After a visit to Karnataka today we are in Kerala an another South Indian state situated in Malabar Coast.This state is referred as God's Own Country.
Kerala is famous for its abundant coconut tree and other aromatic spices.
Coming to the cuisine it equally famous for both veg and non-veg recipes.
Sadya is a famous vegetarian meal served banana leaf along with sweet payasam served on auspious days such as Onam and Vishu.
Non veg recipes such as Malabar biriyani,chicken curry are equally popular in the state of Kerala.
As the state has abundance of coconut tress,it influences on their food culture and uses lot of coconut,coconut oil and milk.
Being tomorrow Vishu, and today Tamil New Year,wanted to share a popular sweet recipe,Ela Ada.This is one such easy sweet in which a sweetened coconut stuffing is covered with a rice flour dough on a banana leaf and steamed.
As I don't get banana leaf here used the parchment paper.This ela ada is offered as Prashadam in temples also.I followed the recipe from here,off to the recipe...........................................
Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Makes - 6-7
For the Outer Covering
|Rice flour/arisi maavu||1 cup|
|Boiling water||11/4-11/2 cups|
|Oil||2 tsp(for greasing)|
For the stuffing
|Cardamom powder/ellaki||1/8 tsp|
Keep the jaggery in a microwave safe bowl and add around 1/4 cup of water and melt it.After melting pass through a filter to remove the scum.Now add the grated coconut and mix it well.cook it for 3 minutes in a microwave high or till it becomes thick.Now add the cardamom powder and mix it well.The stuffing is ready.
Now take the rice flour in a bowl and add in salt.To this add the boiling water and with the help of spatula mix it well.It looks crumbly and wet the hands with cold water and mix it well to a soft dough.
Take the parchment paper and apply 2-3 drops of oil and grease it,now take a small lemon size rice flour dough and spread it as shown.Keep a spoon full of stuffing in the middle of it and fold it and gently press the sides to get closed properly.
Arrange it on a idly plate.Steam it in a idly pot for 7- 10 minutes or till gets cooked.
Serve it warm.
- The amount of water for the dough varies depending on the quality of the rice flour.
- The stuffing can be made in stove top also with the same procedure.