Sunday, March 13, 2011


On the day of Karadaiyan Nonbu, women prepare a sweet Adai & Kara Adai known as Karadiyan Adai. Karadiyan Nonbu Adai is specially prepared for the Karadayan pooja with rice flour, jaggery and a red coloured dry beans known as Kaaramani. i gave the recipe as follows.

After making the spl Adai preparation it is time to start the Karadaiyan puja. All female members in the family will get ready to start the puja. All ladies assemble the pooja place, Kolams (rangoli) will be drawn by all and a banana leaf will be placed on each kolam.

In the banana leaf, arrange sweet adai , kara adai, banana , betal leaf with nuts, flowers & important thing is nonbu saradu ( yellow thread).( cotton thread dipped in turmeric paste and tied in the middle with some flower.)

The puja starts and the naivedyam is offered to Goddess Parvathi (Kamakshi) or Goddess Shakti.All women chant this mantra:

"Urugada Vennaiyum Oradaiyum Naan Tharuven
Orukaalum En Kanavar Ennai Piriyadirukkanum"
(உருகாத வெண்ணையும் ஓரடையும் நான் தருவேன்
ஒருகாலும் என் கணவர் என்னை பிரியாதிருக்கணும்.)

After puja the Nonbu Charadu is tied around the neck. While wearing the Nonbu Charadu, chant this slokam,

"Throram Krishhnami Subhake Saharithamdharami Aham

Bharthuayushya Sidhartham Supreethabhava Sarvadha"

In Tamil chant,

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

உருகாத வெண்ணையும் ஓரடையும் நான் நூற்றேன்
ஒருகாலும் என் கணவர் என்னை விட்டு பிரியாதிருக்கவேண்டும்..

Here the recipe Of Kara Adai & Vella adai ( Sweet Adai.)

Kara Adai:


Rice- 2 cups
Oil-2 tbsp
Mustard seed- 1 tsp
Urad dhal-1 tsp
Curry leaves- 2sprigs
Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Ginger-1 tsp(grated)
Salt- to taste
G.chillies- 2 (chopped)
Water- 6 cups(ratio= rice : water = 1:3)
Karamani(cow pea)- 2 tbsp(cooked)


Preheat the pan, add rice fry until light golded brown.
Leave it cool & grind coarsely.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seed,urad dhal,curry leaves, ginger,g chilles & sute few mins.

Add water & allow to boil.

Add grated coconut,karamani & coarsely grind rice.

Mix gently & allow it cool.

Make a small ball, flatten it & stream in a pressure cooker.
Vella Adai ( Sweet Adai):


Rice- 2 cups
Jaggery- 4 cups
water- 6 cups
Cardamom- 3 ea
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Cooked cow peas(red karamani)- 2 tbsp


Preheat the pan, add rice fry until light golded brown.

Leave it cool & grind coarsely.

Heat water in a pan, add jaggery allow it dissolve & starin the jaggery water.

Again allow it to boil, add crushed cardamom,grated coconut, coarse rice rawa, karamani & mix it well.

Allow to cook & leave to few mins.

Make a ball & flatten it & stream it in a pressure cooker.

Serve with Butter.

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