Ilayappam or Ila ada (ഇലയപ്പം,ഇലയട) was my favourite evening snack during school days.I think we, Keralites have a special bonding with this humble snack mainly because this is made with all the ingredients an average Malayali would die for.Rice,coconut,jaggery and then to embrace the banana leaf flavour.What more to ask for !.We use banana leaves so much in our every day life that wrapping a lunch in it instead of carrying a lunch box is nothing less than a feast .We call it pothichoru.Whichever curry you carry in that lunch,when you open the banana wrap, it is sure to offer a supreme flavour of true homely food.
Now on to the recipe I am scribing below.This is a traditional style of making Ila appam.Recently, we all prepare Ilayappam with roasted rice flour where as our mothers loved to grind it to a fine paste to give the real taste.Anyway,I have made it in the older way to give an authentic version to you.Here it is..
3/4 cup boiled rice,soaked in cold water for 1 hour
3/4 cup parboiled rice,soaked in cold water for 1 hour
1/4 to 1/2 cup of water (to grind rice)
pinch of salt
1 heaped cup of jaggery
3 tbsp water (to melt jaggery)
1.5 cup grated coconut
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp ghee
*Need banana leaves cut into medium square pieces.(you may use parchment paper/aluminium foil)
- Grind the soaked rice together adding the water and salt.Be careful while adding water.The rice paste should be thick and smooth.So add water little by little.
- Meanwhile heat jaggery and water in a pan.When it boils,add the grated coconut and ghee. Sauté well and roast till it becomes thick.Add cardamom powder and switch off the stove.
- Now take the banana leaves and spread a handful of rice paste in a circular shape.Take spoonfuls of jaggery coconut mixture and place it in the middle of rice paste.Slightly press it with hand.Now fold the appam along with banana leaf.Press all the sides well .This will seal the filling.
- Place all Ilayappams in a steamer and steam in medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
*Made 10 medium sized ilayappams with these ingredients.
Ilyappam is going to participate in Celebrate Sweets-Sweets with Rice event guest hosted by Priya of Priya’s Easy N’ Tasty Recipes,event by Nivedita
and CBB-Evening Tiffin event hosted by Radhika.