ela ada

Elai Adai

A traditional Kerala sweet with Jackfruit jam(Chakka varatti)
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people


For the outer covering:-

For the inner filling:

  • 1 cup Ripe jackfruit minced, Chakka
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery)Sharkkara)
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp Jackfruit jam Chakka varatti


  • For the outer covering:- Soak equal amounts of raw rice and boiled rice for 2 - 3 hrs.
  • Grind them fine adding salt and jaggery.
  • :- The consistency should be runny.
  • For the filling:- If you are using fresh fruit, mince it fine, cook for a while and add jaggery and grated coconut.
  • You should get the dough like consistency.
  • If you are using chakka varatti , first mix grated coconut with powdered jaggery (this will be real sweet) and put it on fire and stir to make the filling.
  • :- This can be done in the microwave for 4 - 5 mins.
  • Add 2 tbsp or as required of chakka varatti and mix well.
  • Remove from flame.
  • Take plantain leaves (this imparts the adai with real flavour) and cut them to roughly 6÷square pieces.
  • Clean and show the banana leaves over the stove for a few seconds to make them flexible.
  • Spread 2 tbsp of the ground batter on the leaf like a thin dosa.
  • Place 2 tbsp of the jackfruit filling on top of it and fold it into half.
  • Keep the steamer ready and steam 3 or 4 at a time for 7 - 8 mins.
  • :- Serve hot or cold.
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Response (1)
  1. B
    Butterflies September 10, 2006

    There is no way that a batter thinner than that of dosa consistency can be spread on a plantain leaf! It will ooze outta the leaf and mess up the whole place. The outer cover for the ada should be a soft dough made outta fine rice powder. Mix the rice powder with boiling salt water and prepare a soft dough. This should be spread on the leaf to make the outer cover for the ada. The rest of the recipe looks ok.

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