''/> Elanchi / Madakkusan or Love Letters Skip to main content

Latest on the Blog

Brinjal Gothsu (Curry with Brinjal)

Elanchi / Madakkusan or Love Letters

These Love letters are one of the fondest childhood memories I have. Our mom used to make these quite often for me and my sister. We, specially my sister were always hungry 😁 and my mom would have to always find simple, easy, quick recipes to satisfy us. This was one of those recipes. We used to love having them. And now I have a son who is always hungry and these simple delicious recipes come handy and I treat him. It is a popular Kerala snack, made with maida and egg, or alternatively wheat flour, filled with sweet filling, and its good to go. These are nice and filling too. 

Love letters is a traditional tea time snack in kerala with many different names to its credit. Many call it as Elanchi, Maddakkusan , Mutta Kuzhalapam etc. These coconut -sugar/jaggery filled crepes will surely make your evening snack time sweet. 
Step by step images are given below for your easy reference. 

Video Recipe on YouTube Updated 

Makes about 7-8
  • Maida or all purpose flour/ Wheat flour - 2 cup
  • Egg- 2 Beaten
  • Salt- 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp (Optional)
For filling
  • Coconut-1.5 cup
  • Jaggery- 1 cup
  • Sugar-  1/2 cup (Optional, if not using jaggery)
  • Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 3 tbsp to melt jaggery
  • Ghee/oil- 2 tbsp (Optional)
This recipe can be made with different fillings as per your taste and availability of ingredients: 
  1. Coconut - Sugar : Toast the coconut on medium heat for 2 minuend then add sugar (to taste) and stir till the sugar melts and mixed with coconut. Add cardamom powder(optional) . Use this as a filling in the crepes
  2. Coconut - Jaggery : As mentioned in the recipe below 
  3. Apple Pie filling: Cut apples into tiny pieces and cook it with sugar and cinnamon till they turn soft and gooey 

See Notes **
  1. First we start by making the filling- Add jaggery and water to start melting the jaggery. If using sugar check Step no 3. 
  2. Add coconut and cardamom powder and mix well. 
  3. If using sugar, add ghee coconut and sugar along with elaichi/ cardamom powder and mix well
  4. Now to make the batter, whisk 2 eggs and to it add the maida or wheat flour whichever you are using**. 
  5. Add turmeric powder along with salt and mix well with little water to make batter
  6. Make sure to add water little by little to avoid having a very thin batter. 
  7. Batter consistency should be like a dosa batter 
  8. Heat a pan or tawa and once hot, grease it with ghee (optional)
  9. Add one ladle of batter and spread like a dosa. Make sure not to make it too thin
  10. It cooks very fast, so keep the flame on medium and turn to cook the other side.
  11. Make these crepes and keep aside. 
  12. Now add the filling of your choice and fold it like a burrito. (see step by step image for refernce)
  13. I usually add Raisins and caramelized banana's too ** along with the jaggery-coconut filling. 
  14. Serve warm, plain or drizzle honey for added taste
  • I usually use half and half- 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup wheat flour. You can use whichever you please. 
  • Reduce or increase the quantity according to how much you want to make
  • You can use any filling of your choice. The original recipe demands for a coconut-sugar/Jaggery filling.
  • I have caramelized raisins and bananas in ghee, Just saute' them in ghee for few mins. 
  • I have added nuts powder (home-made) in the jaggery coconut filling for my kid. You can add or avoid. 
  • Make sure the batter is not very thin or thick. It should be dosa batter consistency
  • Make sure the flame is on medium to low as the batter cooks really fast and it will burn. 
Like the idea??
I hope you will love making these and relish it too. 
Please do like, share and subscribe :) 
If you happen to make this do tag me on Instagram and pin it on Pinterest 


Most Popular Ones

Super Moist Chocolate cake with Frosting

If you are looking for a super moist cake which is easy and can be made in one bowl, well look no further -this is the one. Its extremely moist, melts in your mouth chocolate cake. And to have these super moist cake with a drizzle of creamy chocolate frosting is just divine. Another great thing about this cake recipe is that it calls for simple ingredients that I always have on hand. Nothing beats being able to make one of your favorite cakes without having to run to the store for ingredients. In short this recipe is perfect for all the chocolate lovers out there. With the measurements given below you will yield a 1 cake made in 8 * 8 inch cake tin. You can double the amount and make it as 2 cakes for a layered 2 tier cake with frosting. Also these can be baked as a loaf cake. PS: For all those who want to have the measurements to be reduced into half the quantity or want to double the quantity (specially for baking) I recommend using a recipe calculator. I usually use this Recipe Cal

Easy Sambar (without tamarind)

Sambar is a must in most south Indian families and like others even I have grown up having dosa- sambhar and chutney's. A Sambar is a lentil based vegetable stew or curry cooked with dal/lentils along with some veggies and some tamarind pulp. There are coconut based sambar as well and each region has its own sambar variation. In my house, we all prefer quick meals, but yet tasty. My mother who was a working lady would make elaborate meals only during holidays or special occasions. Rest all the meals would be quick yet very very tasty. This is one such sambar which my mom has taught me and is super quick.  This doesn't use tamarind like in a traditional sambar and gets its tangy flavour from tomatoes. Its quick, one pot sambar recipe. Lets dive in and see how its done: Ingredients: Serves 3 1/2 to 1 cup Tur Dal/ Yellow Lentils 2-3 tomatoes chopped (depending on size) 1/2 cup Veggies each of your choice cubed Turmeric powder A pinch of Asafoetida/ Hing 1/2 tsp chilli powder Salt

Home-Made Nuts Powder

Home-Made Nuts powder is something which I have been making since Jeremy was a 9 month old. Initially to introduce nuts, I used to powder each nut separately (one day each) and mix with every food. As he grew older I realized he hates whole nuts especially Almonds and Pistachios. Cashews are still ok with him provided they are salted ones. But still he wasn't consuming much. Thats when I decided to continue making the essential and important nut powder. He hates the fact that nuts or chunky powder has been added and just rejects the whole meal even though its tasty and likes it. But this fine nut powder is a winner and I add it up in almost everything on a daily basis.  So this nut powder is perfect for fussy kid like mine or if you just wanna introduce nuts to your kids diet, this is a good solution. Its pretty simple and fuss free.   The powder is suitable for babies over 8 months, but before you feed this to your baby, make sure that baby has already tried the powdered version o