Chakka ada - Jackfruit dumplings with the goodness of bay leaves


Ila ada has always been an after-school snack across generations. The seasonal variant, jackfruit ada also enjoys a good fanbase. You can easily enhance the taste of this wonder food by simply replacing the plantain leaf covering with bay leaves. 

Ada that is made using bay leaf or vayana ila have many names across the states.  Theraliyappam and Poocha puzhungiyath are some of those. Steaming with bay leaves gives it a distinct flavour, which will make you grab a handful for sure.


Mashed jackfruit

Jaggery syrup

Grated coconut

Rice flour

Cardamom powder

Vayana leaves (bay leaves)


Pour jaggery syrup to a pan.

Add grated coconut and saute well

When it boils, add mashed jackfruit and mix well

Keep aside the pan

Add rice flour to it and mix it well

Add cardamom powder

Mix thoroughly until a thick batter is formed

Pour the batter on a vayana leaf (bay leaf)

Spread it evenly using a spoon and fold it.

Steam these folded leaf for around 30 minutes or until the Ada is cooked

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