Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ada - Guest post by Reshmi of Funwidfud

I'm again back with guest post " Something Sweet" after a long time. Today our guest Reshmi of Funwidfud is here to share a traditional kerala recipe with all of us & she is also the first guest in my blog this year.. :)
In Reshmi's words:
When  Sreevalli of Ammaji Recipes asked me for a guest post some time back,  I was totally hooked up with multiple jobs.. but before I could tell a list of tasks in front of me she told that I can chose a later date, for which I accepted..I totally left it there and was moving around when around the corner I remembered about the guest post. Now cooking was fine but clicking it was very difficult..Finally when I saw a little sunshine I went with this simple but a traditional recipe of Kerala.
      Ada is a sweet delicacy from Kerala.These are steamed  rice pockets filled with sweet coconut filling.  It is know as ela ada because of the way it is made. Usually plantain leafs are used to cook them, but due to the unavailability of them here I have experimented with parchment paper and its a success. They are enjoyed as snack/sweet during evenings with tea as well as can act as breakfast if you have a sweet tooth in the morning.

Rice Flour-1 cup(pathiri/puttu/idiyappam powder)
Salt- pinch
Water-11/4 cup
Coconut oil-1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut-1/2 cup
Jaggery-2 cubes
Rock sugar/kalkandam-2 tbsp(optional)
Cardamom seeds-from 2(crushed)
Parchment paper- 4 to 5 nos( 10" square approx.)

Method of preparation:
1. In a bowl add rice flour, coconut oil and salt.
2. Bring water to rolling boil  and turn off the heat. Add 1 cup of water to rice powder and mix well with a spoon. Close the vessel and set aside for 10 minutes.
3. Now when the dough is warm to touch mix it with hands to form a soft and pliable dough. you can add more(1/8 cup) of the boiled water if needed.
4. Mix the grated coconut along with powdered jaggery, rock sugar and cardamom powder and mix well and set aside.
5. Now take a lemon sized ball of dough, place it on the parchment paper, grease your hands with coconut oil and flatten the dough with your fingers to a circle of equal thickness.
6. Now add 3 to 4 tbsp coconut filling in the center and fold the parchment paper to half and press the sides of dough so that it sticks together.
7. Heat water in a steamer and when steam starts to come place the parchment paper into it with the open end folded and placed to bottom.
8. Steam it for 5 to 7 minutes and remove it on to a plate. Continue cooking for the whole dough.
9. Serve warm.

1. You can add raisins, cashews to the filling.
2. Adding more filling is up to you. In that case you will require to increase the amount of coconut, jaggery.
3. This ada is usually made using banana leaf. Since that is not available here I made using parchment paper. If cooking with plantain leaf you have to follow the same method.

I want to thank Reshmi for making this post possible. 



  1. nice clicks reshmi.. interesting recipe of kerala..

  2. I dont bother to get some ila ada anytime, love the way she used the parchement paper here..Kudos to both of u.

  3. yummy I wanted to try this for quite sometime but with ila I was hesitating.. will try with Parchment paper..

  4. Thanks for inviting me to your space...

  5. Looks delicious !! Loved the use of parchment paper in preparing it :)

  6. Lovely use of parchment paper Reshmi... Good alternative!! :) Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us Sreevalli :) Following your space now!!

  7. Looks wonderful! Delicious guest post, thanks Sreevalli & Reshmi!

  8. Luce muy rico es una delicia al paladar me encanta quiero hacer pronto esta bella,abrazos y abrazos

    1. Translate " looks very rich is a delight to the palate want to do soon I love this beautiful, hugs and kisses "... :)

  9. this gives me idea..i always waited to get banana leaf to make ada...the butter paper alternative is a good one..pretty enticing shots...