Manjal ela ada | Turmeric leaf ada recipe | Spicykitchen


    Manjal ela ada is a traditional snack item of Kerala. Ada is an authentic Kerala delicacy made with rice flour, jaggery and grated coconut. Banana leaf is used for making traditional ada in a steamed or tawa cooked version. This time I would like to share the recipe of manjal ela (turmeric leaves) ada which I got from my mother in law.

    I tried traditional ada and Ragi ila ada but ada in turmeric leaf was new to me. I was not sure about the taste of the dish when I was making it. But it came out very well and the taste was delicious. It had a nice aroma of turmeric leaf which was mouth watering. Moreover making ada in turmeric leaf has lots of health benefits such as it helps to boost digestion, and reduces gastric issues.

    manjal ela ada
    Manjal ela ada

    Ada is a very easy to make dish which can be served as both breakfast and as a four o clock snack. As the dish is steamed it is a best snack alternative for kids. Hope you all will try this healthy manjal ela ada and let me know how it turned out for you.


    • 1 cup of rice flour
    • 1 cup of boiled water
    • 1/2 cup of normal water
    • 1 cup of grated coconut
    • 1/2 spoon of cardamom powder
    • 1/6 spoon of salt
    • 3/4 cup of jaggery powder or grated jaggery
    • 6 number of Manjal ela (Turmeric leaves)


    Step 1

    Take the rice flour in a bowl. Add salt and mix well

    Step 2

    Add 1 cup of boiled water into the rice flour. Mix well. Keep aside

    Step 3

    After five minutes add water little by little ad knead well to make a smooth dough. Keep aside.

    Step 4

    Take grated coconut in a bowl. Add cardamom powder and grated jaggery. Mix well.

    Step 5

    Take a half hand full of rice dough and flatten over manjal leaf.

    Step 6

    Spread 2 table spoon of jaggery coconut mix over the flattened dough.

    Step 7

    Fold the leaf half and press gently. Repeat the step for other leaves and steam cook the ada in a steamer for 10 minutes.

    Step 8

    Manjal ila ada is now ready to serve.

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