Chakka AdaChakka (Jack fruit) is a seasonal fruit, very popular in Kerala and there are a variety of dishes both sweet and savory made with jack fruit. Chakka ada is steamed rice parcels with sweet coconut filling. It is very similar to the ela ada. The star ingredient in this recipe is chakka varatti/jack fruit preserve made with fully ripe jack fruit bulbs. Chakka varatti is mainly a preserve and if made in the right consistency, it can be stored and used for months. This is mixed with rice flour and spread on banana leaves and steamed. It is aromatic and healthy snack/ breakfast. Try this, you will surely love it.
Rice Flour- 2 1/4 cups
Chakka varattiyathu/jack fruit jam- 1 cup
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Water- 2 cups
salt a pinch
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Ghee- 1 tsp
Sugar- 2 tbs
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
banana leafs- cut into small pieces
Boil half cup of water. and pour over one cup of chakka varattiyathu and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, mix and dissolve it into a paste before adding into the flour.
Boil around 1 1/2 of water along with salt. When it comes to a rolling boil add in the coconut oil.
Take the flour in a large bowl . Add the jack fruit preserve and mix and then gradually mix in the water little by little. Check consistency and see if it comes together. Mix with a wooden spoon and make a soft dough. When it cools down knead into a smooth dough and make small balls.
In a bowl mix together, grated coconut, sugar, cardamon powder and ghee.
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 in half and press the edges of the dough along with the banana leaf. Steam it in a pressure cooker with out the weight or in a steamer on for around ten minutes. You will be able to lift the banana leaf and it will come out clean when it is done, allow it to cool down and serve.
Hope you will all enjoy!