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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ottada ( Mom's recipe) / Roasted Rice flour Cakes in Banana Leaf wraps

Mother's day is one of the most special occasions in one's life.Life began waking up and loving my mother's face and the first word every child learns to speak is 'mom'.A constant bank deposit of all worries and hurts is the mother.Mother takes the place of all others as she is instinctual unconditional with her love.Of all the rights of women,the greatest is to be a mother,Isn't it??
How true these lines are,
  "My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort,happiness & being.I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune''.
                                                     -Graycie Harmon.

This post of Ottada is totally dedicated to my mom,who has been the nurturer and a guide always in all my decisions of life.I learnt many things from her and cooking is a part of it and I have shared many recipes from my mom.Ottada,reminds Keralites the age old tradition of using banana wraps by our great grand parents when there was no steamers available  but still they had the best healthy food.Ottada,in literal & traditional meaning means ada made in a 'ottu vessel' somewhere similar to the copper vessel in looks..not exactly.But old traditions have changed and now people have started using mannchatti (clay pots) and I have gone far ahead and recreated it in a non stick pan :D Though u may not get the exact taste of what we had from our grand parents & parents while making in a non stick pan but the charred smell of the banana leaves takes away those thoughts and fills you back to the nostalgic memories.I had tried the Ela ada with plantain filling some time back,though the steps look the same,but ottada is a roasted ada whereas ela ada is steamed one.And so,Ottada has a slightly harder texture compared to Ela ada but the banana flavors are more dominant in ottadas.

rice flour 1 1/2 cup (roasted)
salt to taste
boiling water 1 1/2- 1 3/4 cup(approx)
banana leaves to wrap
for filling
dessicated coconut /shredded coconut 1 1/2 cup
jaggery 3/4 cup
water 1/3 cup
cardamom powder 5-6 pods crushed

-Melt the jaggery in water and strain to remove impurities.Boil again ,add the dessicated coconut and mix well.Keep stirring till the water content dries up.Put off flame and add the crushed cardamom powder and mix well.
-Take the rice flour in a bowl,add salt.Mix well.Add the boiling water into it slowly to form a smooth dough.Wet your hands in cold water and then knead the dough when it is warm to get a smooth dough softer than chapathi dough.
-Wash and clean the banana leaves,pat dry.Spoon one tbsp of dough in the center of the leaf and then using your fingers stretch out the dough to the edges such that the dough is evenly thinned.Add a spoonful of filling in half of the dough and fold it over.The steps can be seen here.(Always keep a bowl with water ,dip your fingers each time and then stretch it,becomes easier)
(Ready to cook wraps)

-Close with the other half pressing gently such that the pack is sealed.

-Heat a clay pot/mann chatti,place a wrap or two in the pan when its really hot.Let it cook for 5-10 minutes,the leaf starts browning and drying up.Flip the other side and let it cook until done.Flip again and gently lift the banana leaf and note the ada changes color to off white and the filling becomes visible in between with brown spots.
-If you wish a softer ada like steamed ones,then place it in the non stick,sprinkle a few drops of water over the wrap and close it with a lid.Let it cook for 5-10 minutes,and follow the same procedure as above flipping,this gives a more softer texture.
-Remove from non stick ,peel the leaf wrap and serve it as breakfast/tea time snack!!

Servings~ 8-10 adas

*Always use boiling water to prepare the dough.
*Dip your hands in water and spread the dough on the leaf,prevents sticking.

Sending this to CC-Mom's Recipes, Spotlight-Breakfast Ideas,Lets Party Breakfast Ideas,Guest Quest,
Show me your HITS-Iron Rich Foods guest hosted at my space,The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Jehanne@ The Cooking Doctor


Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Mothers Day!! Such a lovely tribute to ur mom! Ottada looks so delicious n tempting !! Thanks for this wonderful recipe :)

Sanika N said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely Recipe :)
We also make similar recipe called as PATOLE (Maharashtrian Dish). We use fresh turmeric leaves for steaming same :)

Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I just love this dish!!I remember having it a long time ago growing up, but can still remember the flavors!!So so good!!Where did u find the banana leaves?

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

This is wet new to me... Hope it might tastes great...

sojo said... Best Blogger Tips

love it....

Kusum said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That looks so delicious. You know? We Konkanis make similar snack but use turmeric leaves instead of banana. It is called Patholi.

Love you post!

Avika J Chawla said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Julie...wish u a very Happy Mothers day and these cakes looks lovely ..very new to me ..yumm..

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely post and yummy dish :-)


simran said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!traditional recipes are really good..........i like the fact that you've used a non stick pan..coz that i have!..would love to try this out.
so true............... about moms!happy mothers day to you too.

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

very delicious and traditional recipe..ottada adipoli aayittu undu..Happy Mother's day to u too :)

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so delicious.. Want to try one.. :)
Happy mothers day to you too..
Thanks for linking it to the event.

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Lifewithspices said... Best Blogger Tips

too good one.. i love it

easyfoodsmith said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Mother's Day to you dear and thanks for sharing your Mom's special dish. It looks great and sounds delicious :)

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Irresistible ottada,mouthwatering here Julie;

anjana said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and authentic recipe..looks so flavourful..

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks interesting and delicious...never tried something similar!

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious Ottada Julie.

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Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and nice one...I want to try this,but no banana leaves here..
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Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Great info about adas... I love them... My garndma use to make them for us. This looks delicious!

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, its very nice..i'll buy banana leaves and try this..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

such great and healthy dish..

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this awesome traditional treat! Looks so good!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

I've heard about this but never tasted this, looks so delicious..

Mythreyi said... Best Blogger Tips

I have only heard, never seen cooked in Banana Leaf.. thanks for sharing..

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

I Love these. I have a post in my draft.. yet to post... i miss making it here as I do not get banana leaves :-(

Spice up the Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

wow. this is interesting. looks awesome

Jehanne said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Mother's day to you..and this ada looks so nice, I have been meaning to make them but never did, so this is a good push after seeing how delicious yours turned out:-)

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

We call this elayappam/ Ela ada. Mom make the covering with wheat flour sometimes... I love it...

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx everyone :-)
We usually get the banana leaves from mexican stores,G mart or H mart dear..:-)

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely one Julie, we make the savory version of ela adai, but have to try your sweet version.

Purabi Naha said... Best Blogger Tips

Ottada looks delish! Would love to try this recipe...

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely ottadas.. always used to have back home... now drooling... great recipe on mother's day

Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

truly some dear...will be right over..:P
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Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely ela ada. My favorite the banana leaves make the magic !!!

Kavitha said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely and delicious recipe :)

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

wow lovely ottada..hope u had a great mother day :)

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Traditional and delicious looking recipe dear...

Anusha said... Best Blogger Tips

these look simply awesome... really well done julie

Hari Chandana P said... Best Blogger Tips

Very delicious and authentic recipe.. looks absolutely amazing.. First time here.. You have a wonderful blog with awesome recipes.. thanks for sharing dear.. Happy to follow your blog :)
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Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this recipe.. I like to eat al south Indian jaggery dishes..will try it out.

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Super recipe dear !! you made it perfectly !! yummy !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate it !!

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sweetlady said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this Roasted Rice flour Cakes in Banana Leaf wraps recipe! :) Though if it were me, would add a bit of turmeric or curcumin in it to add spice. Kinda weird? I know right. :P