Unnakaya recipe, How to make Malabar style unnakai(stuffed plantain fritters)
 
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Unnakaya recipe, Unnakai, Kai Ada, Unnakka, Kai Porichathu Malabar tea time snack made of ripe bananas 🍌 and stuffed with coconut 🥥
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Malabar, Kerala, Indian
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 nos ripe plantain/பழுத்த நேந்திரம் பழம்
  • ½ cup Coconut grated/தேங்காய்
  • handful cashew/முந்திரி
  • handful raisins/திராட்சை
  • 2 pinch cardamom powder/ஏலக்காய் தூள்
  • 1 tsp ghee/நெய்
  • 1 tsp coconut oil/தேங்காய் எண்ணெய்
  • oil for frying the Unnakai/எண்ணெய்
Instructions
  1. Steaming the banana/Nendram Pazham to make the Unnakaya Dough: Take ripe bananas and cut them into half. Place it in a steamer and steam for 10 to 15 mins. let the banana to cool down sometime and then peel the skin. if you find any fiber or black seed in the middle remove it. Mash the banana well with your hands or you can use a masher if bananas are hot but don't mash it mixie. It should be smooth and lump-free Dough. The banana Dough Ready. Let's Make the coconut filling for Unnakaya.
  2. Making the coconut filling by heat ghee & coconut oil in a pan, add in cashew nuts, and raisins and fry for a min. make sure that they should not burn. Now add coconut, cardamom powder, and roast well(i prefer the coconut should be little golden). Once it turns golden brown turn off the stove. Some people add sugar at this stage I didn't use because the banana is already sweet so I skipped. The coconut filling is ready.
  3. Shaping and making the Unnakaya, Grease the palm, take little banana dough and make small lemon size ball. Flatten the ball by using the other hand and fill it with a teaspoon coconut filling. seal the edges and roll it in spindle shape. heat oil and deep fry until it becomes golden brown. Drain onto a tissue. serve Unnakaya as a dessert with tea or coffee or even you can have it for breakfast.
Recipe by Prema's Culinary at http://www.premascook.com/2020/02/unnakaya-recipe-malabar-unnakkaya.html