Friday, December 30, 2011

Ada Pradhaman recipe

"Pradhaman" in Malayalam means number one ,and it is so for a good reason ! unlike its counterpart 'payasm' or 'kheer' ada pradhaman is made elaborately using a variety of ingredients on the occasion of OnaSadya ,which is a banquet arranged for the celebration of onam festival in kerela.
  The recipe itself can be divided into two parts ,first being the preparation of ada and second -preparation of pradhaman .There are ready-made ada available in the market but you can sure tell the difference when its homemade .

For Ada:
rice-1/2 cup
banana leafs - cut into small portions

preparation of Ada :
(makes apprx 1 cup )

  • Soak rice for about 4 hrs 
  • make into a thick paste using very little water at a time 
  • clean and pat dry the leaves and spread the  batter on top like a dosa,leaving enough space on the corners 
  • Roll up carefully and tie with a string 
  • steam cook for about 10-15 minutes 
  • remove from the streamer using tongs and let cool
  • Once cool open up the leaves and sprinkle with a little water to make the ada stop sticking 
  • using a sharp knife start making horizontal and vertical lines on the sheet and remove carefully
  • This is our base for the pradhaman lets proceed with the recipe
Notes: The ada will be sticky due to starch content,dip your fingers in oil before handling the sheet to make it easy to work with

For pradhaman :
(makes 2 medium servings)

1 cup ada
1/2 cup crushed jaggery(or adjust to your taste)
1 cup thick coconut milk
seeds of 3 cardamom-crushed
nuts and dry fruits of your choice

  • Bring the jaggery to a boil along with 1/4 cup of water.filter if you feel there are impurities .
  • add 1 cup ada and boil for 5 minutes 
  • add the coconut milk simmer for 5 minutes 
  • finally add the crushed cardamom and turn of the heat
  • top with your favorite nuts and dry fruits toasted in ghee  .
Notes: the traditional recipe calls only for coconut milk but one can use part milk and part coconut milk or any proportion to their liking and taste . 

Here is a quick video tutorial:

Thank you for visiting greenhouse cuisine .

Wishing everybody a happy 2012!

1 comment:

  1. Can we use thin milk first in this recpie before adding thick milk?