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Ela Ada

A traditional Kerala dish - Ela Ada made with rice dough using banana leaves makes a great breakfast or an evening snack. Ela Ada dessert is traditional snack prepared in most parts in Kerala and enjoyed during festivals and occasions like Vishu and Onam.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: kerala cuisine, South Indian
Keyword: Ela ada, recipe for ela ada, vazhayila ada recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Sumith Babu
Cost: £3


  • steamer


For filling

  • 200 grams Jaggery
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup grated coconut (fresh or dry)
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee

For making rice dough

  • 1 cup Roasted rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Hot water
  • 1 number banana leaf (if not available, use silver foil or parchment paper)


For ela ada filling

  • Boil jaggery with water into a thick syrup
  • Strain the jaggery syrup with a sieve
  • Heat the jaggery syrup and add the grated coconut.
  • Cook till coconut is semi-dry.
  • Add cardamom powder, cumin powder, ghee and salt to taste.
  • Cook for ten minutes in a slow fire and keep aside

For the dough:

  • Boil 1 1/2 cup of water
  • Add salt to taste
  • Mix the roasted rice flour with water
  • Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes
  • Place a banana leaf
  • Wet your hands with water and make lemon sized balls with the rice flour
  • Flatten the dough on the banana leaf to form a thin layer
  • Place two tablespoons of filling on the flattened dough
  • Fold the banana leaf and keep it aside
  • Repeat the process with the rest of the filling
  • If you don't have a banana leaf, use silver foil or parchment paper instead
  • Cook ela ada for 10 to 15 minutes in a steamer
  • Ela ada is ready to serve



  1. You can add some crushed cardamom to the jaggery mix
  2. The quantity of jaggery can be added according to your sweetness level.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin E: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg