Mix the jaggery with coconut and keep aside.
Boil water; add salt and the rice flour in parts, continuously folding it together with a fork. Once the entire flour has been folded in, let it rest for a while. Let the mixture cool, meanwhile mash the plantain.
Add the mashed plantain into the mixture and fold it well with your hands. Make balls out of the mixture.
Take a banana leaf, wash it, pat dry and run it over the flame. This prevents breakage when you later flatten it out.
Place a rice ball on the leaf. Wet your hands and gently press it creating round shape as you go along.
Place a generous amount of filling over one half of the pressed dough. Fold it into half along with the leaf. Gently press the edges to hold it together. Fold the edges of the banana leaf and place it in a steamer on medium flame for about 10 – 15 minutes.
By Ria Samuel