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18 Sept 2007


A famous snack from the Kerala Muslim Cuisine, Unnakkai or Unnakkaaya is also known as kaayada.

Bananas (ripe) 3 medium
Coconut grated 3 table spoons
Cashew nuts few
Raisins few
Ghee 2 tsp
Cardamom powder ¼ tsp
Sugar 1 table spoon
Oil for frying

How to prepare
Cook banana in little water or steam cook it. Let it cool. Peel, remove black seeds. Mash it very well .

Heat ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins. Add coconut, cardamom powder and sugar. Stir for a while. Remove from fire.

Apply little oil on palms. Take a little from the mashed banana and make a ball. Press between palms. Put 2 teaspoons of the above ghee fried preparation in this.(It depends on the amount of banana you take). Close it by joining edges. Roll in the shape of unnakkai with hands. Deep fry in oil. You can fry them after you shaped all the unnaikkais. Don’t choose over ripe bananas for this.

Unnakkai dipped in a sweetened thick solution prepared, by mixing and boiling little rice powder with milk. It is just like paayasam.

Some scrambles egg with sugar in ghee. For that use one egg, and break it in to the heated ghee. Stir till the egg is cooked add sugar and remove from fire.Keep this mixture inside the mashed banana balls.

Submitted to Aahar for JFI Banana.


  1. Did you use rips or unripe bananas.

  2. seena,
    unnakkai looks yummy yummy. was eagerly waiting for this ramzan spl recipe.

  3. wow! what a unique recipe, looks amazing :)

  4. Looks yummy Seena, great snack to eat!:))

  5. bananas stuffed with nuts would have diappeared before deep frying, if it had been me :D

  6. I was just about to post this :D and mine is also the same recipe :)) my favourite childhood snack...infact this morning too, my mother was asking why I did not post this one :))


  7. Hey Seena, nice and delicious unnakais.. y dont u submit this post as an entry for the JFI:Banana event hosted by Mandira. U can find the link on my blog... Happy Blogging gurl..:D

  8. Nice recipe...this is something new. looks delicious!

  9. HC,Yeah,ripe bananas..but not too ripe..

  10. I have never known this dish before. Nevertheless, they look gorgeous.

  11. that is a very interesting recipe. looks so good and delicious. lovely entry.

  12. looks great...but have never heard of this recipe..

  13. Oh yummy ! I was after my grandma for Unnakkai recipe. Thanks for posting this recipe. Looks really good.

  14. very nice entry, seena! i have heard about unnakkai, but never cane across a good recipe. i will try it this weekend.

  15. I've never heard of this dish before! Looks very good, Seena. After making it, you dunk it in milk?(last pic)

  16. Hey Seena, seems like many had problems with my previous template.. I back to my original one. Do let me know if u can load it.. bye gurl n cya..:D

  17. wow seena, Unnakkai recipe looks delicious. I am definitely going to try this soon. Thank you for participating in JFI. :) - Mandira

  18. Thanks friends..

    Actually I forgot to mention it..Have
    given the information below the picture. Hope you see it..Thanks dear

  19. the pics look nice....but i hate bananas

  20. hearing it for the first time...great going

  21. Wow Seena what a great way to cook banana! They look great I love the picture of the banana with the stuffing! Thanks :)

  22. Wow! this means lot of work! But great preparation seena! Lonely pictures too!:))

  23. Looks Yummm like our gulab jamoons..Nice recipe

  24. hii seena..

    i tried this out for ifthar and i must say it was sooo i had a problem with deep frying since they got stuck to the pan..wt can i do to prevent t frm getting stuck...

  25. Ammu, I used a non stick deep frying pan for frying this. And didn't find any problem like you said. Did you apply little oil on palms while making this? Thats good.If there is much water in the banana, after it is boiled, then there is a chance for getting stuck.. Hope you can make it well next time.. All the best! :)

  26. seena, do u use plantains or bananas for this?


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