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Unnakkaya – Snack from Malabar ! (My 150 th post )

With this Unnakkaya post today,Melange completes it’s 150th post here.It was a sweet journey with lots of interactions and some truly worth experiences.I would love to thank all those foodies out there,for their valuable feedbacks and support !

Unnakkaya is a popular snack in Malabar,the northern strip of Kerala.To give a brief of what I have written earlier,Malabar cuisine is rich,flavourful and exotic in all senses.I always wonder how they can manage with those extra calories they consume on a daily basis.The number of eggs been added,the amount of ghee they use,the cups of oil they pour to deep fry,you can’t even imagine how much committed they are into the whole process of food making.

So,coming back to Unnakkaya,it’s a deep-fried snack comprising an outer covering with mashed bananas and a sweet filling inside.Do try and enjoy every sapid bite !

Makes 7

Ingredients

3 half-ripened plantains / Nenthrappazham
oil/ghee as required


For the filling

1/4 cup grated coconut
handful of chopped cashews
1 tsp raisins
1 tsp sugar (optional)
pinch of cardamom powder

Method

Cut the plantains into two or three pieces each.Steam this till the skin change colour.Let it cool.Now peel the plantains and mash/grind it into a good paste without adding water.Meanwhile prepare the filling with the ingredients mentioned in the section.Shift all those to a small bowl and mix well.Now wet your hand and make lemon sized balls from the mashed plantains.Flatten it on your palm and stuff it with teaspoonful of filling we made.Seal the sides carefully and roll it in your hands to give the shape of cotton buds.

Heat oil in a medium skillet and deep fry each unnakkaya till brown.Shift them into a paper towel.Serve as a snack.

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25 comments on “Unnakkaya – Snack from Malabar ! (My 150 th post )

  1. savitha ramesh
    September 26, 2011

    congrats on ur miletone ….lovely dessert.

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  2. Sobha Shyam
    September 26, 2011

    Congrats on 150th post..have heard so much abt this malabar snack, never had a chance to have it..Unnakkaya sure looks delicious..perfect shapes..

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  3. aipi
    September 26, 2011

    I have been following you since you have started and I have come to know you as a great person n a wonderful cook! Looking forward to much much more from you!

    The snack looks scrummy n intriguing!
    USMasala

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  4. Suja
    September 26, 2011

    Congrats dear on your milestone,Keep going,perfect way to celebrate..yummy snack,makes me drool..hugs:)

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  5. Krithi's Kitchen
    September 26, 2011

    Congratulations.. lovely way to celebrate…
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Steamed

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  6. Torviewtoronto
    September 27, 2011

    delicious looking dessert lovely

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  7. Insignia
    September 27, 2011

    Congrats and thanks for giving us 150 recipes 🙂 I have had the chance to taste unnakkaya when I was in Kannur some time back. Yumm! it was.

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  8. anilkurup
    September 27, 2011

    Great going .And Congratulations. I still would suggest you try other subjects too. I have been to North Kerala umpteen times , but alas no one told me about this Unnakkaya. Though “pazhom pori” has been all around north and south.

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  9. Priya
    September 27, 2011

    Congrats dear on ur 150th post, Unnakkaya looks excellent and fabulous..

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  10. Vardhini
    September 27, 2011

    Congrats on your 150th post and wish you many many more to come. New recipe and looks yummy.

    Vardhini
    Zesty Palette

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  11. purabi naha
    September 27, 2011

    this snack from malabar sounds yummy! I love plantains in any form and this looks perfectly appetising!

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  12. Bikramjit
    September 27, 2011

    Congrats on the 150th post .. and that too with a yummy recipe 🙂 hmmmmmmmmmm now thats what i call a cele bration with foooooooooooood 🙂

    Bikram's

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  13. Reva
    September 27, 2011

    Congrats dear… Lovely sweet treat… I loved it..:) Keep those yummy recipes coming..
    Reva

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  14. Swathi
    September 27, 2011

    congrats on your 150th post. Unnakkaya is masterpiece.

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  15. MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.
    September 27, 2011

    Hi Melange Congrats on Ur 150th post.Its a yummy recipe and a new one.Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal
    September 27, 2011

    wow, congrats dear on 150th posts, keep rocking, that snack is very new and sounds very delicious 🙂

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  17. Vidhya
    September 28, 2011

    Congrats on your milestone and what a yummy way to celebrate.

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  18. Mélange
    September 28, 2011

    Thank you all buddies for being with Melange and leaving those valuable opinions there .

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  19. Jay
    September 28, 2011

    those looks so delicious..wonderful presentation..:)
    plz collect your awards dear..
    Tasty Appetite

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  20. Kalyani's Platter
    September 28, 2011

    congrats on ur milestone … looks delicious … glad to follow u ……

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  21. Rumana Rawat
    September 29, 2011

    Awesome snakes dear..

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  22. themustardseed
    October 10, 2011

    Oh I love this recipe so much! It looks wonderfully delicious!

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  23. JishasKitchen
    October 14, 2011

    wow..that looks aboslutely delicious and perfect..I have heard a lot about this malabar snack…but never got a chance to try it…will surely give this a try…:)

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  24. DV
    November 1, 2011

    Rich with cashews and coconut!! 🙂 Drool….I'm loving all your Malabar recipes! Glad to follow your blog!

    -Divya
    TastyVegCooking

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