Kayi Curry ~ Malabar Sweet Plaintain Curry

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In Malabar, we cook a lot with plantains, aka kaaya, kaayi, nenthrapazham… it is known by various names. There are so many ways we recycle our ripe plantains – it becomes nirachathu, a part of paal vazhakka, a combination with  kooka or semiya, tossed up with eggs or with aval or just with coconut, as a part of puttu or becoming pradhaman, and how can we forget the favorite way of many Keralites – pazhampori and if it’s for the Malabar, then it’s unnakkaaya! I guess I have noted down all the ways that I have tried them into my cooking, even though there are many more ways, which InShaAllah, I will . Every Keralite will stock up their homes with ripe plantains, mainly because they are a very handy breakfast when you don’t want to cook anything and gets transformed into a snack, for unexpected guests! Such a versatile ingredient this is…

 

In my house too, we love plantains. Whenever my parents are coming or B goes for his super short trips, I am guaranteed a few kilos of unripe plantains, that would then sit on the counter-top, ripen and gets used within a couple of weeks, mostly eaten up as is! Sometimes, I have to hide some quantity to cook with it… 😀

 

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This recipe is quite similar to the Madhuracurry I shared on the blog a couple of years ago with some differences – even though the ingredient list is the same, this recipe has an addition of rice flour that makes the dish thick like a sauce. This was among one of our childhood favorites, which umma used to make when she was actually lazy to make the kadalapidi. The cooked chana dal, the soft plantains, the coconut milk thickened with the rice flour and the mild sweetness of the cardamom just gives this dish the completeness it has! I actually used to pray that umma makes this instead of the kari that was really not a favorite of mine. 😀

 

This was definitely among the forgotten dishes when I accidentally landed up on this link and was pushed off into a nostalgic era. Though the name may make it feel like a savory dish, no it isn’t! It is a mildly sweet dish, that makes you feel like you are getting a tight hug from your mother on a cold night… 😉 Off to the recipe…

 

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4.5 from 2 votes

Kayi Curry ~ Malabar Sweet Plaintain Curry

Course Dessert
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chickpea lentil/ bengal gram/ chana dal
  • 1/2 cup raw rice soaked for an hour
  • 1 coconut grated
  • 1 large ripe plantain
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Boil the lentils till done. Strain and set aside.
  • Drain the rice and grind the rice with one cup of water till smooth. If your blender is like mine not grinding smooth, then strain the mixture and set aside.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the coconut and grind. Extract the first milk and set aside.
  • Put back the squeezed coconut, add 4 cups of water and blend till smooth. Strain out the thin coconut milk.
  • Mix the ground rice mixture and thin coconut milk and start boiling the mixture.
  • As it heats, add the boiled lentils and chopped plaintains and cook till the mixture thickens and the plaintains are soft.
  • Add in the first coconut milk, sugar, cardamom and salt and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Serve warm.

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  1. I wish to taste it right now, my mouth watering

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Babitha…

  2. We have something like this called kandhi, I guess maldives has a lot of dishes passed down from the travellers who came from south india as we do have a lot of recipes similar to south indian dishes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh wow… that’s good to hear.. yes, I have seen so much similarity in many countries, with just some variations here and there… Thanks a lot Nammi…

  3. I love to try this.. looks yum

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Veena…

  4. A completely new curry for me…wish I could taste some!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  5. Never tried or tasted.. but sounds so interesting and me sure it’s very delicious. Definately would love to give it a try .. thanks for sharing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruchi…

  6. This looks so good. Your recipe are so authentic.
    I have never tried this dish ever but would love try it soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Afroz…

  7. 4 stars
    Super delicious and being a Keralite myself, I can totally understand the love for Nendrampazhams. Such desserts, as rightly described by you are as comforting as a Mom’s hug! Simple, delicious, made with love, super healthy ingredients and mildly sweet… that’s Kerala for you!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vidya for sharing the same feelings…

  8. Never had this before, looks super tasty!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beulah…

  9. Never tasted this..Looks really good..saving this to try later

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  10. A new dessert recipe for me. Lookwise perfect, I am sure it must have tasted yummy. clicks are beautiful.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Bhawana…

  11. Tasty and healthy,love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suja…

  12. This is awesome.. Never know with some simple ingredients a yummy dessert could be made..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  13. Looks very tasty.
    Visiting your blog after a long time. Nice collection of recipes dear.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Madhu…

  14. Looks delicious, all those ingredients are beautiful together!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Freda…

  15. this is a totally new way of cooking plaintain!!

    Loved it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Pankthi…

  16. There are a lot of things mention here that I am unfamiliar with. This is a first for me, but would love to try it. 👍👍👍

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Avin… 🙂

  17. Love the simple recipe! I love it when recipes are simple and easy to follow. I have never heard of it before! Thanks for all the info!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sonal…

  18. This is a new dish to me ..looks delicious..am sure it ill taste great

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lathiya…

  19. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and healthy. The addition of coconut milk does give a nice taste to the dish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  20. Rafeeda, I am little confused here, although the dish is sweet and I think it is dessert, the title says curry, so I was expecting a spicy curry recipe 🙂 You have posted such a delicious and tempting recipe, I have never heard or seen, so I must use your recipe and make soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… we use the word curry for anything that is thick, irrespective of whether it is spicy or sweet… Thank you so much Jagruthi… 🙂

  21. Indeed a simple and delicious recipe, Totally new to me, looks interesting!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati…

  22. It sounds more like a dessert than curry but surely very tempting. Have to try this for sure 😊

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana… 🙂

  23. Looks scrumptious Rafee! I can understand the love for nendram dear! I have a friend who long for a yumm Pazham pori which her father used to make!! You have a long list of nendram recipes, quite interesting !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

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