Kotte kadubu, a real classic recipe from the village of my roots. It may seem like your regular, normal idli but it has got an artistic touch. Which means you are learning something new. The art of converting jackfruit leaves in to cup like structure and steaming flavorful idli in it is heavenly experience. When you make them for the first time, you would surely feel the joy of hand made art. The plan for kotte kadubu recipe with video was in my to-do list since a while. But where in the world can I get Jackfruit leaves? In this dessert land of Middle East? Nope. Hence, my return journey from India had all such precious stuff in my travel bag. Seems weird to you? But for me, from the perspective of my blog all such unique items which I can’t get hold of so easily here are super PRECIOUS. So you can imagine my travel bag and it’s contents now.
Idli is the food that I was raised on. Not Kotte kadubu though. Our ancestors and their food knowledge needs lot of appreciation. Kotte kadubu is one such example where in the leaves of jackfruit become cups to steam idli batter. The leaves not only induce it’s flavor to the steamed cake but also act as use-and-throw kind of cup. Which means no hassle of dish washing and storing the idli for later use. Hats off to our ancestors and their intellect.
When you need to steam cook idli for a large crowd in mammoth quantity, then this method is the best. All that is needed is lot of jackfruit leaves and few hands to turn them in to cups. I have put together a detailed video which will help you learn the art of cup making and hence kotte kadubu.
Check the video here: