Nombu Vella Adai

There are some dishes that are related to certain festivals and made only for that day and offered as prasad . Karadaiyan Nombu is a festival where sweet and salt adai is made and offered to the almighty.

For the sweet adai


Rice flour 1cup.

jaggery 1 cup

Karamani 2 tablespoon

Cardamom pwd 1/4 taspoon

Ghee 1 teaspoon

Water 1 1/2 cup

Jack-fruit / coconut cut into small pieces —– optional .


Dry roast the rice flour in medium heat until it turns light brown in colour. (Test the flour, by taking the flour between your fingers and draw a line on the counter like you would while creating a kolam/rangoli) Roast the karamani and pressure cook them. Heat water in a kadai and add the jaggery. Once the jaggery dissolves, strain and remove the impurities. Now put back the jaggery water in the heat and once it starts boiling, lower the heat, add the cooked karamani and cardamom powder. If you are adding the jack-fruit or coconut pieces, add it with the gher. Now add the rice flour and mix it well so that no lumps are formed. Once the mixture has cooled down, make small balls of the dough and flatten them. Make a small hole in the center and steam it in greased idly moulds for 6-7 minutes. Nombu sweet adai ready, enjoy with unsalted butter.

Tips—- I purchased ready made rice flour. Anil brand or Nirapara brand idiyappam rice flour.Adding Jack-fruit gives extra taste and was thought by my badamma.

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