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Banana Pola

Banana pola is a traditional malabar snack. Also known as kaipola ,it is a sweet snack with banana and egg as the core ingredients. It is an ideal tea time snack as well as ifthar snack. It is definitely a healthy sweet snack for kids.

Preparation time : 7 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. Big Banana/ plantain (ripe)  – 2 (peel and cut into square pieces)
  2. egg – 4
  3. milk – 1 cup
  4. cornflour – 2 tablespoon
  5. cardomom powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. sugar – 8-10 teaspoon
  7. ghee – 3 tablespoon

Method :

Step 1 : Heat 1-2 tablespoon of ghee in a pan . saute banana in it until it turns golden brown. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and combine well. Remove from flame.


Step 2 : Blend together eggs , milk, cornflour , cardomom powder and sugar in a blender. (Tip : mix cornflour in a small amount of milk well before putting it into the blender)


Step 3 : Transfer it into a mixing bowl. Add sautéed banana pieces into it. Stir it well


Step 4 : Heat a pan and grease it with ghee well. pour the mixture so that it covers the entire pan. Cook it covered on low flame for about 20 minutes (or until its bottom turns golden brown)


Step 5 : Turn it over and cook for another 5-10 minutes (to give golden brown color on both the sides)


Turning over tip : To flip over, Place a plate on top of the pan. Turn it over so that the banana pola falls on to plate. Then slowly transfer it back to the pan .

Once it is cooked, Cool it down. Cut it into desired shapes and sizes and serve.

Note :

  1. you can either prepare 2 thin banana pola or one thick banana pola using the above mentioned quantity of ingredients. In case, you wish to make 2 thin banana pola, repeat the above steps twice with 2 equal portion of the mixture.
  2. If you wish to, you made also add fried nuts to the mixture to enhance the taste.


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Ramadan ideas

Chicken Masala filling

As the blessed month of ramadan is around the corner, all the muslim kitchen will be  busy in pre-ramadan preparations. This helps in reducing the amount of time spent in kitchen during the fasting period . During ifthar , a snack is compulsory in most of the houses. This chicken masala filling is a ‘multi-purpose’ filling which can be used in chicken samosa, chicken puff, chicken cutlet , bread sandwich , malabar style chatti pathiri (layered masala pancake) , chicken cheese balls etc. I usually prepare this before ramadan starts and store in small containers(just enough for a single iftar ) in the freezer . On the day I plan to use the filling, I take it out of the freezer and give enough time to cool to room temperature. Then use it to make the desired snack for the day.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes


  1. boneless chicken  – 450 gms
  2. onion – 6 medium (chopped)
  3. ginger-garlic paste – 2 teaspoon
  4. green chilly – 3 (slit)
  5. coriander powder – 2 teaspoon
  6. garam masala powder – 1.5 teaspoon
  7. turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  8. lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  9. pepper – 1.5 teaspoon
  10. salt
  11. oil
  12. curry leaves – little
  13. coriander leaves – to garnish

Method :

Step 1 : Clean and cut the boneless chicken into medium pieces. cook the chicken pieces with  pepper and salt. let it cool. Then shred it. Keep it aside.

Step 2 : In a deep pan, pour 5-6 tablespoon oil. saute finely chopped onions until translucent. put 5-6 curry leaves. Saute ginger-garlic paste until raw smell disappears . Then slit the green chillies and add to the above.

Step 3 : Add coriander powder , garam masala powder ,turmeric powder and salt. Combine well. add lime juice and mix well.

 Step 4 : Finally add shredded chicken pieces. Mix it really well. garnish with coriander leaves. remove from flame.

watermark_2019-05-01-21-59-241583021112421651658.jpgLet the Chicken masala filling cool down . Transfer in into small air tight containers and freeze it.

Take a container when required from the freezer. Cool it down to room temperature. Then use it to make your choice of snack.

-> fill the masala in samosa sheet and deep fry it

-> Fill the masala in puff pastry and fold it into desired shape. brush it with egg white and bake it in a pre-heated oven of 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until it puffs up well.

-> Place the masala in between 2 slices of bread .Then grill it or pan roast it using butter.

-> Mix the masala with mozzarella cheese. shape it into small balls. Dip it in egg and roll it over breadcrumbs. Then deep fry it to get golden cheesy chicken balls.

-> Mix the masala with boiled and mashed potatoes. Shape it into cutlets. then dip it in egg and roll it over breadcrumbs. Shallow fry in a greased pan to get delicious chicken cutlet.

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