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Karadaiyan nombu adai recipe (sweet & salt)

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Karadaiyan Nombu Adai-Uppu Adai-Vella Adai Recipes

Karadaiyan Nombu is observed by the Tamil Brahmin Community in which married women prays and does poojas for the well being and long life of her husband.


Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Recipes

Sweet Karadai/Vella Adai Recipe

Cook time - under 20 mins
Yields - 12

Ingredients needed

Raw rice - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Coconut bits or grated coconut- 1/4 cup ( I used a mix of both)
Black eyed peas or karamani - 1 tbsp cooked
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp


Pressure cook black eyes peas until soft but not mushy.

Roast raw rice until it changes to golden brown color.Grind it coarsely like rava.

Melt jaggery in 1 1/2 cup of water, filter it to remove impurities.


Add grated coconut and karamani/cow peas, cardamom powder to the jaggery water.

Boil jaggery water, when it starts boiling, add a tsp of ghee.Then reduce the flame and add rice rava slowly stirring continuously.

Keep the flame in medium and cook well until it leaves the sides of the pan. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.

Divide it equally, make balls, flatten it, put a hole in the center (as in the picture above) and steam the sweet adais in an idly cooker or steamer for 15 minutes.

Serve with butter.

Uppu Adai Recipe for Karadaiyan Nombu

Cook time - under 20 mins
Yields - 12

Preparation of Rice flour

Wash and soak raw rice for 3-4 hours. Drain the water completely and spread it on a cloth for 10-15 minutes. Then grind it to a fine powder or you can get it ground in the flour mill.

Then roast that rice flour in medium flame until you get a sandy texture. There should not be any moisture in the flour.

Ingredients needed

Rice flour - 1 cup
Water - 2 cup
Thinly sliced coconut bits - 1/4 cup
Karamani or black eyes peas - 11/2 tbsp cooked

For the seasoning

Oil -3 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Mustard -3/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Ginger 1 inch piece finely chopped
Green chilli - 2 finely chopped
Curry leaves -few


Heat 3 tsp of oil, add hing, mustard seeds ,when mustard splutters, add urad dal, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves.

When dal turns light brown, add coconut bits, cooked black eyes pea and saute for a few seconds.

Add 2 cups of water, salt needed and bring it to boil.

When water starts boiling, reduce the flame and add rice flour slowly stirring continuously.

Cook till it leaves the sides of the pan.Allow it to cool.

Make balls, flatten it, make a hole in the center and steam cook for 15 minutes or until done.(Grease the idly plate before steaming)

Note - The quantity of water may vary according to the rice flour used. Do not use ordinary store bought rice flour but you can use rice flour meant for preparing idiyappams.

You can use the same rice flour for preparing vella adai also. In that case you must add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice flour. This will vary according to the rice flour used and quality of rice.

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai-Uppu Adai-Vella Adai Recipes | Padhuskitchen
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