Malabar Tasty Unnakkaya, Try this for Ramadan

What meal course is complete without desserts? Check out this Malabar sweet.



This is a traditional sweet snack consumed mainly in the northern part of Kerala during Ramadan. It is made from plantains and rice flakes.


  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 2 crushed cardamoms
  • 2 tbsp raisins, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp rice flakes
  • Sugar
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts, powdered


  • Boil the plantains and then mash. Keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a shallow pan and fry cashew nut powder, chopped raisins, coconut and cardamom.
  • Add sugar to sweeten the mixture.
  • Add rice flakes to the mixture and blend all the ingredients with a spoon.
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then sprinkle some cardamom powder.
  • Oil your palms and form small balls of mashed plantains.
  • Make a hole in the plantain balls with your thumb and stuff the coconut and rice flakes mixture into it. Seal the hole and shape the balls into cylinders.
  • Deep fry the plantain balls until golden yellow.
  • Serve unnakkaya hot. You do not need an accompaniment with this dish. It is delicious by itself.


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