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Monday, February 09, 2015

Unnakaya (Malabar Delicacy) | Stuffed Plantain Fry

Unnakaya(Stuffed plantain fry) is another authentic Malabar snack.I had heard lots about this snack but hadn't tasted so far until I made these at home.This is a recipe that I bookmarked long back but always postponed as I couldn't find the right plantains.Each time I buy plantains and plan to make these,it would turn ripe soon or end up making some other snack.I have followed the recipe strictly.The plantains shouldn't be very ripe or too raw too,the middle stage of this is perfect.Am happy that I could try it now.This snack is crisp on the outside and soft inside with a sweet filling.Try it out !!

adapted : cooking with thas
for cover
*ripe plantain 3
rice flour 2tbsp 
oil for frying

for filling
grated coconut 1 cup
raisins1 handful
cashews1/4 cup
cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
sugar 2tbsp
*egg beaten 1
ghee/butter 2tbsp

  • The plantain shouldn't be too ripe or too raw.So,select accordingly and check the best.Snap the ends and cut in halves,place in a steamer.Steam cook the plantains with skin to soften and cook until just tender(don't over do the cooking else it becomes mushy and will not hold shape).Wait to cool down,then peel the skin and mash the plantains after removing the black inner seeds.Mash it well just like mashed potatoes.If the dough is watery or slightly mushy and sticky,then add rice flour to knead in a soft dough like for chapathis.

  • To make filling-Heat ghee in a pan and add ghee/butter.When ghee is hot,add cashews followed by raisins,fry until slightly browned.Remove in a plate.Add the grated coconut and sugar in the reamaining ghee,roast the coconut until golden brown.Add beaten egg to the coconut(I haven't added egg) and scramble it.Switch off flame once it is cooked.Add in cashews and raisins,mix well.Leave to cool.
  • In the mean time,pinch out and make 6 balls.Grease your palm with oil or ghee,flatten the balls to disc shapes.Place about a tbsp of filling in each of the discs and roll to close in round or oval shapes.
  • Repeat the same step for remaining balls.Heat oil in  a pan and slide in the oval shaped balls when oil is hot.Leave on medium heat and keep turning all sides to brown the outer cover using a slotted spoon.Drain on a paper towel and serve warm with tea!

 Serves ~ 5-6 unnakaya

* The plantain selection is the most important step in this recipe.If you get the right plantains then you get the right consistency of dough.
* I haven't added egg in the filling.It tastes delicious without egg too.


great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! totally new to me.. love to try soon

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...this plantain fry sounds very delicious, would like to try it sometime are so good and tempting dear!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This is there in my to do list from long time..... Ur post is tempting me to make it :)

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

looks yummy

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

So delightful!!! Wish I could have one atleast now:P

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so inviting!

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

Ayyo vayil kappalodikkam...veronnum parayan vayya!(If something we need to say from heart sure we need our own language right?)It tastes more than the word delicious
It is in my draft for long time:)

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks super duper delicious.

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

Something different .. I make with potatoes and also bread .. I will try this too sometime.

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow its awesome.

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is in my to do list since long time..Unnakaya looks absolutely delicious and tempting...Wonderful captures..

Happy’s Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. drooling here... in my to do list for a long time now.. bookmarked..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely pics Julie, my Grandmom made these but havent got around trying these myself. Yours looks perfect

Cathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

My mom would LOVE this!

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

I have tasted this at my friend's house and loved it. They are seriously irresistible. You have made very well, looks tempting.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Very delicious Julie, you have used nendrapazham rt..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes dear 😊

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

looks super yummy...i still feel im enjoying holidays in kerela reading your posts..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie - I tried this today. Was very good, but was thinking it should have been sweeter. I suspect the bananas weren't ripe enough. But a good easy receipe.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shalini PaiThanks Shalini,sorry about the sweetness part..hope next time,you can add a little more sugar in the filling though.

Tumas Tongue Treats said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect. I adore the way you take close up shots Julie. Great!