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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ada - Traditional Breakfast of kerala

Ada, a simple and delicious breakfast in kerala is traditionally prepared in banana leaves. During my last vacation in india, I was craving for the ada prepared in banana leaves and roasted in manchatti(earthern pot). The smell of ada slowly cooked in manchatti in open flame is wonderful. Alternatively you can prepare it by using a steamer. Ada with sweet coconut fillings and a cup of hot tea, I love it. The fillings can vary as you prefer. If you are using only coconut as the filling, It is called 'Poovada'. I like all these variations, but my hubby prefers coconut -jaggery-banana filling. Banana leaves are not available here, so I used parchment paper instead. First I thought whether it would work out, but it came out good. I tried adas with rice flour and wheat flour with different type of fillings.Here I am presenting you my mom's special adas.

For rice ada, you need
Rice flour - 1 cup
Warm water - As needed

For filling:-
Sugar or jaggery- As needed
Coconut-1 cup or more
Plantain pieces - 1/2 cup(if desired)

Cut parchment paper into squares(approximately 8 inches sides). Mix rice flour with salt. Knead the flour using warm water to a smooth dough like chappathi dough.

Take a big lemon sized dough ball and put in one end of paper. Pat it out with your fingers held together thinly as shown in the figure. If the dough is sticky, wet your fingers occasionally. For wheat ada, you can use the same measurement of rice ada, only difference in the consistency of dough. It would be slightly looser than the chappathi dough.

You can use different type of fillings for the ada. For wheat ada I think plain coconut would be the best filling. Just put the filling on one side of the pat out dough and fold and press lightly. I made rice ada with coconut-sugar filling and coconut-jafggery-ripe plantain filling.

For filling
Add the desired amount of grated jaggery or sugar to the coconut and mix well. If you want, you can add ripe plantain pieces to it. For little more aroma,you can add some crushed cardamom to the filling and mix well.

Transfer the folded adas into a steamer(I used an idly vessel for steaming purpose) and steam it for 15 to 2o minutes or until well cooked. Take out adas and remove paper. Serve it hot with a cup of tea.
This my entry for JFI#4 hosted by Santhi and WBB #2 hosted by Nandita.


At 4:06 AM, Blogger Puspha said...

Looks tempting.

At 6:41 AM, Blogger renuramanath said...

HI santhi,
came across your blog though antony's curry mela. great ada-s. making ada-s in manchatti sounds interesting. may be this is what we refer to as 'ottada,' as ada is otherwise prepared by steaming. and 'poovada,' in our part of kerala is just one ada prepared in the tip end of the plantain leaf as the naivedyam for onam. into this ada goes, with the coconut filling, a sprinkling of the white 'thumba poo,' making it more auspicious. this ada is used for the ceremony of 'onam kollal.' well, more about it later !!!
so, keep up the great blog !

At 11:47 AM, Blogger archana said...

Excellent !!! I have never made ada after coming here, as banana leaves are a rare find in this part of the country. I am defanitely going to try your method for sure. Everything looks so goooood. Thank you

At 10:09 AM, Blogger indianadoc said...

God!my favourite, and sadly my dad's too!!(there ws no other breakfast that he liked better) have managed it beautifully without the banana is a great nostalgia for people like me...

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hi Surya,

Came to know your blog through Anita ( My treasure my pleasure). I have been thinking to get ideas on making this ela ada in the US. Like you even I had this recipe when I went to india recently. My combo was always cocunut+ jaggery made with rice flour. I was so happy to find a way to make this recipe here....thanks a lot

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Sumitha said...

Yum yum yum!Which Malayali will not love Ada,I love the chutta ada the most!

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Nabeela said...

You guys are all ready with your flour recipes...I need to get my act in gear too!

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Annita said...

This looks delicious Surya..hmmm.And i love ur method with parchment paper.

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Menu Today said...

Nice ada, I tasted it in my frineds house .(her filling was with jackfruit and Jaggery). Thanx for sharing.

At 11:25 PM, Blogger surya said...

>Thanks pushpa.
>Thanks renu.Welcome to my blog.I think there are many type of preparations for ada in different parts of kerala.we also preapares poovada as naivedyam for onam.
>Thanks archana and priya.banana leaves are not available in my area but this method brings back my favourite.
>thanks shynee and sumi.
>Thanks annita,nabeela and menu today.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Lera said...

wow, a delicious looking Breakfast that's so tempting!

At 2:46 AM, Blogger Nandita said...

I love this, and I saw the recipe on SUn Tv or so, and even made it once, just that i used wheat flour for the cover, patted it on a circular banana leaf piece, stuffed with jaggery-coconut-elaichi mix, kind of poornam and and then steamed it. It was heavenly!

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous santhi said...

Hi Surya,

Thankyou so very much for this delicious entry.
I have never ever ate or made ada.
This is going into my to do list.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger surya said...

>Thanks lera,Itis so delicious.
>Thanks santhi and nandita for accepting my entry.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger sudhav said...

The ada's look so yummy surya..i think i will try this very soon..thanks for sharing.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Anupama said...

Hi surya, Came to your blog thru nandita's breakfast blogging event. The picture of your Ada was so tempting that I had to come to your site and read the recipe. Never heard of Ada before. It sounds a lot lik the modaks we maharashtrian people make for the ganpati festival. The ingredients and the method of cooking is so similar. i'll try these soon

At 5:48 PM, Blogger surya said...

>Thanks sudha, try and let me know the result.
>Thanks Anupama.welcome to my blog!!I had tasted modak and MIL is an expert in making that.I think the filing is almost similar.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! your adas looks really good. adipoli! I've tried making adas here with foil few years back, it turned out Ok. Your recipe is very tempting. Ada in parchment paper sounds interesting. I'll be trying this recipe out for my hubby's b'day. thanks for sharing. :))

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At 7:08 PM, Blogger Seema Bhat said...

hey surya:
man i am a first time visitor to your blog and i am stuck with your ada ...the pictures look soooooooooo delicious ...reminded me of something similar that my mom used to make for nagara panchami..
thanks gal!!!

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Gita said...

Hi Surya:

I was always wondering how I could make Ada in a place where you don't get any plantain leaf. Ada is my favourite dish and I can't thank you enough for coming up with this brilliant idea.. I can't wait to try the Parchment Ada. Thanks again...

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can make cook adas over dosakkallu for results similar to ottada. Banana leaves are available in some of US grocery stores and Asian stores

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Ramki said...

Hi Surya,

Am blogging this as a model recipe for my One page cookbooks.


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At 7:12 AM, Blogger sajna said...

today morning my husband was so angry to see the'UPMA',he cal it concrete...and has asked to make something else...thanks Surya...let me try out this tomorrow morning
Thank you
Sajna Rakesh

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