Wednesday, 14 May 2014

ela ada / elayappam / sweet wrapped in plantain leaf

Ela ada is a traditional sweet dish prepared in Kerala.  It is made of coconut and jaggery which is kept inside a layer made out of rice flour, wrapped in a banana leaf and then  steam cooked.  The smell of the dish cooked in banana leaf is awesome and healthy.  Here ela stands for "leaf" and ada stands for "steamed flat cake".  Ela ada is a favourite in my family and is made very often.  Kids also have it with great pleasure and since it is steam cooked it is better compared to the other fried stuffs which is served in the evening.  The outer covering can be prepared using wheat flour or with maida.  But at home, it is a usual practise of using rice flour for making ada.. Now to the recipe.. Hope you like it. For other Kerala recipes visit here.

 Ingredients required

for dough
rice flour 1 cup
boiling wateras required
oil1 teaspoon
salt a pinch
banana leaf4 - 6

for filling
grated coconut 1 cup
powdered jaggery1/2 cup
ghee 2 teaspoon
cardamom powder1/4 teaspoon


1. To prepare dough

  1.  In a bowl, add rice flour and salt.  Mix it well.  Pour boiling water little by little and mix well using a spatula.  Let it cool and knead it form a soft dough.


2.  For filling

   1.  Heat a pan.  Add jaggery and 1/4 cup of water. Let the jaggery dissolve completely.  Strain it to remove impurities.

    2.  Wash the pan to remove other impurities and pour the syrup back into the pan.  Bring it to boil on medium heat. 

   3.  Once it reaches one string consistency, add grated coconut and keep stirring. 

   4.  Stir until the moisture is gone. 
   5.  Remove from flame.  Mix 2 teaspoon of ghee to it and allow it to cool.

3.  To wilt the banana leaf

   1.  Take banana leaves without the middle vein (called ela cheendu)
   2.  Wash it and wipe it nicely.
   3.  Place one leaf at a time on gas flame, flip and turn the leaf periodically so that the leaf gets wilted. 

4.  Preparing ada

   1.  Grease the plantain leaf with ghee.
   2.  Take lemon sized portion of dough and place it on the banana leaf.  Flatten it using your finger tips.  (If dough is sticking to your fingers, dip fingers in water once in a while and then try to spread the dough. )


   3.  Place a tablespoon of prepared filling onto one half of the rice layer and fold it gently pressing the edges inorder to seal it.  Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.

   4.  Place it in a steamer and steam cook for 10 - 15 minutes.
   5.  Let it cool slightly before serving.

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Enjoy cooking and serving


  1. love this anytime..looks delish !!

  2. oh i love ny sweets,but i cant stop eating just one .

  3. Very tasty and yummy looking, i love coconut's recipes

  4. Great recipe and looks tempting :)

  5. Beautiful traditional recipe,very healthy too

  6. Beautiful traditional recipe,very healthy too

  7. Looks very hubby's fav..

  8. we make this for Eid every year... love it...

  9. Looks great. we love it a lot :)

  10. We make it similarly but we use turmeric leaves to wrap it.. Love this..

  11. we to make it.. i just love it..

  12. wow...super tempting:)
    Looks yummy

  13. Awesome and one of my favorite...:-)

  14. I love this ela ada very much, my favourite anytime.