Idi Ada

Ingredients for Idi Ada:

1. Coriander seeds – 2 big spoons

    Red chillies – 2

    Kashmiri chilli – 2

    Fennel seeds – 1.5 small spoons

    Cumin seeds – ¾ small spoon

    Coconut scrapped – 2 big spoons

    Cinnamon – 2 pieces

    Cloves – 4

2. Meat chopped fine – 250 gm

3. Garlic paste – 2 small spoons

    Ginger paste – 1 small spoon

    Salt – As required

4. Water – ½ cup

5. Coconut oil – 2 big spoons

6. Onions – 4, chopped fine

    Green chillies – 2, chopped

7. Garam masala powder – ½ small spoon

    Coriander leaves – 1 big spoon

    Salt – As required

8. Water – 1.5 cups

    Salt – As required

9. Pathiri powder – 1 cup

10. Banana leaf pieces – As required

How to prepare Idi Ada?

1. Dry fry ingredients no: 1 till it turns red.

2. Make a fine powder once the contents cool.

3. Marinate meat using the above masala powder, salt and ginger-garlic paste.

4. Allow marinated meat to rest for 15 minutes.

5. Add sufficient water and cook meat. Make it dry.

6. Heat oil and saute onions and chopped green chillies.

7. Keep sauting till onions turn soft.

8. Add ingredients no: 7, mix well and take off from flame. This meat mixture is used as filling.

9. Boil water adding salt and add flour little by little. Mix it well.

10. Knead the dough using greased hands to make it soft.

11. Grease banana leave bits and squeeze the dough on to them in round shapes using idiyappam squeezer.

12. While doing so, place a little filling at the centre, and fold the leaf to get ada shape.

13. Continue the process for remaining dough and filling.

14. Steam cook adas using a steamer.

15. Allow to cool adas before you serve. If you serve hot, it may stick to your hands.

Archive: Vanitha Magazine May 15-31, 2019

Read a few more steam cooked Ada recipes here. Here is the page link. Click on the images in the gallery to read. 


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