My mother sent me a bunch of Fresh Bay leaves and some Kumbilappams too. This is a traditional snack which uses the fresh bay leaves. Banana / fresh jackfruit or even chakka varati (jackfruit halwa) can be used along with roasted rice powder, jaggery mixture steamed and served. It is healthy and tasty.
- Bay Leaves (raw) – 10 Nos ( or as required)
- Roasted rice flour-2 cup
- Jaggery-1- 1 ½ cup
- Small banana- 4 Nos
- Grated coconut – ½ cup ( or chopped coconut pieces)
- Cardamom powder- ½ tsp
- Water- ¾ cup
- Salt a pinch
- Ghee-1/4 tsp (optional)
- Melt jaggery with ½ cup of water. Sieve it and set it aside
- Take a bowl add roasted rice powder, grated coconut or chopped coconut, mashed banana, salt, ghee, cardamom powder and mashed banana. Combine it with clean hands.
- Add the warm jaggery juice, little by little to make to a smooth dough ( the consistency should be that of kuzhakkatta (rice dumpling) / idiappam dough).
- Now take the bay leave and make it into conical shape and pin a tooth pick to keep the shape intact. Fill the rice flour mixture and slightly press with hand. Fill the flour in the similar way into the bay leaves corns.
- Steam it in the steamer. To check it if it is done, take a tooth pick and prick it, if does not come out clean, steam for some more time. Serve as tea time snack or breakfast.
We can also use fresh jackfruit pulp or even chakka varati (jackfruit halwa). For chakka varati dilute it with some warm water, reduce the amount of jaggery as chakka varati also have sweetness of jaggery in it. The taste of the bay leaves is very yummy.