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Thursday, March 13, 2014

NOMBU ADAI AND NOMBU KOZHUKATTAI (SWEET & SALT) / KAARADAI - A REPOST

HOW TO MAKE NOMBU ADAI AND NOMBU KOZHUKATTAI , HOW TO MAKE KAARADAIHOW TO MAKE NOMBU ADAI AND NOMBU KOZHUKATTAI , HOW TO MAKE KAARADAI

HAPPY NOMBU!! 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. We say the flattened one as 'Nombu adai' and dumplings as 'Nombu kozhukattai'.

HOW TO MAKE NOMBU ADAI AND NOMBU KOZHUKATTAI , HOW TO MAKE KAARADAI

SWEET KAARADAI and 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 oblong balls and steam for 10 minutes.

SALT KAARADAI and KOZHUKATTAI

INGREDIENTS:

Rice flour - 1 cup (heaped) 
Ghee - 2 tsp. 
Cow peas - 2 tsp. 
Chopped coconut - 1 teaspoon
Scraped coconut - 2 tablespoonsGinger (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 oblong balls and steam for 10 minutes.

15 comments :

  1. Nice to know about this festival.Thank for this great post.
    Once i tasted sweet kozhukattai stuffing with jack fruit jam and topping with fresh butter in my neighbor's house in coimbatore. Do you have any idea about this recipe.If possible post that recipe.Thank you
    Warm greetings
    rani

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  2. Wow.. looks awesome inviting.. thanks for sharing !!

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  3. Nice recipes and beautiful pictures.

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  4. Happy Nombu to u Shanthi.Lovely post with sweet and salt nombu adais looking very delicious.

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  5. I love this a lot,I remember eating this by sandwiching the sweet and savory version! :)

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  6. Nice useful post. going to celebrate 2morrow. :)

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  7. Wishing you a happy nonbu...

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  8. Happy nonbu, wonderful post..

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  9. lovely pics with yummy sweet-salt recipes

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  10. வாவ்...ரொம்ப அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...

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  11. nice post...love both the sweet and savory one

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  12. Happy Nombu!!I gonnu make this Kaaradi this evening

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  13. Hope you have a long and blessed married life, god bless. I loved the sweet and savory dishes you have shared with us- both are new to me. Looks delicious, though!

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  14. Happy nonbu.Have to make this tomorrow morning.Nice post

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