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