Chakka Ada is a traditional styled delicious snack dish in Kerala Cuisine, prepared from ripe jackfruit and roasted rice flour. This is a very popular and one of the tastiest dishes in God's Own Country. The tasty Ada is prepared and steamed in banana leaves. Chakka Ada is known by various names like Kumbalappam, Elai Adai etc in different regions. In modern times these dishes are almost becoming lost. Kids do not favor the snack. But, thanks to scientific findings that has established the high nutrition index of Jackfruits. Jackfruit Ada is very easy to prepare with limited ingredients. All homemade healthy ingredients are included in the preparation of the healthy dish. This is a greatly preferred snack that should be prepared for a healthy lifestyle. Jackfruit is rich and nutritious in vital nutrients required for body. Kids should be encouraged to taste the dish. You can explore a well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.
Take the Chakka varattiyath (Jackfruit Jam) in a vessel/big bowl and add the Cardamom powder and Copra pieces.
Add Rice powder also and mix it well.
Make small balls with this Ada mix and put one ball each in the leaves and spread the Ada mix on leaves (depends on the ball size). Use small pieces of plantain leaves as shown in above picture. Also keep the leaves some time in hot water or on sun light or show on low flame of stove, so that the leaves become soft and they do not get torn and is easy to spread the Ada mix and fold them accordingly.
Fold all sides of the leaves as shown in pictures.
Keep them aside.
Heat about 2 cups of water preferably in an Idly maker. Then install the idly stand in the Idly maker and keep the Ada mix filled leaves in the Idly stand. Cover it and cook it for about 10 – 15 minutes in medium flame.
When the mix is cooked well, put off the stove and change the Adas into a serving plate.
The delicious and nutritious snack is ready and it can be served preferably in the after-noons/evenings.
Myself, Sobha Kesavan, a retired Accountant in a MNC based in Delhi, where I was staying for 26 years. Afterwards, moved to Bangalore and stayed there for about 4 years and then shifted to my native place ( in Thrissur district), Kerala, along with my husband. My two sons and both daughters-in-law are working out of Kerala as Software Engineers.
I have immense passion for gardening and have been doing it since my stay in Delhi and most of
the ingredients (vegetables) used in my recipes are home grown. I am interested in cooking mostly North Indian and South Indian cuisines. The recipes shared in pachakam.com from my end would definitely tickle your taste buds.
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