Monday, August 23, 2010
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 ada...one 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!
Hope you will all enjoy.