantain Upperi with fresh cilantro leaves and serve it in a vibrant, colorful dish to enhance its visual appeal.