Monday, 6 October 2014

Ela ada / Ilayada /Steamed rice cake in banana leaf wrap

Ela ada / Ilayada /Steamed rice cake in banana leaf wrap

Ela adsa is a traditional Kerala dish.It is made of rice flour coconut and jaggery.Rice flour dough in banana leaf  stuffed with coconut jaggery mixture!It can be considered as a a snack or break fast.


  • Rice flour :  1 cup
  • Hot water : As required
  • Banana leaf : 5 medium sized pieces
  • Salt

For stuffing :

  • Grated coconut : 1 cup
  • Grated jaggery : 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder : 1/4 tspn
  • Ghee / oil : to grease the leaf


  • Clean the banana leaf and grease each leaf with oil /ghee.
  • Mix jaggery coconut and cardamom powder well.

  • Make a dough with ricce flour salt and hot water.It should be like chapathi dough.Keep aside

  • Now take a lemon sized ball of rice dough and keep it in the center of leaf and spread it with your hand.

  • Spread the jaggery mixture on it and fold the leaf in half.

  • Repeat the same for all the adas
  • Place the ada in a steamer or idly pot
  • Keeep the stove in simmer mode for 7 to 10 minute.
  • Open the steamer and check..Yummy ela ada isready to serve with hot tea!

Ela ada / Ilayada /Steamed rice cake in banana leaf wrap
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  1. We call it Gathi in Karnataka.
    Its made of jack fruit too..without the stuffing

    Nice work in bringing those recipes out..

    1. Happy to know the name is new to me...we too make it with jack fruit but adding more ingredients like jeera dry ginger powder etc..

  2. Lovely recipe! Never tried this.

  3. beautifully made i am really loving the nice texture if steamed rice cake :)

  4. steamed food are always healthy

  5. Something similar to our kuih koci, which we scent with screw pine leaves. Its also one of my fav because of the coconut filling.

    1. Thank you for giving information about kuih is new to me :)

  6. Looks great. I bet the banana leaf adds some great flavor.

  7. Lovely ada...........made beautifully........

  8. Looks so good,Iam going to try,thanks

  9. Thanks for the recipe will definitely try it. Never had one before.


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