Nombu adai – the sweet version(how to perform karadayan nombu)

Nombu adai is a special sweet dish made with rice flour for karadayan nombu or Savitri nombu when married women pray for the well being and long life of her husband . You can read more about this here.

I have always wanted to post this one every year. But the process of making this adai is a bit time consuming , though simple and the ritual has to be done on time, I never managed to click pictures. But this time I wanted to post a detailed procedure of the pooja as well as the recipe as I am sure this might be useful to the Tamil readers.

How to perform the nombu-

1. You have to know the exact time about when the pooja should be performed.

2. Some prefer to observe fast or just have fruits , no rice until the pooja is done.

3. Prepare the adais before the pooja.

4. Now decorate your pooja area with kolams/ rangoli and flowers.

5. Also keep a thali ready with the sacred yellow thread with a small piece of turmeric tied in between,betel leaves, betel nut, fruits and flowers.

6. Offer the neivedyam to the goddess by sprinkling water around the prasadams and perform an arthi and pray for the well being of your better half.

7. Tie the yellow thread around the goddess. Then tie one around your neck.

8. You can break the fast by having the adais.

Print Recipe
Nombu adai - the sweet version(how to perform karadayan nombu) Yum
Course dessert
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course dessert
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
  1. Soak the black eyed beans for around 2 hours.
  2. Roast the rice flour in a pan for about 5 minutes. The colour should not change, but it becomes slightly coarse (rough). Keep it aside.
  3. Now add around 3 cups of water in a pan. Add the jaggery to it. The jaggery should dissolve. Allow this to boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the soaked beans. Then add the roasted rice flour and mix well to form a thick mass. Adjust the quantity of water so that the dough is neither dry nor very loose and watery. Add ghee if you want to smoothen the dough further.
  4. Now make a small ball with the dough on your palms. Place it on a plastic sheet or banana leaf and flatten it to a disc shape making a small hole in the centre. Repeat this with rest of the dough.
  5. Now steam cook these discs for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from flame.
  7. This tastes nice with butter. I also serve them with Thalagam.
Recipe Notes

I also made savoury version of the adai called as kara adai which I will be posting in my next post.

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  1. Adais have come out well. I love the combo of adai and vennai. I too made both sweet and karam y’day.

  2. Aparna Vijay

    Nice adai..even i prepared it sterday..

  3. Nombu adai looks perfect and nice write up on the procedure of the poojai ! I made both the sweet and karam version yesterday too, looking forward to seeing your version of kara adai 🙂

  4. Valarmathi

    Looks delicious.

  5. Preeti Kashyap

    they have come out perfect. I cldnt make them as we are shifting in 2 days!

  6. Looks great..

  7. Looks good. Love the pic with the lamps.

  8. Nombu adai have heard but never seen it! Thx for sharing!

  9. Nayna Kanabar

    I have never made this before but looks very interesting nad simple recipe.

  10. Looks fantastic and am sure would have tasted great too:)

  11. Ruchikacooks

    Karaidan nonbu adais with butter..yum..

  12. Nithu Bala

    Too delicious..beautiful click..

  13. your adai has come out very well with that perfect,glazed look on top.

  14. My Little Space

    Interesting ingredients in there! I bet it taste wonderful with such aroma.

  15. Foods that are made for festivals are always special. The adais look perfect

  16. Delicious, never had these before, sounds yumm!

  17. Seeing this adai in many friends space.. now it forcing me to try soon..looks yummy.

  18. I sis nombu and posted too. For once I did not get too much salt in mine. Thanks for the write up on nombu.

  19. Thanks for all the Info Sowmya!!! Have heard of of, but never have come across the recipe .

  20. nonbhu Adai looks perfect. Even we made it fo nombhu.

  21. Noombu adai looks yummy and perfect. Just love them with butter..

  22. they look so good. i love these 🙂

  23. FoodLovers

    adai looks lovely

  24. lovely post,..thnks


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