June 25, 2016

Bread Kai Pola - Malabar Iftar recipe

It is simply amazing how simple ingredients come together to form a perfect cuisine. This Pola recipe combines egg with bread and plantain to form a delectable snack. It was only recently that I was introduced to Malabar cuisines and I am loving them. I definitely intend to try more of the Malabar flavors.
Quite co-incidentally, during my recent visit to India, my aunt, in order to save overripe plantains from rotting away introduced me to this recipe. I liked the combination and ventured to add bread also into the recipe to make it a wholesome dish.


Here is the recipe - a simple quick win snack.

  1. Eggs - 5 no.s
  2. Plantain - 4 medium size
  3. Bread - 6 slices
  4. Sugar - 2 tbsp
  5. Milk - 1/4 cup
  6. Salt - 1 pinch
  7. Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
  8. Ghee - 2 - 3 tbsp
  9. Cashewnuts - 2 tbsp chopped
  10. Raisins - 2 tbsp

Cut the plantain into cubes and shallow fry them in ghee until the yellow color of the plantain begins to turn brown. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins in the same ghee and keep aside.

Chop the bread into small squares. I used brown bread as the healthier option, you could substitute with white bread as well.

Break open the eggs and beat it well along with the milk, salt, sugar and cinnamon powder.

Add the fried plantains and the bread squares into the beaten eggs.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet and grease it with ghee. Pour in the mixture to the pan, top it with raisins and cashew and heat on low flame covered for 5 minutes. 

Pre-heat the oven for ten minutes at 180 degree centigrade and transfer the skillet to the oven at the same temperature.

Bake it uncovered until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Remove it from the oven and keep it covered with a aluminium foil for ten minutes before slicing and serving it.


You may also note - 
  1. The riper the plantains you use, the better the taste
  2. You could try a combination of fried and fresh plantains for better flavors
  3. Once you add the bread squares, transfer to skillet immediately in order to prevent the bread from absorbing the entire mixture.

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