Ela Ada - Kerala

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...........................................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Makes - 6-7


For the Outer Covering

Rice flour/arisi maavu1 cup
Salt1/2 tsp
Boiling water11/4-11/2 cups
Oil2 tsp(for greasing)

For the stuffing

Coconut(grated)3/4 cup
Jaggery/vellam1/2 cup
Cardamom powder/ellaki1/8 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.


looks sooo tempting n mouthwatering....lovely clicks

Wow! Nice! We make these with turmeric leaves in Maharashtra. Amazing how the cuisine is so similar. Lots of rice and coconut may be the reason.

nice alternative to ela.. Ada looks so tasty

oh that is so delicious... love this one... so healthy and such a beautiful sweet!!!

I can have some rite now, soo tempting and delicious ela ada, u need to prepare a parcel for me Nalini.

they look so beautiful..very soft and delicate...very well presented!

First I thought to try this ela ada recipe but I dropped making this because the plantain leaves and I stumbled upon your idea using parchment paper..Will soon try your method..

Cute looking adas. Even I made the same. We just loved it...

i love the filling in the ela ada

I am craving for this. I should prepare this sometime.

Oh how I love these..yours have turned out so well Nalini..this is the second ela ada and as I said this reminded of me the time when we did in a huge amount!..

with those stuffing ingredeints, these must taste awesome

Using parchment paper is a great tip in place of banana leaf -- they look perfectly made.

Looks perefect. In Goa they ar emde over fresh turmeric leaves and in the rains.

This looks like a classic recipe. Your ada turned out perfect and want to grab one from the plate.

Just yum. I so badly wanted to try them but couldn't because of non availability of banana leaves locally. I was thinking of using parchment paper and now I see that you have done it, guess I can go ahead. :)

omg ela ada look super yummy and so perfectly made dear :) very very nice idea of using parchment paper instead of the ela you have lot of brains nalini :) chanceless nothing can beat this ela ada making me hungry now :)

This has turned out to be perfect! Yum and bookmarked :)

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Interesting article! Thank you for sharing them! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone.

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