This sweet dish is a seasonal delicacy of Dakshina Kannada and Malnad region. This traditional dish is served as breakfast or as evening snack. It is prepared in the evening and served next morning generally. It is worth trying though the process of making it is time consuming and complicated too. It is loaded with carbohydrates & sugar. So it is suggested to eat monitoring the sugar level if diabetic and if a weight watcher. Except sweet, it is a healthy option as it is nutritionally rich & steam cooked. It is prepared in different steps of preparing rice batter, coconut- jaggery – jackfruit sweet stuffing, cleaning the banana leaves and finally is enclosed in the leaves and steam cooked. There are many variations possible with infused turmeric flavour by adding turmeric leaves while cooking and without jackfruit if it is not a season. If you want to try non sweet kadubu/ pathrode recipes then go to Cucumber Kadubu/ Mullusouthe Kottige, Pathrode/ Pathrade, CucumberIdli / Southe Idli… Also check for Jackfruit recipes such as Eggless NuttyJackfruit & Tender coconut Cupcakes, Jackfruit Phirni… Plain coconut – jaggery genasale/ kadubu (without jackfruit) is offered to goddess Durga/ Devi as neivedyam for durga pooja happens during Navarathri night or Trikala pooja. It is served as prasadam with the meal after pooja. Now let us come to the process of making genasale.
Jackfruit can be replaced with coconut & jaggery mix only to make Kai genasale or Coconut jaggery Kadubu. 1-2 fresh turmeric leaves can be kept inside steamer while cooking kadubus to make flavoured kadubu (infused kadubu). The sweet mix (Coconut, jaggery & jackfruit) can be mixed with the thick rice batter and folded inside the banana leaves to make kottige which is steam cooked. It is the variant of jackfruit kadubu and the process is simpler than genasale. Change is just mixing instead stuffing and rest of the procedure remains same. The aroma fills inside the home while cooking this dish. Shelf-life of this is 1 day generally if kept outside the refrigerator.