Karadiya Nombu is an occasion when wives pray for the welfare of their husbands and young girls pray for a good partner. Set in the times when women were still considered as home keepers this was a way of endorsing confidence for all those girls who used to enter a marriage with doubted anticipation.
This was thus a way of adopting the law of affirmation in its own way.
Usually one makes the Nombu Adai during this time and let us see how this made.
2 cups rice
4 cups water
Red chillies 3
Hing or asafoetida
Oil and mustard seeds for seasoning
1. Soak the rice for an hour and spread it out later on a thin towel or cloth.
2. Powder the damp rice after keeping it spread for15 min.
3. Roast the red beans and soak for 15 minutes.
4. Take a pan and add oil .
Now add the mustard seeds and after they splutter add the hing and the curry leaves and red chillies.
5. Now add water and put salt in it.
6. When the water comes to a boil add the rice flour . Stir it continuously to avoid having lumps. Add the coconut pieces too and finally you will have a good dough ready.
7. Now take a small ball in your palm and make a hole at the centre.
8. Make all the dough in this manner and steam them by keeping in a steamer or an idly plate.
9. Steam for fifteen minutes. Your Nombu adai is ready.
For Sweet Nombu Adai
Do not add the curry leaves hing red chillies mustard seeds instead add 2 glasses jaggery for 2 glasses rice. Add this to 4 glasses water and then pour in the rice flour and coconut pieces and stir to make a dough. Proceed as for the salt Nombu adai and your sweet nombu adai is ready too!!