Ela Ada / Vazhai elai Adai

Ela ada /Elai adai is one of my fav fav snack that I could munch on all day. My grand ma used to make this as our after school snack item but never knew it's a keralite item. But we don't add jack fruit to the filling and I find that interesting when I learned this recipe. I know, traditionally they use rice batter (Soak equal amount of raw rice and parboiled rice and grind to a fine batter ) for the outer layer but I already had some store-bought flour left which I used for this recipe. Hope u guys like it.

For the outer cover:
Rice flour -- 2 cups, lightly roasted 
** I used idiyappam flour
Salt -- to taste
Coconut oil -- 1/2 tsp
Water -- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups,depends on how old the rice was when it is ground, 
** For me the  flour needed only 1 1/2 cups of water for 2 cups of rice flour

For the filling :
Shredded coconut -- 1 1/4 cups
Jack fruit --1/2 cup, chopped finely
Jaggery -- 1/2 cup, powdered (add acc to ur taste)
Salt -- a pinch
Cardamom powder -- a pinch
Ghee -- 1/2 tsp, optional, just to mix at the end. 

For making poornam (filling) :
  •  Dissolve the jaggery with 1/4 cup of water and heat over medium flame. Filter the jaggery syrup when it is completely dissolved to remove any impurities and return the syrup back to the pan and start boiling the syrup only until it's bubbly and foamy.
  • Now add the salt, shredded coconut and the chopped jack fruit to the jaggery syrup and mix well.
  • Keep on stirring the filling until all the water evaporates and it comes together as a mass.
  • Sprinkle the cardamom powder and the ghee and combine well. Transfer the filling to the bowl and let it cool.

For making the outer cover:
  • Boil the required amount of water (in my case, it's 1 1/2 cups for 2 cups of rice flour) with salt and coconut oil.
  • Add the water little by little to the rice flour and mix using the back side of a wooden ladle. Repeat the process until u use up all the water. Slightly grease ur hand with lil bit of oil , form a dough. Cover the pan and let it be there aside for a minute. Again use ur hand to make a soft and a non sticky dough.
  • Cut the banana leaves to many squares. Heat a dosa pan over medium heat for 2 minutes and then lower the heat to low. Place one of the banana leaf squares and slightly heat the leaf everywhere,probably for 5 to 7 secs. This process is done so that the banana leaves would not tear when making and folding the adai's. Then repeat the process for the remaining squares.
  • Now take one of the prepared leaf and apply little bit of oil and spread over. Take a lemon sized ball of the already prepared rice flour and start making the adai's by pressing with the fingers. Take care that the adai should be with in the banana leaf.
  •  Place 1 1/2 spoon full of the filling on one side of the adai, bring the other end close to the filling and fold. Gently press on the ends to seal it tightly.
  • Place this elai ada on the idli plates and steam for 12 to 15 minutes , as u steam idli.
  • Switch off the heat and take out the elai ada and serve warm.

  • Generally the outer cover is done by grinding raw rice and parboiled rice, but for the sake of convenience I've used idiyappam/rice flour.
  • Traditionally jack fruit is included in the filling, if u don't get fresh jack friut, u r welcome to skip it else u may use jack fruit jam if u find any.
  • Getting banana leaves in overseas is nearly an impossible task, in that case, u may use wax /parchment paper to make this adai, still u would have to compromise the flavor of the banana leaves.


  1. looks yummy .. I never tasted it.. tempted

  2. Ada looks so tempting dear...mom makes this often

  3. Just love this..looks very delicious

  4. Yummy and irresistible..love it

  5. liked all your clicks.. love this stuffing..

  6. lovely ada..awesome presentation..

  7. It looks perfect and inviting...nice clicks..
    new follower to your site...
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  8. Love this traditional snack.. Looks so delicious!! Nice clicks!!

  9. yummy delicious and tempting ela ada.

  10. Vazhaelai adai looks awesome.


  11. I am totally impressed.going to search for jack fruit here.love it.

  12. Wow looks so so good makes me crave for them, also loving that jackfruit Behind

  13. ela adai looks soft and tender! love your clicks!

  14. No words for me to describe these pictures.. very tempting and drool worth clicks usual..Especially the filling is amazing...

  15. This makes me soo nostalgic! Always remind me of the summer holidays back home:-) Looks soo perfect!

  16. Wonderfully explained. Lovely Recipe

  17. What an recipe, I am going to try it out..

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  18. lovely clicks.. looks delicious..

  19. Wow this is so new to me but looks so delicious. Luv the filling, drooling here.

  20. that looks very yummy... real traditional meal!!! glad to be your follower number 201!!! :)

  21. Lovely clicks dear, loved them all... Well made too :) Super delicious ela ada :)

  22. Hi, first time here, you have great space ,lovely pictures too.
    Following you , glad if you do the same :)

  23. Looks superb...Its already season of ripe jackfruits???? I so want them..:(

  24. Hi! New to your space and I couldn't stop drooling eversince I entered here! Your ela ada is too yummy looking and I loved the way you prepared it...wow ;)

    Have a pleasant day :)

  25. yummy snack.. Nice clicks too. First time your blog am following u .Glad if u will follow me back.




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