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Ela Ada filled with Coconut and Jaggery...step by step.

I am going to be healthy in this post. Ada is a favorite among malayalees and whenever I make ada it takes me back to my school days. Amma used to make this as an evening snack and it is so healthy unlike other bakery snacks. My kids love ada so yesterday I made ada as an after school surprise. It’s been quite sometime since I baked something though demands for a cookie or a cake is arising on and off. Coming back to ada, it is healthy as it is of fine rice powder, jaggery, and coconut. The best thing about Ada is there is no oil in it. Plantain or banana leaves is needed for this which is so readly available throughout Kerala. Rice powder which is used for pattiri or idiyappam should be used. Just boil water and pour it into the rice flour like you make pattiri and mix well with a spoon. When it is cooled mix with hand and make it into medium sized balls. I have created a collage for better understanding. So let’s get healthy.


Rice flour: 2 cups.
Water: As needed.

Put some water to boil. Mix rice flour with salt and pour the boiled water into it and mix well with a spoon to make it into a dough. Let it cool.

Coconut scrapings: 1 cup.
Jaggery scrapings: Enough to mix the coconut.
A pinch of cardamon powder.


Mix coconut, jaggery, and cardamon powder and keep it aside.
Take the cooled rice flour dough and mix well with hand.
Cut banana leaves into squares and put a ball of dough into the middle of the leaf and press with hand dipped in water.

Put 2 tbsp of coconut mix into it and fold the leave into half and again press with hand.

Put into a steamer and steam for 20 min. Serve hot.

So healthy and traditional.



    1. Maybe the flour was too much....or too hard!


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