By the way any idea why it’s called Jack fruit? I am clueless
Ripe Jackfruit- 300 gm
Jaggery- 200 gm
Coconut grated- 1 cup
Rice Flour- 1 cup
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
Water- 2 cups
Ghee- 1/4 cup
Now this might seem too tedious to many of you. You have to start with heating the jaggery with 2 cups of water till the jaggery melts completely. Let this mixture cool. Chop the ripe jack fruit into pieces. Cook it on slow fire. There is no need to add water as the jack fruit breaks down it will release water. Once the jack fruit is cooked ( don’t mash it completely let some pieces be there to bite into) add the jaggery and cardamom powder. Cook till the water content is lost and the jack fruit becomes a thick pulp.
Boil some water in another pan. Add salt to the rice flour and set aside in a bowl. Now pour the boiled water into the flour and mix it using a spoon at first and one the dough cools down with your hands. You can now for thin crepes out of this dough and fill in the jack fruit pulp and there after steam these adas.
I chose another method. I added the rice flour directly into the pulp along with some grated coconut and made thin pancakes that were eventually steamed. If you have access to banana leaves apply some oil onto a small piece of the leaf and make the pancake by spreading the dough onto the leaf. Fold into half and steam the adas. I used plastic sheets.
This does not require oil so I directly applied the dough onto the plastic sheet and closed them into half and finally steamed them for 10 minutes. I was lazy to knead the dough separately so I mixed flour into the pulp but traditionally ada is made both ways.
I am not someone who snacks and never had the fortune to snack on these stuff in my childhood. Being far away from my granny in a foreign land, I was denied these treats and my mom never was home to make us snacks for tea. So these treats are rarely made in my kitchen. We often call these treat ‘naalu mani palaharam’ which means ‘four ‘o’ clock’ snacks. But in today’s busy world who has time for such elaborate snacks? So whenever we get together with our loved ones during vacation, I try to experiment some of these stuff to chronicle them for my kids and loved ones who are in search of these recipes. It’s more like my effort to salvage some of the dying recipes that might not be seen in the next generation. With mom coming down for Christmas, I plan to learn some authentic snacks from her, my last refuge in this renaissance cooking spree :)
Stay tuned for some diabetic recipes coming up soon…….