Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf

Ada or Ela Ada (Ilai Ada), is an Indian sweet and traditional Kerala delicacy, consisting of rice parcels encased in a dough made of rice flour, with sweet fillings, steamed in banana leaf. For Onam Sadya, many Keralites has a tradition to make Ela Ada. The sweet filling is usually the traditional coconut jaggery puran. But we also use chakka varatti as the filling. Making Chakka Varatti is a separate recipe so this will make the ela ada little complicated. So instead of chakka varatti, I used jackfruit pieces in the coconut-jaggery puran and used this delicious filling inside the rice pocket. Steaming in banana leaf gives a nice flavor to the dish. Those who living abroad who don't have an option of banana leaf can use parchment paper to steam the rice parcels.



Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf
Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf


Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Yield16
Recipe CategorySweet
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf
Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf

Ingredients for Outercover:
Rice Flour1 Cup*
Gingelly Oil1 Teaspoon
Salt1/4 Teaspoon
Water2 Cups

* 1 Cup = 250ml

For Filling:
Grated Coconut1 Cup
Grated Jaggery3/4 Cup
Chopped Jackfruit1/2 Cup
Cardamom Powder1/4 Teaspoon
Ghee1 teaspoon + Greasing banana leaf


Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf
Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf

Method:
  1. First lets prepare filling. In a sauce pan, add grated jaggery and 2 tablespoon water. Allow the jaggery to melt completely. 
  2. In a pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and add the jackfruit pieces and sauté the jackfruit pieces in ghee for couple of minutes
  3. Strain the jaggery juice in the pan and bring the jaggery juice to boil
  4. Now add the grated coconut and stir well. Add cardamom powder and Keep stirring till the mixture becomes thick. Take this filling aside
  5. In a pan add the rice flour and roast the rice flour till you get a nice aroma
  6. In another sauce pan, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add gingelly oil and salt and stir well. The the water starts to boil, switch off the flame
  7. Take the roasted rice flour in a bowl. Add boiled water little by little and mix well to make a soft dough
  8. Take banana leaf, cut out the thick stem. If we use with the steam, then while folding the leaf will tear out. We can heat the leaf slightly to prevent it from getting torn
  9. Grease the banana leaf with little ghee. Make lemon size ball out of the rice dough and place in on the greased leaf. Wet your hands and spread the rice dough ball to a thin patti
  10. Keep the filling on one side of the spread rice patti and fold the leaf and seal the edges
  11. In the same way, make leaf patties. We now need to steam these banana leaf rice parcels
  12. Steam the banana leaf rice parcels for 3-4 mins. When you open the banana leaf, the rice parcels would have been cooked nicely 
  13. Serve the delicious Ela Ada hot an enjoy the dish!
  14. Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf
    Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf

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Good Morning Mami
we kerala folks don't make dough like kozhakattai dough. Instead we grind fresh dough like dosa dough and spread it on the leaves (should be little thicker) and put the filling before closing and then steam it.

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