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Adjust Servings:
1 cup heaped Rice flour
1 cup levelled Jaggery powder
1 1/4 cup Water
1 tsp Cardamom powder
1 tbsp Cowpeas
2 tbsp Fresh grated coconut
2 tsp Ghee

Easy Vella Adai-A karadaiyan Nombu Special


    Vella adai is prepared as an offering for the lord on karadaiyan nombu or savitri nombu

    • 25 mins
    • Serves 6
    • Medium




    The preparation of vella adai and kara adai is very important for karadaiyan Nombu. In Tamilnadu, married women observe this festival called karadaiyan nombu. Karadaiyan nombu falls on March 14 th 2019. It is on this day that women here observe fast, offers prayers for the well being of their spouse. How does vella adai feature in this festival?

    Well, mythology explains this to us. It was on this day that Savitri prepared this vella adai. She offered it to Lord Yama along with butter. It was her way of thanking the Lord for giving life back to her husband.  It is said that she offered the following prayer to the Lord

    “urugadha vennaiyum urukkiya oradaiyum naan tharuven piriyamal en kanavanudan vazha vendum”

    This means I shall offer unmelted butter and Vella adai to you and you the Lord make sure that Myself and my husband are never separated even momentarily
    If you have been in Tamilnadu during this festival, you would be familiar with the riyual. For people who have not seen it, I shall try to explain in brief. Married women wear the mangalyam in the sacred yellow thread. On this day we change the old thread to the new one. We then pray for the well being of our spouse. Women fast on this day and after the prayers are offered the womenfolk break their fast by eating karadaiyan nombu vella adai with butter and kara adai
    easy vella adai

    Preparation for the Nombu

    Place the banana leaf. Clean it well. Now tie a single flower to the center of the sacred yellow thread. Keep it on the leaf. Place vella adai, kara adai, butter on the leaf. Now first tie one prepared thread to the idol of the goddess if you have one. Place kumkum on her forehead. Next, you apply kumkum on your forehead. Keep some flowers to the goddess. If you can, keep a string of flower on your hair too. Now sit down in front of the banana leaf, pray the above-said prayer by Savitri. Then tie the sacred yellow thread around your neck. Offer the prayers to the lord, do the namaskaram to the lord and the elders of the house and break the fast by partaking the vella adai and butter as prasadam. Later have the kara adai too.

    Easy vella adai

    The preparation of Vella adai is very simple. The jaggery is boiled with water and the cowpeas and coconut are added to it. Later the rice flour is added and cooked till everything comes together. The adais are prepared and steamed and offered to the lord and goddess with unmelted butter. We make karadai or upma kozhukkataai along with vella adai.

    The preparation of Karadai can be seen here in the video

    The written recipe for Kara adai is here



    Dry roast the cowpeas for 2 minutes.


    Add water and cook the cowpeas till soft. Drain the water and keep it aside


    Add water to a small pan and add the jaggery to it and boil till the jaggery dissolves completely. Strain it and keep aside. This is done to remove the impurities


    Pour the jaggery syrup in a pan and boil on low flame


    Add cardamom powder, fresh grated coconut, cowpeas and boil for 2 minutes


    Now while stirring add the rice flour and cook on low flame till everything comes togther


    Transfer it to a plate and let it cool


    Pinch small balls of the dough.


    Grease the steamer plate with ghee


    Grease your palms as well


    Take each ball and flatten it a little and make a depression in the center. Make all the adais the same way


    Place it on a steamer plate and steam for 10 minutes


    Offer it to the lord with butter as explained in the introduction

    Easy Vella Adai-A karadaiyan Nombu Special

    Vella adai along with kara adai is prepared and offered to the lord on the occasion of karadaiyan nombu which is an important festival observed by the ladies in Tamilnadu
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    Prep Time 15 mins
    Cook Time 10 mins
    Total Time 25 mins
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Indian
    Servings 4
    Calories 394 kcal


    • 1 cup Rice flour Heaped
    • 1 Cup Jaggery Levelled
    • 1 1/4 Cup Water
    • 1 Tsp Cardamom powder
    • 1 Tbsp Cowpeas
    • 2 Tbsp Fresh coconut
    • 2 Tsp Ghee


    • Dry roast the cowpeas and boil in enough water till soft. Drain and keep aside
    • Add jaggery to 1 1/4 cup of water and boil till the jaggery dissolves. Strain it for impurities and keep aside
    • Add this syrup to a pan and boil
    • Add cardamom, fresh coconut, cowpeas to the jaggery syrup and boil for 2 minutes
    • Now add the rice flour and continue to cook on low flame stirring continuously till everything comes together. Switch off the flame
    • Transfer it to a plate and let it cool completely.
    • Pinch small balls from the dough
    • Keep the steamer with water on the stove and heat
    • Grease the steamer plates or idli plates
    • Grease your palm with ghee
    • Take a ball that you have pinched from the dough. Flatten it on the palm. Make a depression at the center and place it on the greased plate. Make all the adais a similar way
    • Steam them for 10 minutes
    • Offer it as a prasadam along with butter as told in the introduction


    Sodium: 5mgCalcium: 21mgSugar: 51gFiber: 2gPotassium: 53mgCholesterol: 6mgCalories: 394kcalSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 4gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 84gIron: 1mg
    Keyword easy vella adai, karadaiyan nombu adai, mobu special
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