Sweet/Savory Adai

Karadayan Nonbu is observed in Tamil Nadu on the last day in Maasi masam or the Masi month in Tamil calendar. This festival also marks the Meena Sankramanam or the transition of Sun into Meena Rasi (Pisces) from Kumbha rasi (Aquarius). Married women worship Goddess Gauri or Parvathi or Shakti for marital bliss and better health of husband and children. Unmarried girls perform this virutham to get a good husband….

I think you all know story of savitri…..she love satyavan, but after that she knows that he was destined to die in one year. Even knowing this she married him out her true love. They led a happy life and soon a year passed and Savitri realized that Satyavan would die any moment. So she kept fast and always followed him. .Her offerings were durwa grass and peepal leaves.She performed neivedhyam with wild rice and toor dal. that is kaara arisi and thuvaram parrupu that is why this vratham is known as karadayan nonbu. Because of this nonbu she get blessings of yaman and saved her husband. There is a story behind how she tricked yaman and get the blessings… But due to nonbu she able to see yaman and talk to him….

One song used to recite by ladies during that nonbu….

” Throram Krishhnami subhake saharitham
Dharami aham bharthu
Ayushya Sidhartham supreethabhava sarvadha”

Tamil meaning is

Urukaddha Venneyum oradhayam naan nootren
Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum

English meaning

I offer butter and the rice made out of kaara arisi bless me that i live happily with my husband.

Source: Friend from another group…

For a change, A sweet and savory adai -Karadaiyan nonbu SPL

Sweet/Savory adai

Sweet/Savory adai

For sweet adai :
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp-OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

For salt adai:
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp –OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste

To temper for salt adai:

Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 tbsp torn into small pieces
Channa dal-1 tbsp
Urad dal -1 tbsp
Hing – a small pinch
Green Chillies – 1 chopped finely


We can use home made riceflour or store bought..I used store bought flour.

Home made version:

Need to take reqd qty of rice and clean it with water and spread it on a muslin cloth to dry. After it gets dried, grind it in a mixie and then sieve it..

For velladai/sweet adai:

1. Powder jaggery. Then heat the jaggery with one cup of water, so that it gets melted completely.
2. Then filter it to remove th impurities in it..
3.Karamani is optional. i have not used it.
4. Dry roast the rice flour nicely till its flavor comes out.
5.Heat up the jaggery syrup in a pan, slowly add the roasted flour.
6.Add cardamom powder and coconut pieces to it.
7. Mix all well so that no lump is formed.
7. Flatten the mixture. While doing it apply oil in your hands so that hands does not get sticky.

For uppadai/savory adai
1. Take a pan, season it with the above said ingredients.
2. Then add required qty of water and after that add salt.
3. finally add the required qty of flour and mix it well so that lumps are not there.
4. Make lemon sized balls and then flatten to make adais..

Or for uppadai, we can say it as simply make it in upma style….
Now, both adais are ready. Serve it with butter. A heavenly combo!


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