Friday, November 2, 2012

Stuffed Bananas(Plantains)/Unnakkaya/Kaayada

Unnakkaya or kaayada is a very popular snack in the North Malabar side,mostly found in the 'treats' given by Malabar Muslims.It is also prepared during Ramadan.
  Stuffed Banana is a snack made with a sweet  filling.In Malabar where Stuffed mussels has its place in spicy snacks,similarly this Unnakkaya has its own place in sweet snacks 
   It is a good and healthy snack item for kids.Here the Plantains used,should neither be too raw nor too ripe   it should be medium ripe.Here goes the recipe
Plantain          1 kg(semi ripe)
Eggs               5
Cashew nuts   2 tbsp
  (break each cashew nut into 3-4 pieces) 
Raisins          2tblsp
Sugar            5-6tblsp 
Ghee             1tblsp
Cardamom powder   1 tsp
Oil             for deep frying
-Peel and cut the bananas in round shape of 1 inch thickness.
-Place these bananas in a steamer and steam for 15-20 minutes.
-Mash them well without any lumps into a dough consistency.Keep aside.
 -In a bowl break the eggs, add sugar and beat a little (the sugar doesn't have to dissolve at this stage)set aside.
-Now in a pan heat ghee,add nuts then raisins.When the raisins puff add the egg-sugar mix completely and scramble them by stirring continuously on medium-low heat till the egg gets cooked.
-Add the cardamom powder,stir and remove from fire 
-Take small balls out of the banana dough,flatten each ball,add a little filling and seal the sides.Roll and shape
the stuffed plantains(see image below)
-Finish the whole dough and filling this way.
-Heat oil in a wok and fry the Unnakkaya/Kaayada till golden brown.
*You can use a little oil on your palm and fingers while flattening and shaping these.
*To mash the bananas you can use a potato masher or back of a ladle or bottom of a steel glass (traditionally wet grinders are used to grind the steamed bananas without adding water,you can also use a food -processor)
*Non-vegetarians,can use grated coconut instead of eggs in the filling.Saute the coconut till light brown in
colour along with cashew nuts and raisins.    


  1. Wow!What a preparation! fantastic.Thanks for sharing..

  2. Yummy! stuffed bananas are totally unique for me..I will be trying any day :)

  3. my favourite snack..thanks ummu azim..share for this....

  4. unnakai looks so perfect...
    first time here...happy to find so many yummy malabar dishes...happily following you..

  5. love this malabari snack,yummy!!
    Thanx for dropping by my space,Ruxana..happy to follow your space :)
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