Sep 4, 2015

Malabar Unnakkaya Recipe - Unnakaya Recipe - Banana Fritters with Sweet Coconut Filling

This is one dish impressed me as soon as i saw it. Immediately i decided to give it a try, it is so easy and can be made with few ingredients which you have on hand. I tried it and it turned out so good.

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This recipe is a malabar delicacy, there is another version of this dish, in which they add eggs in the filling. But i leaved egg and made it completely vegetarian.

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 30 mins
Makes : 8 
Recipe Source: Sujitha Easycooking


Ripe Banana / Nendrapazham - 4

Oil for deep frying

For Filling:

Ghee - 1 tblspn
Coconut - 2 cup grated
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai podi - 1/2 tsp
Cashews - 2 tblspn
Raisans / Kishmish - 2 tblspn


Cut the banana in half. Place it in steamer and steam for 10 to 15 mins.Now let the banana cool a bit, peel off the skin and mash it well. Divide it into equal portion and set aside.

In a pan, melt ghee, add in cashews and raisan and fry for a min.

Add in coconut and toss well. Add in sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well till the sugar start to melts.

Remove it to a bowl and let it cool a bit.

Now take one portion of the banana dough, flatten it and spoon some coconut filling in, cover it well and seal it.

Deep fry it in oil till golden. Drain onto tissue.


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Take nendrapazham

cut it in half

steam cook till is cooked

peel the skin off

mash it well

now it is well mashed up

knead well to a dough

divide it into equal portions

Take your filling ingredients

Heat ghee in a pan

add in cashews and raisans

fry for a min

add in coconut

toss for a min

add in little sugar

add in cardamom powder

mix well

now the mix is done

spoon this into a bowl

take a ball

flatten it lightly

spoon some filling in the center

cover from both sides

seal the edges

shape it into a log shape

all done

drop in oil

fry till golden

drain it


Taste so yummy with a cup of chai or milk


  1. should we use only nendraphazam or any banana will do

  2. Aarathichechi.. nice try.. I think this is ur first try in unnakai.. actually this is nt a perfect shape and a perfect unnakai.. anyways.., am a big fan of urs... tnx for all ur receipies... ur post is a motivation for all those who dnt knw abt cooking and lyk to cook... great job..

  3. Can v use other varieties of banana?

  4. @Anonymousnendrapazham is what used in this. not sure about other bananas


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