Thursday, March 14, 2013

KAARA ADAI (கார அடை)

Karadian Nombu is a Tamizh festival during which married women fast for the well-being of their husbands. This is observed when the Tamizh month MASI ends and PANGUNI begins. On this auspicious day, married women and girls tie a "HOLY YELLOW THREAD" around their neck.
The two main preparations made on this day are Kaara Adai and Sweet(Vella) Adai. To give a traditional touch these two dishes are offered in Banyan Leaf.
Kaara Adai

MAKES: 12-14 adais


Rice flour- 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup

Mustard - 1 tsp
Udid Dhal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - A pinch
Green Chillis - 1-2
Curry Leaves - 1 tsp
Grated Ginger - 1/2 tsp
Diced Coconut - 2 tbsp
Cow pea - 1 tbsp

Karadian Nombu


  • Roast mustard, udid dhal, green chillis, ginger, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • Add rice flour and salt.
  • Roast until it turns light pink.
  • Add water and stir the mixture.
  • It will turn into a smooth dough.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Make small balls and flatten using your palms.
  • Press slightly in the centre.
  • Steam these flattened adais in ldli pan/any other plate as per your convenience. (For me, it took 10 minutes to steam 16 adais in Idli pan)
  • Your Kaara Adais are ready!!
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