Ada (food)

Ada (Malayalam: അട) or Ela Ada,[1] is an Indian sweet and traditional Kerala delicacy, consisting of rice parcels encased in a dough made of rice flour, with sweet fillings, steamed in banana leaf and served as an evening snack or as part of breakfast. It can be seen even in parts of Tamil Nadu as well. Grated coconut and rice flour are the two main ingredients. It is a snack made out of raw rice flour, sugar or jaggery and grated coconut. It is usually prepared on Onam.[2] Poovada is prepared in the tip end of the plantain leaf as the Nivedyam[3] for Onam, into this ada goes, with the coconut filling, a sprinkling of the Thumbapoo (a white flower Leucas aspera),[4] making it more auspicious.[5] Sometimes banana is also added in the filing which is coconut-jaggery-banana filling. Spicy Ottada is a unique breakfast with maida and rice flour as the main ingredients. It can be also made without maida, but using the rice flour alone and it is not steamed instead cooked on Tava or flame.[6] Sometimes the fillings inside ada would be Chakkavaratti (Jackfruit Jam).[7] Ada is also given as Prasadam (Sacred Food) to devotees at temples in Kerala.[8]

Alternative namesEla Ada
Place of originIndia
Region or stateKerala
Main ingredientsRice flour, sugar or jaggery, grated coconut

See also


  1. "'Nadan' food fiesta". The Hindu. 3 May 2008. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008.
  2. "Jet celebrates Onam on flight". Mathrubhumi Newspaper.
  3. "Naivedyam in India". 7 June 2005. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  4. "Thumba (Leuca Indica) -Flowers of Kerala | All about ayurveda". 23 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  5. "Healthy N Spicy...: Ada - Traditional Breakfast of kerala". 26 July 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  6. "Ottada Recipe : A tasty snack with rice flour and coconut". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  7. sh (25 May 2007). "Dessert: Chakkavaratti(Jackfruit Jam) and Elai Adai". Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  8. "Guruvayoor 'Sri Krishna' Temple". Retrieved 24 July 2012.

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