Ela Ada | Vazhayila Ada


Ela Ada is a traditional styled Kerala sweet/snack which is made with rice flour and coconut-jaggery filling. Vazhayila Ada is a very healthy and tasty dish which can be had as an evening snack with a cup of hot tea. The authentic taste and aroma is what makes Ela Ada unique and special. The dish is quite popular in Kerala Cuisine and it can be found in areas of Tamil Nadu as well. You can also find a variety dish in certain areas replacing rice flour with wheat flour. But the fillings are almost the same. Vazhayila Ada makes for one of the healthiest delicacies since it is steamed and not fried in oil or ghee like other sweet delicacies are. Ela translates to banana leaf, which is used to cover the ada that is prepared using rice, coconut and jaggery. The smell and flavour of the banana leaf in which the ada is wrapped only adds to the taste of the steamed delicacy.

Simple healthy ingredients are required for making Ela Ada and that adds to the superiority of this sweet snack. My kids love Ela Ada and as a mother I am happy that they are relishing something good and not treating themselves with junk foods. Junk foods though tasty will do only harm to the body in the long run. It is better to opt for steamed dishes that are healthy, wholesome and tasty as well. Another good point is that it takes just a few minutes for preparing Ela Ada. No usage of oil is required and this is why I am a fan of Ela Ada. You can make it more sweeter for those who prefer so and jaggery unlike sugar is fine for health. Even working mothers who are short of time will find the dish quite useful. You can discover a well detailed Vazhayila Ada here.


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Ela Ada | Vazhayila Ada

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Take a large bowl and add rice flour and salt as required.
  • Add warm water little by little to make a smooth dough. Keep it aside.
  • Take a saucepan, add grated coconut, jaggery, cardamom(crushed) and 1/2 cup water.
  • Cook till the jaggery melts and water is absorbed. It may take 5-6 minutes. Then turn off the flame.
  • Roll the rice in step 1 into a ball and flatten it onto the centre of a square piece of banana leaf. Place two tablespoons of the coconut-jaggery mix onto the flattened rice mixture and fold the leaf and seal the edges.
  • Steam this in an idli cooker for 15-20 minutes.
  • Ela Ada is ready now


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