Ela Ada is a traditional Kerala delicious food. It is rice parcels encased in dough made of rice flour, with sweet fillings, steamed in banana leaf and served as an evening snack or as part of breakfast. It is also seen even in parts of Tamil Nadu as well. Ela Ada is also given as Prasadam (Sacred Food) to devotees at temples in Kerala. You can find it in different places in different name.
Rice flour- 1 cup
Salt as taste
Boiling water- as required
Banana leaves as required
How to make rice flour:
Soak raw rice for few hours, drain it completely and pat dry with a towel until completely dry. Grind it to flour.
For making filling:
Keep a pan on the fire. Put the grated coconut in the pan. Add the paneer and jaggery. Fry till the jaggery mix with coconut and paneer. It will be on low flame. Otherwise it will burn and smell bad. it become thick. Remove from flame and let cool. After cool add the Cardamom powder and mix well.
Preparing Rice Dough:
Boil water in a pan. Add salt as required. Slowly add the rice flour in the boiling water. Stir continuously till it will be soft dough. Remove from fire and let it cool for sometime. After it cools divide it into equal sized portion.
Wrapping of Ada:
Wash the banana leaves. Place it on low flame for few seconds. It will be softening. Cut it into rectangular shapes. Now take one cut banana leaf and keep one rice ball on it. Keep dipping your hand in little water so that you can spread the dough to make a circle. Flatten it with finger and spread the filling on it. Press the sides gently to seal the edges. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. As you do these, keep an Idli maker on the stove with water to boil on high flame (keep it closed). When the water boils, open the lid, place the banana wraps and steam for 15 minutes.
Then Remove the cooked Ada’s from the Idli maker and serve hot.
Tips: Here I have used grated paneer, you can use chopped jackfruit or roasted sesame seed in the filling.