Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt
Karadaiyan Nombu is a sacred festival celebrated during the transition period between the Tamil months Maasi and Panguni. It is a type of prayer and offering to goddess to have a good Husband and for the goodness of one woman’s Husband. They offer sweet and salt adai and Butter. On that day they tie yellow thread on their wrist or neck. This year Karadaiyan Nombu will come on March 14.
 We don't have Karadaiyan Nombu. During my college days and later in my life I used to get this Nombu adai from my friends and neighbours. As, in this year I tried myself and here it goes.
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt


Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Ingredients :
For sweet Adai:
Rice flour                             - 1 cup
Jaggery                                 - 1 cup
Coconut bits                       - 3 tblsp
Karamani white                   - 3 tblsp (Cowpea)
Water                                   - 2 cups
Cardamom powder               - ½ tsp
Gingelly oil                          - 2 tblsp (greasing the palm)
For Salt Adai:
Rice flour                             - 1 cup
Coconut bits                       - 3 tblsp
Karamani white                   - 3 tblsp (Cowpea)
Water                                   - 2 cups
Green chilli                         - 2
Curry leaves                       - 10
Mustard                               - ½ tsp
Asafoetida                          - ½ tsp
Salt                                         - to taste
Oil                                           - 2 tblsp
Gingelly oil                          - 2 tblsp (greasing the palm)

Karadaiyan Nonmbu Adai (Sweet and salt) Method:
Soak the raw rice for half an hour. Drain the water and dry in the shade. Grind it in the mixie and sieve it. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

Then dry in the shade. After drying you can roast in the pan. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

Chop coconut into bits. Dry roast karamani (Cowpea) and soak it for half an hour and cook (Don’t cook mushy). 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

Add jaggery and water in a pan and boil till jaggery dissolves. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt
Strain the jaggery and boil again.
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

 Add cooked karamani, coconut, cardamom powder and rice flour and mix well. Sprinkle the rice flour and stir continuously or else lumps will be formed. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

Mix well and make a smooth dough. Grease the palm with gingelly oil and make small balls out of it. Press these balls in the palm and make small hole in the centre.
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

 Steam cook the sweet adais in the Idli pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Chop green chilli and curry leaves finely. Chop coconut into bits. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, green chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

When they crackle add cooked karamani, coconut bits, salt and water and allow it to boil. Sprinkle rice flour and stir continuously or else lumps will be formed. Mix well and make a smooth dough. 
Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt

Grease the palm with gingelly oil and make small balls out of it. Press these balls in the palm and make small hole in the centre. Steam cook the  salt adais in the Idli pan for 10 to 15 minutes.
Note:
Cover the dough with a lid or else it will become rough.
Put the cloth in the idli plate while cooking so that the adais will come out well.
If there is any lumps mash it with hands while making adai.
Use non stick pan for better result.

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai Sweet and Salt



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