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Ela ada recipe

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, the New Year of Keralites.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: kerala cuisine, South Indian
Keyword: Ela ada
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Sumith Babu
Cost: £3


  • steamer


  • 1 cup rice flour (roasted rice flour)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/3 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 banana leaf (if not available, use silver foil)


  • Add salt to rice flour and mix well.
  • Add boiling water to the rice flour and mix well.
  • When the mixture cools down, knead with your hands to make a soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with a muslin cloth and keep aside.
  • Mix grated coconut and jaggery together.
  • Clean the banana leaf, place it over a gas flame; flip both sides of the leaf to wilt the leaves slightly. This will prevent the leaves from breaking while folding. Avoid using the middle stem of banana leaf during folding.
  • Grease the wilted leaves with some melted butter or coconut oil.
  • Wet your fingers with water and make small lemon sized balls of dough, place it on the leaves and spread it with your fingers.
  • place some grated coconut and jaggery filling in one side of the rolled dough anf fold from the other side and press lightly.
  • When the steamer is ready, place ela ada and cook on high flame fo 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once the ela ada starts separating from the banana leaves its 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: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin E: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg