We were in the Indian state of Kerala and there was one thing we kept seeing over and over again — Banana Chips!
The first time we saw them, we basically were stopping at a roadside bathroom break on the way to our hotel. There were about five stalls all selling little plastic bags of what at first seemed to be potato chips. We bought some and immediately recognized our mistake.
Then as we popped a banana chip in our mouths, we expected a sweet dried fruit sensation. No. It was salty. And really good! As we usually do, we only bought one until we knew if we liked it or not. So, in this case, we discovered we liked it after we’d already pulled away from the stop, and our six mouths devoured the tiny bag within seconds. We were left wanting more!
We were in luck. I don’t know why, but this particular place had banana chips galore. There were vendors everywhere, and they were doing a booming business. We loved watching them prepare them. First they peeled the bananas, then they sliced and tossed them into a huge boiling vat of oil.
We couldn’t help but buy quite a few bags. Needless to say, a couple days later when we left, we had had our fill of banana chips!