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Ela ada/ Steamed Rice Dumpling

Ela ada is a simple steamed sweet delicacy of Kerala which can be served both as a breakfast or snack. In my home back in Kerala grandmother used to make ela ada as a breakfast for Onam. She prepares two types of the poovada ( just plain coconut filling ) which is an offering on this auspicious day. The second type of ada has coconut, jaggery and banana combined mixture which was relished both by young and elders. Ela ada thus also forms a quick breakfast. It has a distinct flavor - the aroma of jaggery, coconut ghee mixture and the sutle delicate aroma of banana leaf...all those nostalgic memories:)

Onam is a festival of joy and happiness, prosperity and well being...It also commemorates happy nostalgic memories of mankind..the age of goodness, when all men were equal and there was heavenly bliss in this very human world.
Happy Onam to all my friends...Celebrate and enjoy.


Rice Flour- 2 cups
Water- 1 1/2 cups
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Jaggery-  3/4 cup
Ghee- 1 tsp
Cardamon powder  - 1/3 tsp
salt - a pinch
sugar- 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
banana leafs- cut into small peices

Bring half cup of water and jaggery to a boil.  Strain out the impurities and bring it back to stove and boil till it attains a two tread consistency. Add coconut and cook till it becomes completely dry and leaves the edges of the pan. Add ghee and cardamon powder and allow this mixture to cool ( usually grandmother makes this the day before and keeps in air tight container )

Boil one and one half cup of water along with salt and sugar. When it comes to a rolling boil add in the coconut oil.
Take the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Gradually mix in the water little by little and mix with a wooden spoon and make a soft dough. When able to handle knead into a smooth dough and make small balls.
Take banana leaf and cut into small pieces. grease it with a little of oil. Place dough in the center of the leaf and with your fingers spread the dough on the leaf. Place spoon fulls of the coconut mixture and fold the leaf and press the edges of the leaf along with the banana leaf. Steam it in a pressure cooker with out the weight on for around ten minutes.. enjoy!

Try this..

Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Wow looks scrumptious! I love all the kozhukattai varieties!

  2. Rice dumpling looks delicious Suja..very new to me.
    Book marking it :)

  3. that is def mouthwatering from jus the pic itself..can imagine how yummy it wud have been in real...

  4. Looks so yummy. Onam wishes for you and your family dear :)

  5. Hi,
    Thank yhou so much for your Onam wishes..Wishing u the same ! Ela ada looks divine :)

  6. Happy onam suja, recipe looks good, beautiful

  7. New dish to me...the snap itself is telling how tasty it would me....

  8. Looks so rich and exotic. I just want to bite into it !!

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  9. mouth watering ela ada..u just reminded me abt it..added to my to-do list...

  10. delicious similar to stringhopppers we make

  11. Happy Onam dear, delicious and great looking dish....

  12. rice dumpling looks divine suja those beautiful clicks too


  13. Happy onam Dear..yummy ela ada..

  14. that looks DIVINE..Happy Onam to you dear!

  15. Happy Onam!! elaada kandittu eniku vishakunne..:)

  16. Happy Onam to You and your Family!
    nice presentation!

  17. I so love this..wish I had some banana leaves with me..kothiyavunnu..

  18. Eey sujechi, njan dha ethu undakki angu kazhichathe ullu..I love this so much...Louisianayil akke ulla oru sadanam anu VAZHAYILA, natile pole vazha ellyidathum und...

  19. wow looks so yum, beautiful...and happy onam suja

  20. Looks so divine...Really wanna a bite....Enjoying virtually. You wont believe but we in Bengal make something very similar to this..
    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. wow looks adipoli nalla pic anu ketto

  22. Happy onam to u and ur family Suja..Ela ada asking me to grab some, very tempting..

  23. love ela ada and you have done it so well. How was onam ? hope you had a good one.

  24. Happy onam dear. Ela ada makes me drool:) Very nice recipe.

  25. Ela ada adipoli aayittunde tto... kothiyavunnu kandittu..

  26. Very nice Suja dear. I didnt understand what you mean by two thread consistency though (reg jaggery).

  27. That has come out really well. Flawless.

  28. Elaada adipoli aayittundu ketto, looks perfect!!Ethellam sharikkum miss cheyyunundu..Evide nalla vazhayila kittilla, athu kondu ethonnum angane try cheythu nokkittilla..Nattil chennittu venom ethellam nannayi thattan :)

  29. Happy Onam Suja,,this looks so yummy

  30. This post took me back to my mom's cooking - absolutely mouthwatering delicious!

  31. ithu super ayittundu kto..ippo kayikkan thonnunnu...

  32. ente favorite....looks so yummy!

  33. Reminds me of home and mom's cooking. I feel so hungry just looking at the pics. Awesome post!

  34. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet visit again.

  35. Lovely ela ada and sure would have melted in mouth,

  36. Mouthwatering ada.

  37. Looks yummy.... can we make this ada without any covering of leaves in a steamer . Will it come out well

  38. I love this dish... will prepare soooooon..... thank u for boosting me up

  39. Thanks Divya for stopping by,So happy that you like this recipe :)
    If you can find ela I recommend using it,it has two purpose,enhances flavor and also serves as a protective layer and prevents from breaking or failing apart
    I am not sure about the outcome,but one of my friends have tried with parchment paper.
    Round kozhukatta is also the same recipe and can be made in steamer with out leaves,if you are interested pls see this link

    Have a great day,pls visit again Divya :)

  40. Hi!

    I have some questions. What type of rice flour are you using? I tried thsi recipe with brown rice but it became extremely dry, not tasty at all.

    Is there a difference if I use white or brown rice flour? Or is this some special rice flour?


    1. Hi Reka, Thanks for stopping by,
      Sorry to here that it did not come out well. I have not used brown rice.For this recipe I used rice flour of raw white rice. You can find this in Indian grocery store. On the package it will be written Idiyappam podi/Pathiri podi.
      My favorite brands are Nirapara,Double horse,It is most suitable for this recipe. Do try the recipe some time.


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