ilayada/pazham ilayada

ilayada/pazham ilayada

Ilayada or Banana Ada, Diwali Special Sweet

Happy Diwali to you all.

I have been living in Kerala since my birth and the spirit and enthusiasm deepavli or diwali brings to Keralites has been par with  any other parts in India. For diwali; the sweets have always been on  top of the list . Every household makes ilayappam or  ada with different fillings…most popular among them are the ones with banana, coconut and jaggery and the ones with jackfruit filling.

ilayada/ ilayappam

ilayada/ ilayappam


  • Rice flour – 200 gms
  • Jaggery – 100 gms
  • Grated coconut – 100 gms
  • Banana – 100 gms, sliced
  • Cardamom powder – 1/ 2 Tsp
  • Banana leaves
  • Boiling water
  • Salt one pinch


  1. Mix the rice flour with salt in a bowl.
  2. Add boiling water little by little to the rice flour and mix using a spoon.
  3. Let the mixture cool and knead the mixture with your hands and set aside.
  4. Mix together the cut banana, grated coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder and set aside.
  5. Wilt the banana leaves over the flame, wilting is done so that the banana leaves don’t break while spreading and  folding.
  6. Place  the ball shaped dough on the banana leaves and spread it thin using your finger tips.
  7. Place the filling in the middle of the rolled out dough and spread it around.
  8. Fold the leaves from one side and press it lightly.
  9. When the water starts to boil inside the Idli cooker, place the ada inside, cover with a lid.
  10. Cook for about 7-8 minutes and your banana ada is ready.

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Bone Appetite & Happy Cooking!



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