Vella Adai and Uppu Adai for Karadayan Nombhu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Karadayan Nombhu, a Vrath/Pooja done on the day when the Tamil Month Maasi ends and Panguni begins or transition from Maasi to Panguni. It is also known as Savithri Vratham, as it is told that Savithri made this pooja and won back her husband's life from Yamdharma Raj . These Adai's are made as an offering to Goddess Kamakshi on this day. 
 Some have the tradition of making only Vellam Adai/Jaggery Adai. While many like me make both.  It is said, when savithri was following yamdharma raj, the  transition of the month began and she made this pooja in the middle of jungle with nothing but Wet sand/Kali man. So, at the end, what matter most is your belief.

Ingredients : Vellam Adai makes 5 adai's
1/4 Cup Rice Flour ( i used store-bought)
1/3 Cup Jaggery (if you want it to be litle more sweet add 2 tbsp extra)
1 tbsp Chopped Coconut flesh/grated coconut
1 tbsp Red Chowri beans/Black Eye Beans, Presoaked for 15 minutes in Hot water
3/4 Cup Water

  • In a Microwave Safe Plate/Bowl, take the rice flour and Microwave high for 1 minute. I normally store my flour in the freezer, so it is good to fry the flour before using it.
  • In a Non-Stick pan, take the jaggery and water. Let the jaggery melt in the water. Drain the impurities and heat it again.
  • Add the Chopped/grated Coconut, Beans, let it boil.
  • Once it starts to boil, reduce the flame, add the rice flour little by little to the jaggery water and stir. If you feel it is difficult doing both at the same time, add the flour in full to the water, take it off the stove, stir well and return it back to the stove. This can be done, since i m using very little flour here.

  • Keep stirring and let the flour cook. In about 8-10 minutes, the flour will cook and start coming together like a smooth dough. Take it off the stove.Keep it covered. 
  • Once it is warm enough to touch, grease your hands with oil/ghee and Pinch Lemon-size balls of the flour and press it in between your palms to make a patty and poke a hole in the center  Repeat the same with the rest of the dough. I got about 5 patties.
  • Steam Cook the patties in a Pressure Cooker without whistle Steamer for 10-12 minutes. Once done, take it on a plate and Serve with loads of butter.
Ingredients : Uppu Adai, makes 8 adais
1/2 Cup Rice Flour
1 tbsp Grated Coconut
Salt to taste
1 Cup Water

1-2 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Chana dal
2 green chilies, chopped
2 sprigs curry leaves
1/2 tsp shredded ginger
hing a pinch

  • In a Microwave Safe Plate/Bowl, take the rice flour and Microwave high for 1 minute. I normally store my flour in the freezer, so it is good to fry the flour before using it.
  • In a Non-Stick pan, Heat oil given under "Tempering". Splutter Mustard seeds, add chana dal. curry leaves, chopped green chilies, shredded ginger.

  • Next add water and salt. When the water starts boiling, reduce the flame. the water should not boil once you reduce the flame. Now add flour little by little and whisk well to ensure that no lumps are formed.
  • Let it cook for 8-10minutes in low flame to a smooth dough. Take it off the stove. 
  • Once it is warm enough to touch, pinch lemon-sized balls out of the dough and make a patty and poke a hole in the middle. 

  • Steam Cook in a Pressure Cooker without whistle for 10 minutes. Once done, Take it a plate serve warm.
  • This Savory adai doesn't actually need any Condiment, since we have added enough spices to make it tasty.
  • While making the dough, if you feel the dough is bit dry, sprinkle little warm water and make the patty or if the dough is a bit loose, cook it for some more time.
  • The Amount of water needed depends upon the Rice Flour used, here it is an approximation, you won't need any less, but might need a little extra.

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  1. Happy nonbu to you. i like the way you have presented all that represents this festival. And your vella adais are making me drool...will have to wait till tomorrow, make and eat :)

  2. very yummy n authentic adai... love the sweet adai much...

  3. happy nombu to u.The nombu adais r perfect and nice with lovely clicks.

  4. Wow that looks so delicious, luvly clicks.

  5. Happy nombu to You. Nombu adai super.

  6. Wow...looks so wonderful.... :-)

  7. Happy nonbu wishes Priya, wat an authentic nonbu adais..

  8. such an authentic recipe... thanks for sharing!!
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  9. Love your blog and I am happy to pass on the " Very inspiring blogger" award to you .


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