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Sunday, March 14, 2010

NOMBU KOZHUKATTAI (SWEET & SALT KARADAI)

                             
Karadayan nombu is a Tamil festival (similar to Karva Chauth) observed by married women for the well being of their husbands. This is observed when the Tamil month Maasi ends and Panguni begins. Married women fast on this day. "Kaaradai" is prepared on this day and taken while breaking the fast. A kolam is drawn for each female member of the family. A banana leaf (nuni vazhai ilai) is placed on each kolam. A set of betel leaves alongwith turmeric and betel nuts, flowers, plantain and a nombu charadu plus a sweet nombu kozhukattai, sweet adai and butter is placed on each leaf. During the "nombu" the "charadu" (yellow thread) is tied around the neck chanting "URUKKADHA VENNAYUM ORADAIYUM NAAN NOTREN, ORUKKALUM EN KANAVAN PIRIYAMAL IRUKKANUM". i.e., praying for the togetherness of the husband and wife. The salt adai is not for offering and its just an addition to the sweet adai.

SWEET KAARADAI & KOZHUKATTAI

INGREDIENTS:


Rice flour - 1 cup (heaped)

Crushed jaggery - 1 cup ( level cup)

Cardamom - 4

Ghee - 2 tsp.

Cow peas - 2 tsp.

Chopped coconut - 1 tablespoon

Water - 1 1/4 cup


METHOD:

Dry roast rice flour to a golden brown colour.


Dry roast cow peas, boil in water and keep aside.


Dissolve jaggery in water, strain to remove the mud and dust. Allow it to boil. Now, add the coconut pieces, ghee, powdered cardamom, cow peas and rice flour. Stir well till it becomes like a dough.
When cool, make small balls out of it, grease your handwith oil, flatten it with your hand, put a small hole in the centre and steam it in an idli plate for 8 to 10 minutes. This is kaaradai. For sweet kozhukattais, make small long balls and steam for 10 minutes.

SALT KAARADAI & KOZHUKATTAI


INGREDIENTS:

Rice flour - 1 cup (heaped)

Ghee - 2 tsp.

Cow peas - 2 tsp.

Chopped coconut - 1 teaspoon
Scraped coconut - 2 tablespoons
Ginger (crushed) - 1/2 tsp.
Chopped curry leaves - few
Green chillies ( chopped) - 1/2 tsp.

Water - 1 1/4 cup
Oil - 2 tsp.
Salt - as per taste
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.

Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp.


METHOD:

Dry roast rice flour to a golden brown colour. Dry roast cow peas, boil in water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds and urad dhal. When golden brown, add ginger, green chillies & curry leaves. Add water and required amount of salt. Allow it to boil. Now, add the coconut pieces, ghee, cow peas and rice flour. Stir well, till it becomes like a dough. When cool, make small balls out of it. Grease your hand with oil, flatten it with your hand, put a small hole in the centre and steam it in an idli plate for 8 to 10 minutes. For salt kozhukattais, make small long balls and steam for 10 minutes.

28 comments :

  1. Shanti wish u a very happy nombu and best wishes for a happy and a prosperous married life.

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  2. What alovely festival and the dishes look lovely .

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  3. Wonderful Kozhukattais Maami! Happy Karadiyan Nombu to you!

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  4. Traditional preps....looks gr8

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  5. Everything looks delicious..:)

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  6. wow that looks just so delicious..

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  7. Looks tasty & perfect shape...........

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  8. This is new to me..looks so delicious..

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  9. Never tried this kolukattai before... looks good and I must try this one day...

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  10. Yummy adais. Made them too.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the info. Marking it for my future use.

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  12. i miss all these functions.your celebration looks great.

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  13. The adais look lovely..would just gobble with a spoon of butter..

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  14. hey nice info abt this festival...dint kwn abt this...both the dishes look yummy

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  15. very nice. looks so good. pasikardhu:)

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  16. Belated ugadhi wishes!!! Adai looks yummy!!

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  17. LOoks nice,has come out perfect,I love the flavor of karamani the best in these!

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  18. We too celebrated the same .. stil have the taste of sweet & salt adai in my tongue ;)

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  19. lovely adai... aunty...
    I wasnt aware of Noumb falling on Sunday until tat morning.. could not do any preparation . Infact for few minutes i was worried as i did not bring the charadu from India... but found the ones i bought last yr ....

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  20. yummy delicious sweet n salt adai. That was a nice read about the tradition and dishes. So well made and well described, Thanx for sharing all these great info with readers like us

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  21. First time here.. U have lovely space.. both recipes look very nice.. reminds me my mom's preparation

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  22. Both recipes Looks so delicious n yummy.
    Wish you happy Nombu.

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  23. Perfect recipe and the pooja plate.. I didn't have plantain leaf so had to make do with what i had! I just wrote a post on the same.. Visit & leave you suggestions..would love to learn from u!

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