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Author Notes: Unnakkai is delicious combination of kerala bananas with coconut . It is served as a tea time snack or as part of Kerala breakfast spread. —Chinnu Susan Kurian
Makes 15 unnakkai
- 3 Kerala bananas (big banana)
- 2 cups Grated Coconut
- 5 tablespoons Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Ghee
- 2 pinches Cardamom powder
- 3 tablespoons Ghee for frying
- Steam the bananas with the skin on . If using a pressure cooker keep it for 2 whistles or otherwise tills it's well cooked . Once the bananas are cooked , remove the skin and let it cool . Mash the bananas with fork. It should be the consistency of mashed potatoes,
- Heat two table spoons of ghee in a frying pan . Add grated coconut , sugar and cardamom powder to the pan. Sauté till sugar melts and remove from fire.
- Make 15 lemon sized balls with the mashed bananas. Lightly grease your hands and flatten the banana ball to a circle the size of your palm approximately . Now put a tablespoon of the filling into the centre of flattened banana and close it by joining the edges. Shape it into spindle shaped dumplings . Follow the same with the rest of the balls.
- Heat 3 tablespoon of ghee in frying pan and shallow fry these dumplings till they turn golden brown. Serve warm with tea.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Coconut