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Vazhayila Ada" known as "Steamed Rice Parcel in Banana leaf",

Inish Issac
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Prep Time
4 minutes
Cook Time
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ABOUT Vazhayila Ada" known as "Steamed Rice Parcel in Banana leaf", RECIPE

Traditional Kerala (South India) delicacy. In Kerala Ela translates to banana leaf. The quintessential usage of jaggery, coconut and milk makes this desserts an irresistible treat to the taste buds which is layered inside the rice or wheat paste in banana leaf and steamed in a steamer or idly vessel.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Kerala
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 2 cup Rice Flour (roasted)
  2. 1/4tsp Salt
  3. 1 1/2 cup Hot Water approx
  4. 1 tbsp oil (optional)
  5. Banana leafs
  6. For Filling:
  7. 1 cup Coconut grated
  8. 1/2 cup Jaggery grated
  9. 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder


  1. Mix the cardamom, jaggery with coconut and keep aside.
  2. Boil water and add salt. Remove from the flame and then in parts add the rice flour and continuously keep folding it together with a spoon. Once the entire flour has been folded in, cover it with a lid and let it rest and cool down. Then ma
  3. Take a big banana leaf, wash it and cut into rectangles shape of approx 8 to 10 inches each pieces.
  4. Mix the dough again and make big lemon size balls. Place the rice balls on the banana leaf and with wet hands gently flatten it using your finger tips to form a flat round even shape.
  5. Keep wetting your hands so that the round shape will be smooth. Flatten it using your finger tips to form a thin even layer of dough.
  6. Spoon in generous amount of filling over one half of the pressed dough. It is optional to make thin appam or a little thicker appam, but make sure you are generous with the filling that you place inside.
  7. Fold the leaf into half and gently press the edges to seal the filling inside together. Allow the steamer to boil and place in all the folded banana leaves in the steamer / idly pot on medium flame.
  8. This will take 12 to 15 minutes to cook. You can make it in one batch or two batches depending on the steamer size. Let the "Vazhayila Ada" cool and then it is ready to be served.

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