Nolumbu Addai

This dish is contributed by Dr Kripa Narayan. 
Nolumbu Addai is an important part of the Karadai Nombu festival for the people in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. On this day a woman prays for the well-being and long life of her husband in remembrance of the Satyavan-Savithri katha. Both sweet and salt adai are made on the ocassion and the recipes for these are below.

1 cup Rice flour
1 cup Jaggery
2 tsp finely chopped fresh coconut 
Cardamom powder- made from 2-3 cardamoms
1 tsp Red Moong Dal whole Channa dal 


  1. Soak red moong dal whole,channa dal   each 1tsp over night. 
  2. Dry roast the rice flour in pan till light brown and keep aside. 
  3. Dissolve jaggery in some water, then strain it to remove the stones and dirt. 
  4. Mix water and jaggery to make 2.5 cup of mixture. 
  5. Boil this water-jaggery mixture to elaichi/cardamom powder,soaked dals and scraped coconut pieces. 
  6. Finally reduce heat and add the rice flour,stirring continuously till it becomes solid.let it cool. 
  7. Oil the idly plates 
  8. Knead the dough.take lime sized ball,press it in the idly depression evenly,put a hole in the center, steam it for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  9. Remove it  and leave to cool.

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