This is a very tasty snack which almost everyone in our family likes to eat and my mom makes it on our taste.My sis-in-law is fond of kaayadas and she eats around 100s of it when she is with chemmannur umma..he he he..This fills our stomach and is also a very healthy food......
Large Plantains (half riped)- 4
Eggs - 5
Sugar - 5 tbs
Kismis - 15
Cashew nuts - 15
Crushed cardamom - 1 tsp
Freshly grated coconut (Optional) - 1/2 cup
Oil for frying
1. Steam cook the plantains with the skin on until soft.
2. Once they are completely cooked and soft, grind them into smooth in a food processor in two or three batches without using any water. Make sure you dont grind them to puree.Set them aside.
3. For preparing the filling, Break the eggs and add sugar to it. Mix well with spoon. Sugar doesnt have to dissolve. Keep them aside too.
4. Heat a large frying pan, add oil and add the chopped cashews.When they gets a golden colour, fish them out and drain them on a kitchen towel. To the same pan, add the raisins and leave there for few seconds until they puff like little balls.Take them out and keep them along with the cashews.
5. In the same pan, add the egg - sugar mixture, coconut, raisins and nuts and scramble them by stirring continuously until the egg is completely cooked. Add the crushed cardamom and stir well.
6. While the plantains are still warm, grease both hands and make small balls out of it. You should be able to get around 20-25 balls with this amount.
7. Flatten the balls into disk shapes of about 3/4 cm thickness, by placing the plantain ball in one hand and flattening it using the fingers of other hand.
8. Place 1 tbs of filling inside and seal the edges. Dont put too much of filling in; else it will be difficult to seal them. Smooth the stuffed plantain balls in to rugby ball shapes by rolling it in hand. Make sure there are no cracks anywhere. Grease your hand well, incase needed to avoid the mashed plantains sticking to your hand. Do the same with the rest of the planatains and filling
9. Place a kadai/deep frying pan on medium heat and add oil. When the oil is hot enough, Add few kaayadas at a time and fry until light browned on all sides. Drain and serve warm as a tea time snack.