Here is one of my all time favorite recipe for you. I love love and love anything with plantain. Kayi Ada/Unna kaya is one of the most popular snacks of Malabar. This delicious snack will be there on all occasions. Without Kayi ada and Erachi Ada (Malabar style Meat Pockets) no snack platters of Malabarians especially Kannur side will complete. These are king and queen of snacks of Malabar ;). This is one among the easiest ,yet delicious melt in your mouth snacks.
Sadly we won’t get this delicious and my favourite plantain here :(. I have to wait for vacation to indulge in this sweet beauty. These Kayi ada pictures I took when went home last December, and now I have to satisfy my self by seeing the pictures ;(.
Mashed plantains are stuffed with sweet filling, either coconuts or eggs, or else by mixing both eggs and coconuts. Both the ways it is yummilicious. Fried cashew nuts and raisins gives little crunchy and chewy texture.Dash of cardamom powder and ghee (clarified butter) gives mouthwatering aroma. How can someone not love this simple and delicious combo?!
Lets see the recipe……..
Health Tips :- (Source)
- Plantain is rich in dietary fibers which will helps to reduce constipation.
- They are rich in Vitamin B complex.
- They also provide good amount of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone health and helps in cardio vascular health as well.
- Plantain also a rich source of potassium, which is good for blood pressure control.
Serves – 20 to 22 Kayi ada
- Plantain – 1 Kg (Neither too ripe nor too raw)
- Eggs – 4 (big)
- Sugar – 6 table spoon
- Cashew Nuts chopped – 4 table spoon
- Raisins – 2 table spoon
- Cardamom Powder – 1 tea spoon
- salt – a pinch
- Ghee (Clarified butter) – 1 to 2 table spoon
- Oil – for deep frying
- Steam and cook the Plantain, then mash smoothly using a masher or grinder. (There should not be any lumps, it should be smooth and silky)
- In a bowl beat the egg,sugar, a pinch of salt and cardamom powder well until sugar dissolves completely.
- Heat a pan,add the ghee and fry chopped cashew nuts until light golden color. Then add raisins and saute until it bubbles up.
- Then pour the egg mixture and cook and scramble the egg well, then switch off the flame.
- Now grease your palm with oil, take a lemon sized mashed plantain(or the size you desire) and flatten it.
- Put a spoon of prepared scrambled egg in the centre, fold and make oval shape patties (as shown in the picture)
- complete the rest of the plantain and egg mixture as above.
- Heat the oil in a deep bottom frying pan in a medium flame, and fry all the Kayi ada/Unna kaya until golden brown color.
- Your yummy stuffed plantain fry is ready.
- Serve with a hot cup of tea/coffee… Bon appetit 🙂
Tips & Tricks :-
- Use medium ripe Plantain. If it is too ripe, you wont be able to make patties and also it will absorb more oil while frying. If the banana is under ripe, it won’t taste as good.
- Mashing the plantain to smooth is very important to make perfect shape without breaking.
- Coconut oil is used traditionally to fry the kayi ada, you can use your preferred oil though.
- Kayi ada/Unna kayi is freezer friendly snacks, which can be stored in the freezer for a week or two. If you are freezing thaw before frying.
- You can add grated coconut with egg mixture or avoid egg and use only coconut for vegetarian version.