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July 13, 2013 | by Shalima Sidhik
Kerala Recipe : Kayappola

Kerala Recipe : Kayappola Whenever your friend or relatives surprise you with a visit, what is the first thing you look for in the kitchen? Well… most of the keralites look for Plantains (Ethapazham). There are no limit to the delectable dishes you can make with those. Deep fry, shallow fry in ghee, Fry with […]

Kerala Recipe : Kayappola

Whenever your friend or relatives surprise you with a visit, what is the first thing you look for in the kitchen? Well… most of the keralites look for Plantains (Ethapazham).

There are no limit to the delectable dishes you can make with those. Deep fry, shallow fry in ghee, Fry with coconut.. The list goes on…

Being from Ernakulam, I had no idea about the delicious dishes from Malabar. If not for nothing else, I will always be thankful to my Malabari friends from college for introducing me to the amazing flavorful dishes.

Kayappola was one of my favorite snacks during my college days. I had the first bite of it from my roomie who was originally from Tellicherry. So for me, it is a tellicherry specialty. I love this snack for 2 reasons.

  1. The simplicity of it’s ingredients yet the richness.
  2. The simplicity of cooking it yet the amazing taste.

Here it goes…

Ingredients

  1. Egg – 8
  2. Plantains – 2
  3. Sugar – 1.5 cups
  4. Ghee

The ratio of plantain to egg is always 1:4. And the amount of sugar depends on how sweet you want it to be.

Method

  • Beat all the eggs in a bowl.
  • Cut the plantain into circular pieces.
  • Shallow fry it in ghee.
  • Mash them and put them in the beaten eggs.
  • Now is the best part. There are 2 ways in which Kayappola can be made:
    • The original and the way I prefer is to cook stovetop. Stovetop : Heat a tawa with depth and add ghee into it. Pour the batter into the tawa and cook covered in low-medium flame. Patience will be rewarded with a juicy Kayappola.
    • You can bake it as well which is the modern and healthier option. Oven : Preheat the oven to 350 F or 175 C . Pour the batter into a baking tray and bake till it is evenly cooked.

Voila…. Kerala Recipe Kayappola is all ready to eat.

NOTE :

  1. Cook in low flame so that it is properly cooked without burning it.
  2. Make sure it is not overcooked in order not to miss the ‘juicy’ part.
  3. You want something crunchy, feel free to throw in some cashews, raisins.
  4. In case you run out of plantains, use carrot instead and make Carrotpola. It taste as good as Kayappola. Make sure you grate the carrot nicely.

Go ahead and have fun cooking this Kerala Recipe !!!

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Image Courtesy :experimentwithtaste.blogspot.com

Shalima Sidhik

A software engineer turned house wife who is a trained classical dancer in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kuchipudi and Keralanatanam. A great cook who experiments with lot of flavors. Currently happily taking care of her baby and husband and experimenting with photography and malabari dishes.

4 Comments
  • Awesome!hearing abt dis recipe fr d 1st time shalu luks yummyyyy!btw..cud u pls gimme an eggless recipe fr d same..like mayb wid custard or smthn lke dat…u knw njangal pachakaris oly;)…lolz

    • Hi Keechu,

      Thank you so much. As you can see, the main component is egg. So it is quite impossible to make ‘kayappola’ without eggs. All polas are made of eggs. Kaya or carrot..And hence if you substitute the egg, i am not sure it can be called as a pola.. :D . Egg is the only binding factor. But I assure you, I’ll try my maximum to include the vegan options from now on… But certain recipes are just unchangeable. Sorry about that :(

  • I tried making Kayapola as per your recipe,pakshe cheeti poyi…
    One doubt .. Should we keep stirring the batter while heating? Without stirring,the batter its gettng burnt and when stirred, its turning out like egg fry (Uperri types) unlike the cake form displayed in ur article pic.
    Wat to do?
    And pls do post authentic Muslim easy-to-make recipes.. Keep going…

  • Hi Bipin,

    Thanks for trying out the recipe.

    Put the heat on low and pour the batter… Do not stir and it will come out good… make sure the heat is low… patience is all you need. Cook it closed with the lid on… And yes the bottom will be burnt a li’l but that is how it is supposed to be… if you look at the pic.. just make sure the heat is low… . Good luck for the next try. :)

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