Nonbu Kozhakattai

This is a special dish made in tamil brahmin households on the day of Kardiyaan nonbu (that falls today this year). It is a festival among married women to pray for the long life of their husbands and among unmarried girls to get a good husband.


2 cups rice
1 cup grated jaggery
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Some coconut pieces
2 tsp ghee
Half cooked lentil beans- a few

Fry the rice well without any oil/ghee and cool. Grind it into fine powder. You could also use readymade rice flour, but remember to roast the flour before using.

Add some water to the jaggery and heat it till the jaggery dissolves. Now add the cardamom powder, coconut pieces, lentil beans and the rice flour and mix well without any lumps.

Make small balls of it and flatten it. Steam in the idli cooker after greasing the plates with a little ghee. Serve hot with unsalted butter.

how to make sweet kozhakatai, nombu adai recipe

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Jayashree said...

I made it this morning....we call it adai....not kozhakattai. Though it is supposed to be a food for fasting....I love snacking on it.

Unknown said...

your adai looks delicious..i had some in the morn today...waiting for kara adais for dinner

kamala said...

Kozhakattai looks delicious.

Kalai said...

Looks awesome! :)

Laavanya said...

that looks yummy :) and the aloo tikki chaat is very tempting.

AnuSriram said...

Me too did that today... your's looks delicious! Usually i make both sweet and salt adais.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Ya EC .. today i made it sweet adai..

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Ya EC .. today i made it sweet adai..

Unknown said...

I love kozhukattai s ..This looks reallly good..

Raks said...

I love those kozhukattais and I like the salt version my mother makes too!

Dhivya said...

my all time favorite...tempting

EC said...

@ Jayashree, Vanamala..thanks, i am aware that some people call it adai, Even i love to snack on it, but somehow make it only once a year

@ Soumya, AnuSriram, Raks Kitchen..Thanks, oh, i got some kara adais from my neighbour.We dont make the kara version

@ Kamala, Kalai, Laavanya, Divya, Dhivya...thanks,

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