Karadayan Nonbu or Savitri Vratham is a traditional tamilnadu festival of fasting wherein married women will pray for the wellness and long life of their husbands. This nombu should be done exactly in the time when tamil month 'Masi' ends and the next month 'Panguni' starts. The reason why this fasting is carried out is that “ Savithri fought with yema (the God of Death) to save her husbands (Satyavan) life", the same way the married women should fast on this auspicious day for long life of their husbands. Unmarried woman also observe Karadayan Nombu and pray to Goddess Shakti to get good men as their husband.
Source : http://chandra.subramanianfamily.com/2009/03/karadiyan-nombu.html..
Before marriage , i have not celebrated this festival as my mom don’t have the practice. I heard about this celebration from my MIL.Initially i used to watch my MIL making adai etc ..Now i can confidently make it on my own.It comes out very well. I love tying the yellow rope ..More than me, my daughter is more curious about tying the yellow rope in her hand ;).. Also we chant a few lines in front of the lamp while tying the rope..ie. “ "Urugadha Vennaiyum oru adayum vaithu nonbu notren oru naalum en kanavar piriyamal iruka vendum". .. And I am posting this recipe after finishing the celebration in my home :)
For making adai , we make processed rice flour at home.U can also use good quality store bought idiyappam flour. I have tried using both ways and they came out equally well in softness & texture..
Karamani /black eyed peas is the main ingredient for this adai. But my MIL adds other grains like ragi , mochaakottai ,chana , green gram , black gram , unpolished rice (nel) , wheat germs , toor dal to make it a mix of nine grains in very little quantity ..
The color of sweet adai depends on the color of jaggery u use .
HOW TO MAKE PROCESSED RICE FLOUR
Usually i make the flour ready in the previous day and make adai the next day ..
For 1 cup of raw rice , we get approx 1.75 cups of flour..
FOR SWEET ADAI
FOR SAVOURY ADAI