Thursday, March 14, 2013


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.

Karadian nombu

MAKES: 12-14 adais


Rice flour - 1 cup
Grated jaggery - 1cup
Diced coconut - 4 tbsp
Cow pea (காராமணி) - 2 tbsp
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Ghee - 2 tsp
Elachi - A pinch
Sweet Adai

  • Dry roast rice flour till it turns light pink.
  • In the meanwhile, dry roast   cow pea too.
  • Dissolve jaggery in water and boil the same.
  • Filter to remove dust and mud.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the solution. Also add coconut, elachi and cow pea.
  • Let it boil well.
  • Soon it starts boiling, add rice flour and mix well. 
  • Now add ghee to it.
  • It turns into a smooth dough.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Now, make small balls and flatten with your palms.
  • Press slightly in the centre.
  • Steam these flattened adais in ldli pan/any other plate as per your convenience. (10 minutes to steam 16 adais in Idli pan)
  • Serve Sweet Adais with Butter!! 
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