Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
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Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf.
Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp.
Ela means leaf, and this sweet rice pancake is named so because it gets a special aroma and flavour by being steamed in banana leaves.
The Ela Ada is a very famous and favourite dish in Kerala, and is made by Keralites wherever in the world they are. Serve it as an evening snack with a cup of hot milky tea!
You can also try other recipes like Banana Pongal or Paal Payasam .
- Combine the jaggery and ¼ cup of water in a broad non-stick, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the coconut and cardamom powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes, while stirring continuously.
- Switch off the flame, add ghee and mix well. Keep aside.
- Combine the rice flour, salt and ghee in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough adding enough hot water using a spoon and then once cooled slightly use your hands and knead well. Keep aside.
- Divide the jaggery stuffing into 6 equal portions. Keep aside.
- Wet your fingers with little water and divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
- Place a banana leaf on a clean, dry surface, put a little water on it and spread it evenly. Place a portion of the dough on it and pat the dough to flatten it to make a 150 mm. (6”) diameter circle. If you find it difficult to spread it you can lightly dip your fingers in water and then continue.
- Place a portion of the jaggery stuffing in the centre of the circle.
- Fold along with the banana leaf to seal it and make a semi-circle.
- Press the edges well by pressing with your fingers to seal it completely.
- Repeat steps 3 to 6 to make 5 more ela adas.
- Steam 2 ela adas in a steamer for 12 to 15 minutes or till done.
- Remove the ela adas from the steamer and cool slightly.
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 to cook 4 more ela adas.
- Serve warm.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per ela ada
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