Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ila Ada/Dumplings in banana leaf/Vazhayila Ada/Ela Ada

For the very Keralite in me, who loves chakka, manga, thenga, and vazhayila (Jackfruit, mango, coconuts, and banana leaf) and all things manglish. Ila Ada can be summarized as Kerala in a bowl with banana leaf, rice flour, and jackfruit preserve. Let me make it easy, Ila Ada is a dumpling made of rice flour with some filling cooked in with the goodness of banana leaf.

Eating it took me back home  and I enjoyed basking in the memory of good old days when banana leaves and jackfruit were not foreign to us.

Here is the recipe for dumplings in banana leaf.

Rice flour - 3 cups
Water - 4 cups
Salt as needed

Chakka Varatti/Jackfruit preserve/Jackfruit jam

Banana leaves to make Ila Ada

In a pot, boil water. Add boiling water to the rice flour. Add some salt. Allow it to stand for a minute. When water is warm, you can start working on the dough with a spoon first and then with your hands. This results in a smooth dough. Now make balls out of the dough. Take a clean banana leaf and flatten the dough to form a flat disc. Now use chakka varatti as a filling and fold the ada along with the leaf. Continue the same process with the remaining dough, making balls, flattening the dough, and folding the banana leaf.  Keep all the packed banana leaves nicely tucked in a steamer. Using a steamer, cook this for 14-15 minutes. (The cooking time depends on how thick or thin you made the ada). When it is cooked, open the banana leaves, and serve the adas, fresh, hot or cold.


  1. time for some ela adas here as well... coz during eid we make them... :)

  2. Mouthwatering recipe, looks so inviting.

  3. I want these super tempting ela adas, my all time favourite.

  4. Looks awesome. Must hv Taste delicious too.

  5. Wow Sabee ila ada looks so yummy this is one of my fav love the pic in which it is sliced.

  6. I had to swallow my saliva a few times before I could comment, Sebeena! Wow, this is looking so good ya...pass me the dumplings please!!! ;)

  7. Fantastic, absolutely drool worthy pictures :)

  8. Ela ada is my favorite it made nostalgic. Great post Sabeena

  9. They look perfect Sabeena :) I miss them so much :(


  10. Thanks! It’s a beauty of a recipe and the no fat saves loads of calories!

  11. Absolutely delicious basmati rice,classic recipe..looks divine.



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