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Ela Ada | Ilai Adai | Steamed Sweet Rice Parcel in Banana Leaf
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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. The filing can be made with coconut jaggery puran or we can use jackfruit jaggery puran. In this recipe I have used jackfruit.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Festival Recipes, Sweet Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu Recipes
Servings: 16 Ela Ada
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


Ingredients for Outer Cover

  • 1 Cup Rice Flour 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • a Pinch Salt
  • 2 Cups Water

Ingredients for Filling

  • 1 Cup Grated Coconut
  • ¾ Cup Grated Jaggery Chopped
  • ½ Cup Jackfruit
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tsp Ghee


Prepare Filling

  • First lets prepare filling. In a sauce pan, add grated jaggery and 2 tablespoon water. Allow the jaggery to melt completely. 
  • In a pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and add the jackfruit pieces and sauté the jackfruit pieces in ghee for couple of minutes
  • Strain the jaggery juice in the pan and bring the jaggery juice to boil
  • Now add the grated coconut and stir well. Add cardamom powder and Keep stirring till the mixture becomes thick. Take this filling aside

Make Outercover Dough

  • In a pan add the rice flour and roast the rice flour till you get a nice aroma
  • 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
  • Take the roasted rice flour in a bowl. Add boiled water little by little and mix well to make a soft dough

Stuffing Process

  • 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
  • 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
  • Keep the filling on one side of the spread rice patti and fold the leaf and seal the edges

Steaming Process

  • In the same way, make leaf patties. We now need to steam these banana leaf rice parcels
  • Steam the banana leaf rice parcels for 3-4 mins. When you open the banana leaf, the rice parcels would have been cooked nicely 
  • Serve the delicious Ela Ada hot an enjoy the dish!



Serving: 1adai | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g