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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai



1/4 cup of black eyed peas lightly roasted, cooked and divided into two.
2 cups rice powder lightly roasted and divided into two

To make Jaggery Adai:
1 cup jaggery (also called vellum or gud)
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup coconut bits
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Boil water add jaggery and cook until the jaggery has melted.  Add the coconut bits, and half of the cooked black eyed peas, and let the water come to a rolling boil.  Add the cardamom powder and half of the rice powder(or 1 cup) mix thoroughly, remove the rice powder lumps, cover and let it cool.
Depending on the size makes 10 to 12 adais.


To make Salt adai:
2 cups water
3 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoon urad dal
a pinch of asafoetida
2 green chili or to taste
A few curry leaves
1/4 cup coconut bits
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

To a pan on medium heat.  Add 3 tablespoon of oil, mustard seeds and urad dal.  When the mustard seeds pop add a pinch of asafoetida, saute, add the green chili and curry leaves.  Saute for a few seconds add water and coconut bits and let it come to a boil.  When the water comes to a rolling boil add salt, and the other half of the rice powder(or 1 cup).  Mix thoroughly, remove the rice powder lumps.  Cover and let it cool.  Depending on the size makes 10 to 12 adais.


To assemble the adai's:
When the dough is cool, take some dough roll them into a ball, then flatten them into a disc the size of your palm and make a hole in the center.  Arrange them in a microwave steamer and microwave for a total 6 minutes.  After first three minutes of microwaving turn them around and microwave for rest of the 3 minutes.  When a knife inserted comes out clean it is done.  The time it take to microwave depends on the power of your own microwave.  These adais can also be cooked in a pressure cooker without the weight on top, or in a steamer.


Karadaiyan Nombu is a religious occasion observed by Tamilians.  It occurs when the month of Massi before it ends, and before the beginning of the month of Pnaguni.  This occasion happen roughly at around the middle of March of the international calender.  It is observed by married women and young girls.  They pray to Goddess Gowri to give a long life to their husband's, young girls pray for a good husband.


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