Nombu adai- The savoury version

You must have already gone through my previous post where I had posted the sweet version – that is the adais made with jaggery or vella adai. Today I will be posting the savoury version which is called as uppu adai(uppu is for salt in tamil) or kara adai(which means savoury adais. Click here for complete details about nombu.

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Nombu adai- The savoury version Yum
Course snack

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course snack
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
  1. Soak the beans in hot water for 2 hours. Roast the rice flour for around 5 minutes. Keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, udid dal, curry leaves and green chillies.Mix well. Next add the beans along with coriander if adding along with salt. Now add around 2 to 3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil. Then add the rice flour and stir to mix well into a thick mass. Now allow it to cool reasonably( till you are able to bear the heat). Make a small ball with the dough. Flatten it on a plastic sheet or banana leaf. Repeat this process with rest of the dough. Steam the savoury rice flour discs for around 10 minutes.
  2. Serve with butter or thalagam.
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  1. Hari Chandana

    Awesome recipe.. looks so delicious.. 🙂

  2. that looks yummy .. I love the savory version

  3. very interesting recipe……what will happen if we fry it instead of steaming?

  4. Yummy and delicious adai…

  5. never tried black eyed beans in adai! thanks for all the info on nombu.

  6. Sowmya Madhavan

    @mala- you still love fried foods!!dont you?:)) Actually this is the process of preperation of traditional nombu adais..

  7. Shama Nagarajan

    awesome recipe

  8. Valarmathi

    Looks yummy…

  9. fantastic recipe… but i wish i can find a tool to flatten the adai. ha.. ha

  10. oooh.. I love nonbu adai and thaalgam :)- Indhu (

  11. Nayna Kanabar

    This savory version looks really delicious.

  12. lovely savory adai swomya…loved the recipe

  13. Yummy adai!

  14. I ve heard but seeing today! I would prefer this one 🙂

  15. looks mouthwatering

  16. Looks yummy!


    Looks so comforting,I always love all these steamed stuffs 🙂

  18. new for me looks yummy

  19. delicious adai

  20. Savory adai looks fabulous, I make mine similarly only I add grated coconut to this too !

  21. Malar Gandhi

    Nombu adai sounds wonderful, light and comforting:)

  22. this is new to me sowmya 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe TC

  23. lovely & this is new to me

  24. Awesome recipe looks

  25. lovely dish Sowmya! looks so yummy 🙂

  26. Shama Nagarajan

    please do collect ur gift from my blog

  27. My Little Space

    Oh, this is the steam version! There always so much more to explore in foods, isn’t it? Have a nice day.Cheers, Kristy

  28. This is a new one to me. It looks and sounds delicious and wish I could have a bite!


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