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Unnakkaya, a popular snack from the Malabar menu, is a deep-fried sweet made from bananas and eggs.


Bananas 5
Cashew nuts 50 gms
Raisins 50 gms
Cardamom 3 pods
Grated Coconut 2 cups
Sugar 5 tbsp
Ghee 2 tbsp
Eggs 3

Method of Preparation

Heat ghee in a pan. Add cashew nuts and raisins and stir well. Add three eggs to this mixture and scramble the eggs into the nutmixture. Now add crushed cardamoms and grated coconut. Mix well. Put five tablespoons of sugar and add enough water and stir until the sugared mixture becomes syrupy. This is the Unnakkaya filling.

Next, steam the bananas and remove the skin. Make a thick paste out of the steamed bananas flesh and spread a portion of this paste in your palm. Take some Unnakkaya filling and place it inside the flattened banana paste. Roll gently with your fingers to make a spindle shape. Once enough “spindle shaped” pieces are ready, heat oil and fry the unnakkayas until they are a crisp golden brown.

Unnakayas are a tasty tea-time snack that may be enjoyed with tea or coffee.