Of Flavours & Tastes…
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 !
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
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.