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Karadayan Nonbu Savory Adai or Kozhukattai (Steamed Savory Cake)

Karadayan_Nonbu_Savory_Adai_Kozhukattai_Steamed_Savory_Cake_1 Here is Karadayan Nonbu Savory Adai or Kozhukattai (Steamed Savory Cake) prepared during Karadayan Nonbu or Savithri Viradam. This is prepared in combination with Karadayan Nonbu Sweet Adai or Kozhukattai and served with butter.

I used red variety of cowpeas and rice flour to prepare this dish. Rice flour is prepared by powdering washed, soaked and then dried rice. (Rice flour is also available in the grocery shops). This is a healthy snack as it is steamed and I prepare occasionally as evening snack.

Cowpeas are known as Thattai Payaru or Karamani in Tamil and as Lobia in Hindi.

Cooking time: 30 minutes approximately


  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Cowpeas – cup
  • Coconut pieces – 3 table spoon
  • Water – 2 cup
  • Ginger – small piece
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – 1 tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Asafetida – tea spoon
    • Oil – 2 tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 1 no
    • Curry leaves – few



  • Dry roast cowpeas, boil and drain; chop ginger, green chilli and curry leaves.

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  • Slightly fry the flour in a dry pan; do the seasoning in a pan; add chopped green chilli, ginger, curry leaves and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add 2 cups of water and salt; when water is boiling, add cowpeas and coconut.

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  • Then add slowly rice flour and continuously stir to form as dough.

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  • Cool and with wet or oiled hand, take some dough and make ¼ to ½ inch thick adai (disc) with a hole in the centre (I shaped it like vadai); repeat it for remaining dough also and steam cook for 6 to 8 minutes.

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  • Karadayan Nonbu Savory Adai or Kozhukattai is ready.




  • Do not boil cowpeas too soft in the initial stage as it is going to be boiled again and steam cooked in next stages.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Daisyblue March 11, 2010, 7:09 pm

    I love these adais with butter on top..yummy..we generally dont make them with holes though :)

  • Sushma Mallya March 11, 2010, 7:58 pm

    i have never had these, infact hearing it for the first time here….seems really delicious…

  • sripriya March 11, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Looks really yummy.. frist time here. you have a wonderful site & great recipes.. keep it up..

  • saraswathi May 30, 2010, 3:17 pm

    thank u for the very wonderful recipe. i loved it. i will try at my home.
    today’s tiffin item is this adai only.

  • Vanishree Venugopal March 3, 2011, 7:45 pm

    hi..got it rite the first time i tried it itself…thank you for the recipe…am a regular visitor of this website…very nice recipes and simply eas to rpepare too…keep up the good work…
    I have a special kid who needs a special diet with only rice items and this recipe is perfect for an evening tiffin or even breakfast…would love it if you can suggest more recipes with rice, excluding wheat, milk, rava, etc…thank you in advance.

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