Friday, 13 July 2012

CUCUMBER ADA

A few months back, I had some yummy ada, which we got from the Parmekkavu temple as Prasadam. Parmekkavu is the main deity of Trichur, Kerala. People believe in Her as Mother and  Protector of Trichurians.  Every day early morning at 4.30 am, my husband visits to the temple to seek her blessings. One such day a temple priest gave him the packet, as prasadam. When I opened the packet at home I found more than 25 adas, I really got worried to see so many adas and how to finish them all.  But I found them the tastiest ones i had ever had in my life.... Today I prepared the same but i added cucumber to it. The taste was exactly the same that i had a month back.... 
CUCUMBER ADA


WHAT YOU NEED:


Rice 1/2 cup
Coconut  1/2, grated
Cucumber  1 small
Jaggery 5 pieces
Banana leaves  6 pieces, size of an opened tissue paper
Salt to taste
PACKED ADAS

READY TO EAT ADA.....


HOW TO MAKE:


Wash rice and soak for 30 minutes. Drain.
Grind it to a very fine paste with very little water.
Wash cucumber and grate. (Do not peel the cucumber.)


Heat jaggery and half cup water in a kadahi. Pass the liquid through a strainer to remove impurities.
Wash kadahi and transfer the jaggery liquid in it. Heat again till it gets thread consistency.
To this, add grated coconut.
Squeeze out the water from the cucumber if there is any, and add it to jaggery syrup.
Mix well. Stir till  water content evaporates.


Now run the banana leaves over the fire for few seconds to make it soft, otherwise it will break while folding.


Spread 6 banana leaves on the floor, put rice paste on the leaves and spread paste all over the leaf by cradling the leaf in the hand. When it is spread put the jaggery cucumber mixture in the middle.
Now fold this like a package. 


Then Steam them in a Cooker or Pedavan (Idli Maker) for 30 minutes.


Now Ada is ready to eat.


Serve hot or cold with ghee or a blob of butter.

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