Friday, July 8, 2011

Causing the chilmadde (sweet rice cones)

There's always been a connection with rice cakes and South India. My connection comes with the fact that I am a South Indian. This sweetmeat was being prepared at ours since I was a little girl but it is something you appreciate with time. Your palate has to accustom itself to the joy of a steamed rice cake filled with goodness.

Let me introduce for the first time the "Chilmadde",  a rice cake made in leaves of Jackfruit and our guest author Varija-akke, my dear grandmother. A recipe that has trailed down for generations has been appreciated and shown the thumbs up by my two year old, for me to have the nerve to bring it to you.

With news of a new member coming into the family comes great joy, celebrations and revelation of a whole load of recipes. It has brought out the chef in my grandmother as she prepares for the customs involving food. I'm drooling with joy as I watch her begin with what looks like a batch of leaves. One is transported to the old fruit groves and green fields that were so much a part of every Bunt (a community of people belonging to the South Karnataka district) child's summer vacation if not the whole reality of their lives. This recipe has brought with it not only the sunshine that is evidence the life of the leaf it's made with but also smiles and conversations about games played with pebbles and swims in the pond somewhere near the mango tree.

 Picture courtesy: Saujanya Shetty

Print this recipe
  • 30 jackfruit leaves
  • 2 cups brown rice (washed and soaked for 5 hrs)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder


1.  Prepare the cones as shown in the video.

2. For outer cover, grind the soaked rice and salt using little water to make moist and thick dough.
Keep this aside.
3. Prepare the sweet filling:
Place a pan on medium flame,add jaggery, when it melts add the coconut and cardamom powder and mix well,cook till you get a thick but moist filling.
4. Fill cones as shown in the video.Place 2 tbsp of rice dough into the cone and spread it around the cone, make a hole and fill the cones with coconut and jaggery filling. Cover with 1/2 tbsp of rice dough.
5. Place the cones in a steamer and steam for 45 minutes.
6. Serve with homemade ghee.

My granny Varija-akke with Chilmadde :)


  1. What a sweet story! I love thinking about and enjoying the food of my that have been passed down throughout so many generations. It's especially wonderful when a grandmother prepares it for you :)

  2. hi rinku
    thank you,i have already posted the recipe

    thank you

    i love to cook with my granny,there is so much to learn

  3. somethg very new and I loved the tale behind it and advance wishes to the new one that's gonna be part of your family !

  4. :) this is so sweet , by far the best write up :) and your dodda looks highly adorable here :)

  5. I am very new to this Charishma, I am learning so many new things from your blog actually. Well done! The chimtadde's look mouthwatering - I think they are similar to the sweet patholis we make in haldi leaves...gosh! I miss all Mangalorean delicacies now. Your granma looks very sweet, pls pass my regards to her!

  6. I remember my dodda and her recipes seeing at her .......she resembles her


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