Unnakaya is a snack made with steamed, mashed & filled medium ripe bananas.
It should not be over brown or over ripe too. Traditionally ghee is used to deep fry the stuffed bananas .
The filling is made with eggs, grated coconut, sugar, cashews, raisins and cardamom. For those who do not like eggs, may make the filling by adding more grated coconut and cashews.
1) Banana – 3 nos.
2) Sugar – 2-3 table spoon
3) Grated coconut – 1 cup
4) Chopped cashews – 1/2 cup
5)Raisins – 2 table spoon
6)Cardamom -3-4 pods
7) Ghee or Coconut oil for frying
Cut the banana into quarters and steam it in a steamer. Allow it to cool.cut the bananas into lengthwise and remove the black skin. Then mash the bananas till it becomes a smooth paste using with your hands or using a masher.
Fry grated coconut using sugar till slight brown, then fry cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom separately. After cooling the items , slightly pulse coconut, cashews, and cardamom then mix it with raisins and keep aside.
Then grease your palm slightly and take a small portion of banana dough, about the size of a lemon and flatten it on your palm or shape it in the shape of a basket. Put a teaspoon of the filling on the middle of it and roll the dough into the shape of Unnakkaya . Over stuffing the dough may make it difficult to cover the sides. Heat oil in a pan and shallow / deep fry till golden brown colour.