Similar to the Ela Ada which is made is of rice, we have Ottada which is made of wheat and roasted on Tawa instead of steaming.
Children love this and is one of the best evening dish for them when they return from school :)
Lets see how to make this yummy dish...
Wheat Flour - 2 cups (around 200 gms)
Jaggery - 100 gms, grated/powdered/sliced (Sugar also can be used in place of jaggery, but jaggery tastes better)
Coconut - 1/2 grated
Cardamom - 2-3 nos, powdered
Plantain Leaves - thick, mature ones (avoid tender plantain leaves will burn-off even before the Ottada gets cooked on the tawa) - 4 medium sized leaves (approx. 20 cms x 20 cms)
Salt to taste - since this is a sweet dish, just a pinch of salt must be added
In a bowl, mix grated coconut, powdered/sliced jaggery and powdered cardamom. Keep it aside.
Adding a pinch of sugar into the cardamom seeds while powdering, makes it easy to powder the cardamom seeds well.
In another bowl, take the wheat flour, add a pinch of salt and add water little by little to make a dough. The dough should be a bit loose (not as tight as the dough for chapatti).
Now make a Lemon size balls with the dough and keep it aside about 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile cut the banana leaves into a rectangular shapes of size as mentioned above.
Place one ball of dough on the banana leaf and flatten it on the leaf with your fingers. Dip your fingertips occasionally in water as it makes the flattening easy and the dough does not stick to your hands.
Flatten it uniformly to approx. a millimeter or 2 thick.
Place 2 table spoons of coconut–jaggery mix on the flattened dough. Spread this mix evenly on the flattened dough. Now fold the leaf along with the dough and jaggery-coconut mix in it and keep aside. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough.
Now heat a pan or tawa on medium flame. Put each ada on the tawa and cook for about 10 minutes. While cooking, cook on both the sides - keep each side every 2-3 minutes on the tawa.
The plantain leaf will turn brown slowly.
Once cooked, we will get the smell of the cooked wheat and jaggery. At this point, you can remove it from the tawa.
Ottada is ready… You can make around 3-4 ottadas with the flour taken...