Pazham Varattiyathu ~ Roasted Plaintains in Coconut

Having mentioned many times how fussy my kids are when it comes to eating, some dishes really excite me since I know I will not get any negative remarks. Rasha is someone who keeps comparing my cooking to umma’s and keeps telling me that though my food is tasty, it is not upto umma’s cooking. I feel jealous while hearing that comment, but can’t ignore it too! Umma is a person of few dishes which she would make perfectly while I try to incorporate something new into food every now and then. Somehow, I feel the kids are not being able to accept that trend, which is why nowadays I am cooking off my known repertoire and experimenting less on food. Thankfully, I have amassed a lot of drafts in this period, so I can conveniently go on with this particular phase…


This is one snack that the kids love. They are a bit backward in eating their plantains – nenthrapazham in Malayalam – just like that, but give them in this form and they will finish it off without much fuss! There is no rocket science in this, but a simple stir-fry of ingredients which goes so well with a hot cup of tea. Umma would always make this when we have sudden guests and all we would receive back would be empty plates, much to our disappointment! Hehe… If you really look at the recipe, the only difference between this one and Kayayum Muttayum is the use of grated coconut instead of eggs! Off to the way it is made…



5 from 3 votes

Pazham Varattiyathu ~ Roasted Plaintains in Coconut

Course Snack
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 large plantains nenthrapazham, chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 5-6 cashew-nuts
  • 10-15 raisins
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom


  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Fry the cashew nuts and puff the raisins.
  • Add in the plantains and mix. Sprinkle in the sugar and cook till the plantains soften and start getting a slight brownish shade - do not burn.
  • Add in the coconut and stir fry for another 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in the cardamom and switch off.
  • Serve hot with a cup of hot chai!

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  1. Love to try this …Looks yum

    1. Thanks a lot Farheen,,,

  2. Simple and yet a great dish! Havent try this before

    1. Thanks a lot Shazzy…

    1. Thanks a lot Smitha…

  3. Feeling nostalgic … mother used to make this with out coconut and with a little sugar……. Feeling to grab them…. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  4. Pazham varattiyathu amma undakkum. missing. nostalgic post.

    1. Thank you so much Swathi…

  5. Recently came through yourblog Rafeeda..simple and good collection you have..I wonder being a working women and a mother of two how u are managing everything.
    This is a yummy it..keep doing the great job..

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Sheba…. hope you keep coming back… πŸ™‚

  6. looks very yummy..i'll love to taste this

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  7. Healthy n tasty luking roast.

    1. Thanks a lot Usha…

  8. I love this one.. such a delicious and quick snack.. yum!

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  9. Yummy recipe…and new to me will try it soon.

    1. Thank you so much Magee…

  10. Sounds delicious, This is new to me…Sure to try.

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  11. I am already feeling homesick as my parents left only 2 days back after visiting us…and this post is agin making me nostalgic…but u know what I am also gonna make it today with some ethapazham that they brought us πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Oh, I really know how it feels Anupa…. take care! Do make this for yourself and feel nice about it… hehe… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  12. My kids love steamed plantain as I like to serve them that way than frying it. Once in a while I fry them or shallow fry with some butter and turbinado sugar. They are good in any form. This recipe looks delicious with added coconut and cardamom.

    1. Thank you so much Shibi…

  13. 5 stars
    Rafeeda i am fan of your short and sweet recipes. This post is making me drool with all my favourite things on a plate.
    Love love love and love this absolutely scrumptious plantin prepration in Malabar Cuisine style.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lata…

  14. 5 stars
    Really nice recipe, will try it for sure. I love the diversity in Indian cuisine. Every region has such unique and hidden recipes to offer.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vandana…

  15. 5 stars
    Such a simple and delicious dessert Rafeeda. I’ve never had a banana dessert made this way – so thank you for sharing a traditional recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  16. What a delectable sweet dish Rafee! Let alone kids, I would eat this bowl in no time. I never knew about this traditional dish, such a simple and quick but definitely soul-satisfying dessert.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jagruti…

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