Featured Recipe: Illai Adai (Steamed Rice Pancakes With Sweet Coconut Filling)

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Serves- 6-7 pcs
  • Ingredients:

For outer covering

  • Rice Flour: 1 cup
  • Oil: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1 pinch
  • Water: 2 cups

For Filling

  • Coconut: 1 cup grated
  • Jaggery: ¾ cup
  • Jackfruit (ripe): ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder: 1 pinch
  • Ghee: 1 tsp


  • Take a pan and melt some ghee in it.  Now add the chopped jackfruit pieces and allow them to cook for some time.
  • Now add the jaggery in grated form, and allow it to melt. Add the coconut and stir well. Add a pinch of cardamom powder. Cool and set aside. 
  • To make the outer covering, dry roast the rice flour until it is nice and fragrant. In another pan, boil the 2 cups of water, add to it some oil and salt.
  • Once boiled, add the roasted rice flour and mix gently. Make a soft dough, while the mixture is still warm. 
  • In order to make the stuffing, take cleaned banana leaves and grease them with ghee. Now gently place a small ball of the rice dough and gently flatten it to make a roti-like shape.
  • Add the coconut and jackfruit stuffing on one half of the rice, cover and gently fold the other half over it. Press the edges to seal it properly. 
  • Repeat for all rice covers. 
  • To steam the rice parcels, boil some water in a steamer. Add the banana leaves with rice parcels on them.
  • Steam for about 3-4 minutes. Serve warm as a dessert.

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