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Uppadai | Savoury Adai for Karadayan Nonbu

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Adjust Servings:
1 cup Raw Rice 1 cup = 250 ml
1 Tablespoon Karamani (Black-eyed pea)
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1 Tablespoon Finely sliced Coconut
a pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
1.5 cups Water
1 Tablespoon Oil
To Taste Salt
2 Green Chilli
Few Curry Leaves

A Savoury version of Rice flour adai

  • Naivedyam (Offering to God)
  • No Onion No Garlic Recipes
  • Traditional Recipes




Uppu Adai (Uppadai) is another neivedhyam done on Karadayan nonbu. Uppadai and vellaadai are the neivedhyam dishes and women has to fast on karadayan nonbu and as per tradition after wearing the holy thread(nonbu kayiru) they have to eat only the adai they did for neivedhyam.

Vella Adai is the sweet version of rice flour+jaggery adai and Uppu Adai (Uppadai) is the savoury version of rice flour adai. The preparation of rice flour along with cooking of karamani remains same for both vella adai and Uppu Adai (Uppadai). Rest of the preparation is so easy. This is so similar to our conventional upma, where we do the tempering, bring water to boil along with salt and add rava or broken wheat and allow it to cook in boiling water. Similarly, here, after we prepare the rice flour and cook the karamani, we need to do the tempering in a kadai and add water and bring it to boil. To the boiling water, we need to add the roasted rice flour and keep stirring till it thickens and then make vada like patties and steam cook.

Click on the other links below related to Karadayan Nonbu

  1. Karadayan Nonbu – How do we celebrate Nonbu and its significance
  2. Vella Adai – How to make Vella Adai

Video Version of Uppu Adai (Karadayan Nonbu Uppadai)

Uppadai | Karadayan Nonbu Uppu Adai | Savoury Adai

Notes :

  1. You can use grated coconut instead of sliced coconut pieces.
  2. You can also use the store bought readymade idiappam flour if you don’t have time to make home made rice flour. When you use store bought flour, dry roast the flour till it is warm and then continue with the rest of the process.
  3. We can also add grated ginger.
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Soak and Wash the Rice

Soak the raw rice in water for 30 mins and then drain it and spread it in a towel for about 10 mins


Grind the Rice

Take the rice in a mixer and grind it to a fine powder. Sieve it to extract the lumps and you can again grind the lumps once more to get fine powder.


Rice Flour is Ready

In a pan, dry fry the wet rice powder for a while till the flour changes its color to golden brown(The flour should not stick the vessel), you can also test it by taking a pinch of flour and try to put a circle and if you are able to draw using the flour then you can switch off the flame. Initially with the ground flour is so smooth that you could not be able to draw a circle but after we dry roast the flour, we should be able to draw. Now our rice flour is ready.


Cook the Karamani

In a pan, dry fry the karamani till the raw smell goes off and pour some water to cook the karamani.


Start with Tempering

When the karamani is cooked take it in a plate and keep aside. Heat the oil in a pan, and add mustard seeds


Continue with Tempering

When the mustard seeds starts to sputter add hing, chopped chilli, curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and add required salt.


Mix Rice Flour and start cooking

When the water starts to boil add finely chopped/sliced coconut, karamani and then add the rice flour and stir it properly to avoid lumps. Stir it well till the flour is half-cooked and tightens. Switch off the flame.


Steam Cook in Idli plate

Now make small balls out from the flour and place it in a ghee greased plastic cover and press it in center to make it like a vadai and put a small hole and place the patties in the idly plates and cook it for 5mins in pressure cooker


Serving Time

The delicious Uppadai is ready for Neivedhyam and for serving.

Sowmya Venkatachalam

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Every year for the past 3 years this recipe was a disaster. This year i followed your steps nd it came out sooo well. Thk u so much. Specially the water to flour measurement was perfect. My hubby nd son jus lvd. Thks a lot..

Hello madam I tried both salted adai n sweet adai exactly the way u had shown it came out truely awesome thanks

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