Ila Ada

Ila Ada is a traditional South Indian  (Kerala) delicacy. It is a healthy leaf parcel, having steamed rice flour filled with sweet coconut. It is simple easy to make at home and a healthy start for the great day.  Usually banana leaves are used for making parcels; For variety of taste or lack of banana leaves; you can also use fresh bay leaves, turmeric leaves, aluminium foil or even butter paper. Check my Kumbilappam recipe that i posted in the past year; which is another variety of ada recipe using bay leaves(vazhanayila).
          Here is the recipe of making ila ada with handful ingredients along with a pic collage of step wise preparation.
  1. Roasted rice flour-1 cup
  2. Salt-to taste
  3. Coconut grated-1 cup
  4. Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
  5. Jaggery- 3 to 4 cubes (As per sweetness)
  6. Banana leaves-few square pieces
  • Melt jaggery with 1/4 cup of water; when it melts completely strain the syrup to avoid any impurities.
  • Heat the syrup again until reaches a thick sauce consistency (sticking on hands).
  • Switch off the flame and quickly mix it with grated coconut and cardamom powder. (it should be thick not watery; if watery; heat it again until thickens.)
  • Mix roasted rice flour with salt; add water little by little and knead to a smooth dough (not hard or not too sticky).
  • Divide the dough in to 4 or 5 equal parts.
  • Take a cleaned (washed and wipe) banana leaf; place a ball of dough and flatten it using your wet fingers to a square shape as thin as possible.
  • Now in the one half spread  a part of coconut filling evenly.
  • Fold the banana leaf from one end to another and stick them by pressing gently.
  • Make all the parcels in this way.
  • Steam cook them for about 10 minutes.
  • Gently unwrap the banana leaves and enjoy the taste of Ada.
You can use hot or cold water for making the dough, but the rice powder must be roasted.
Grated pure jaggery can use instead of thick syrup.

Ila Ada Ila Ada Reviewed by fejnaem on 21:20 Rating: 5

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