There are many cuisines that are very indigenous to Kerala and one of the most unique snack amongst them is Unnakayas.


Unnakaya’s taste lies in making the most out of simple and easy to find ingredients. It uses bananas, coconut and a gentle spattering of cardamom and raisins and magnifies each of their individual flavours in a scrumptious amalgamation. Its crispy exterior acts as the perfect shield for a sweet liquid mix inside that literally melts in your mouth after the first bite. This beauty from Malabar will surely be a hit at your home during teatime.


Banana – 2 no.
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Sugar – 2 tbsp.
Coconut Oil – 1 cup

Method of Preparation:


  • To begin, steam the bananas in a pressure cooker.
  • take a pan and heat it.
  • Put two tablespoons of sugar and add some water; just enough to soak the sugar. Stir well. Wait for the sugar to become syrupy.
  • add grated coconut.
  • add the raisins and mix nicely.
  • Add some cardamom and continue stirring. remove the pan from the fire.
  • Now take the steamed bananas out.
  • Make a paste out of it.
  • Take a small ball of that paste and spread it inside your palm. Apply some coconut oil on your palm, so that the ball will not stick.
  • Take some coconut-sugar-raisin mixture and place it inside the flattened banana paste.
  • Wrap it and gently pat with your fingers to give it a spindle shape.

    Once enough pieces are ready, heat some oil and fry the pieces. Golden brown Unnakayas are ready to go with your tea or coffee.