Palazthappam is a similar dish to that of the malabari dish unnakkai . But
here we stuff it with keema filling . Unnakkais are stuffed with coconut
and dry fruits . This recipe exists only in the Coimbatore , Palghat
region among the ravuthar Muslim community . The sweet tanginess with the
spicy meat filling is so heavenly . I bet no one can stop with one .
steam the plantains and cook till they slit . Do not over cook . Cool and
remove the black pith . Mash the plantains with out water in a mixer to
get a tight dough .
Set aside . Pressure cook the minced meat with salt to taste , ginger
paste and garam masala powder till cooked .
Boil the minced meat till all the moisture has evaporated and set aside .
How to proceed ; make lime sized balls with the plantain dough . Flatten
each ball into round shaped circles . ( like poories , my mother used the
poorie press keeping the plaintain ball inbetween two greased plastic
sheets , this was so much easier than doing by hands ) place 1 1/2
tablespoons of minced meat mixture in the Center of flattened plantain
Close the circle from one side to get a semi circle shaped palazthappam .
Fold and press the edges gently to close the palazthappams . Do the same
with the remaining plaintain dough and stuffing mixture .
Heat oil ( coconut oil adds more taste ) to deep fry . Drop the
palazthappam s one at a time into hot oil and fry to golden brown colour
and a bit crisp .
Drain and serve as it is . Yummy sweet , sour , tangy , hot palazthappams
are ready to be eaten .
Notes: The plantain should 3/4 ripe and 1/4 raw .
Ingredients: 500 gm Kerala plantain ( ripeness is very important , as too ripe ones
will become watery and hard to shape . Not to ripe ones will be hard to
shape and not sweet enough )
salt to taste
Coconut oil or vegetable oil to deep fry
Ingredients for stuffing:
1/4 kg minced meat ( mutton only )
8 onions chopped finely
6 green chillies chopped finely
1/2 coriander leaves bunch chopped finely
1/4 tsp ginger paste
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp coconut oil