Ela ada / Ilayappam

Ila ada

It is also called Valsan/Elayappam. A traditional Kerala dish made with rice flour, coconut-jaggery  filling and then steamed wrapped in banana leaf or Indian bay leaf(Vayana ila) . It is a very healthy and tasty dish and of course one of the favourites among malayalees. You can have it as an evening snack or morning breakfast. When I got a banana leaf, the first thing came across my mind was this special snack. Here I have used wheat flour instead of rice flour. The same dough you can use for making sweet dumplings/Kozhukkatta. For a variation ripe jack fruit also used in the filling.


  • Wheat Flour – 1 cup
  • Salt- 1 pinch
  • Banana leaves- cut into rectangles
  • Boiling water- as required

For filling

  • Cardamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Grated Jaggery – 1/4 cup


  1. Mix coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder with hands until well combined.
  2. In a large mixing bowl ,add wheat flour and salt. Pour boiling water and mix well using a wooden spatula.Allow this to cool slightly and knead well to form a soft dough.
  3. Take a lemon sized portion of the dough and place it onto a piece of  banana leaf and flatten it using your finger tips to form a thin and even layer of dough on it.
  4. Spread the filling onto the dough and fold the leaf in half and press the sides gently to seal the edges.
  5. Place it in a steamer/idly cooker and steam it for 10 minutes.Allow it to cool slightly before serving.

Ela Ada

16 Comments Add yours

  1. piyalimutha says:

    Suprelmely delicious. I love traditional recipes. Thanks for this brilliant share.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      Thanks dear!!


  2. Easily one of the yummiest snacks next to pazham poris 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      yes, you are right..

      Liked by 1 person

  3. beena.stephy says:

    Love it. My favorite

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Love all your banana leaf recipes 🙂

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  5. swati Paathak says:

    Looks really good…yummy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      Thanks Swati…


  6. You know this is one of the most favorite food of Shri Ganesha. Shape is different but same ingredients are used for modak preparation in ganesh chaturthi festival in Maharashtra.. Lovely share dear Anu ..😊👍🌷

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      Thanks..We also prepare those dumplings and it is called kozhukkatta in malayalam


  7. apsara says:

    I love all Kerala sweets and elayada is no exception. Wonderful recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

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