Ela ada | Vazhayila ada | Ila ada with detailed step by step pics and video recipe. Ilayada is a traditional Kerala sweet/snack which is made with rice flour/raw rice and coconut-jaggery filling. Steamed rice packets with sweet filling.
We always prepare it whenever there is leftover banana leaves at home after a sadhya. Ela ada is favourite snack for everyone at our home that we make it very often. There are many variations to it and method of cooking differs slightly across different regions of Kerala. Il post all these variations soon for you. Do try it and let me know how it is !
Variations to it:
It can also be made with brown rice or wheat flour instead of rice flour. Some even use health mix powder/sathumaavu to make ela ada.
filling variations: cardamom powder can be added to the mix
Jaggery can be melted and coconut can be added to melted jaggery or grated jaggery and grated coconut can be filled in as such.
Few recipes use ripe nendran banana. Mash them and add it along with jaggery and coconut.
Some of my relatives make it just with coconut and cane sugar or just white sugar instead of jaggery.
Raw rice can be soaked and ground to thick paste and used instead of rice powder. Taste definitely varies. I prefer grinding it fresh.
quick video of how to make Elayada with rice powder /ari podi:
Ela ada pictorial directions with raw rice:
Soak Raw rice for 3-4 hours.
Grind it with salt and sugar with very little water to a thick paste.
Let it sit for 30 min to get hardened. It will come to a sticky paste like consistency.
Meanwhile, grate the jaggery and coconut. Cut banana leaves into rectangles and apply ghee all over..
Apply oil over your hands and scoop a ball out of the sticky paste.
Place it on the banana leaves and flatten it gently to form a thin layer over the leaf
Put in grated coconut and jaggery over it on one side. Fold the leaf from the other side.
Steam cook for 15-20 min until its well cooked and leaves out banana leaf easily. You will get a fresh aroma of banana leaf getting cooked. Its when the dish is done.