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Yet another Malabar recipe and this time it is a delicious snack called Unnakaya.It is a sweet and delicious snack made with plantains and stuffed with a sweet coconut and nut filling.There is also a non vegetarian version with egg stuffing which  is most popular during the Ramadan fasting.Mine is the vegetarian version.

Even though it is a very popular recipe, I must admit that I am trying this for the first time and that too after watching many cookery shows and demonstrations to bring somewhat perfect consistency for the dough and shape.My family really enjoyed this yummy snack.

Ripe Plantain- 2
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Sooji/rava- 2 tsp ( optional)
Sugar- 3-4 tsp
salt- a pinch
Raisins- a few
chopped cashew nuts- a little
ghee- 2 tsp
Cardamom- 1/3 tsp

To make the filling

Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts and raisins followed by rava. Stir fry this for a minute and add coconut. Fry this till it attains light  golden brown.Add sugar and blend well with the coconut mixture. Let this cool.
Steam cook plantains till its is soft. Peel off the skin and run knife through the center remove the small black seeds in the center. Mash this in a grinder or hand blender without using water into the form of a dough. You can add a pinch of salt to this. Make lemon size balls and flatten then between your palms. Put the filling in the center and seal the edges. The best way is to take between your two hands and gently fold and press the edges and roll . Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the unnakayas in medium flame or shallow fry in a non stick pan. Enjoy with tea.

1) Use plantains which  is ripe but yet firm. Do not use over ripe soft ones as you will not get the correct consistency and will be difficult to hold together.
2) Mash the plantains when it is slightly warm, otherwise it will get dried out and will be difficult to grind especially if you are using a mixer.
3) If you feel that it is very difficult to bring the mass together you can add a two tsp of water while grinding plus one tsp of rice flour.
4) Do not make it into a very smooth mixture as there will be a tendency to tear apart.
5) Grease you hands with ghee while making the balls. You can also flatten it on a greased plastic sheet or parchment paper and gently press them together.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Unnakaya adipoli aytund chechi. njan ethu vare undakitilla myself, but orupadu kazhichitund, Yummy

  2. looks very yummy, perfect delicious snack.

  3. oh wow,,,thats so perfectly made the beautiful click...yummy.

  4. wow..looks yummy and tempting clicks...

  5. Wonderful.. your research has saved you.. perfect shape and perfect coat on the outside..

  6. Perfect, this ramzaan treat:)

  7. The shape and the way you have presented is classic :) The ingredients that have gone into it are all my favorites. Guess I would love this dish :) Bookmarked the recipe :)

  8. This snack sounds to have a touch of sweetness. Lovely shapes

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. these look perfect with plantain coconut oh yum

  10. Super Suja, perfect..Love the shape and the arrangement

  11. ente fav aanu.ithu kandittu kothi kudi.innu thanne undakkan pova:)

  12. prefect and delicious unnakaya, sooo tempting..

  13. Looks great! Must be very tasty with coconut filling.I haven't tasted this before.

  14. Wow this is really the way u presented it.

  15. very new to me.looks delicious and quick too.

  16. Perfection is at its height! Unnakaya looks so cute and delicious. Love this very much.

  17. wow dat looks perfect...i love the fact u did not add scrambled egg white cos i dont like it...the rest of the combo goes very well

  18. A very new recipe..I know my hubby will love this one. You are very good with authentic recipes :)

    US Masala

  19. This one is so so perfect and professional Suja.You are a real chef !!

  20. Yummy...delicious and crunchy unnakya..

  21. just heard abt this recipe..looks yummy

  22. adipoli ithu eppozum try cheyyanam ennu vicharikum but ithuvare undakkiyittilla. superb click

  23. This is totally new to me,but this is making me drool! I am very much hooked to the pics,loved it!

  24. Oh Suja! This looks great and as usual the presentation is fabulous!

  25. I am developing a craving for unnakaya now. Looks perfectly done as always.

  26. wow, very new and interesting recipe. Love the fried fritters and the pic showing the filling as well.

  27. so perfectly made the beautiful PRESENTATION..and TEMPTING........THANKS OR SHARING YAAR

  28. Adipoli and perfect suja..aaplate ingottu parcel cheyyuttooo..:)

  29. unnakaya is my all time fovorite...........urs look yummy............

  30. unnakaya s new dish to me.. your pics talk about its taste n flavors..

  31. Malabru kari ayathu kondu njan oru paadu kazhichitundu,but ithuvare undakiyitilla..First time ayitum ithu adipoli ayi vanitundallo.Perfect shape.

  32. Parayan Vakkukal ella, Perfect .......Presentation um nannayittunddu!!1 Sarikkum kothiyavunnu!!

  33. A very new recipe! Looks tempting.

  34. They look so perfect and delicious..Unnakaya ennu kettitte ullu, kazhichittilla..Adipoli!

  35. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments :)

  36. Suja, looks sinful!! yumm yumm..made only with nendra pazham right?

  37. Yes Binitha the outer crust is made with nendra pazham and there is a coconut filling..


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