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August 3, 2018

Aadi Kummayam Recipe – Chettinad Aadi Koozh Recipe

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Aadi kummayam also known as Aadi koozh / aadi kool is a Chettinad special healthy sweet dish that is served in Chettinad marriage functions and other important occasions. Aadi kummayam is prepared with homemade kummayam powder that is prepared using urad dal, moong dal and raw rice. Palm sugar / Karupatti is used to sweeten the kummayam. But some people use jaggery as well. Usually kummayam is given to the young girls who attain their puberty to strengthen the bones. It is served by mixing with sesame oil/ Gingely oil. When I heard about this Kummayam recipe from my friends, I felt it is very similar to my Tirunelveli style ulundhu kali. This year for Aadi special, I wanted to try and share this kummayam recipe in my blog. But I was not sure of the authentic kummayam powder recipe because I found so many recipes with variations in the quantity of ingredients. It was so confusing for me. When I told this to my friend Shalini, she introduced Viji akka who is basically from Karaikudi, Chettinad. When I spoke to her over phone, she shared most of the traditional Chettinad special recipes like Kandarappam, Vellai paniyaram, seepu seedai and Aadi kummayam with proper measurements and details. How sweet ! She also referred few YouTube channels and websites to learn authentic Chettinad recipes.

Coming to this aadi kummayam recipe, Viji akka told her mom makes kummayam powder in large quantities grinding in flour mill and store it for months. But I made a small batch based on her measures. I also watched Seethai aachi’s kitchen YouTube video for more reference. Though its my first attempt, I felt its so easy to prepare. It came out so tasty too ! Above all, we had a satisfaction of having a very healthy sweet. Lets see how to make Chettinad special aadi kummayam recipe with step by step pictures.

Do check out my other Chettinad Recipes and AADI MONTH SPECIAL RECIPES !

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Aadi kummayam recipe / Chettinad aadi koozh

Aadi kummayam recipe / Chettinad aadi koozh

Chettinad special aadi kummayam recipe / aadi koozh recipe

Cuisine: Chettinad
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


Kummayam Powder Recipe
  • White round urad dal -1 cup
  • Yellow moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Raw rice / Maavu arisi - 1/4 cup
Aadi kummayam / Koozh recipe
  • Kummayam powder - 1/2 cup
  • Palm sugar / Karupatti OR Jaggery - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups ( To dilute kummayam powder)
  • Water – 1/4 cup ( to melt jaggery)
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Gingely oil – 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup (Add while serving)


  1. To make kummayam powder, dry roast urad dal, moong dal and raw rice separately.
  2. Cool and grind to a smooth powder. Sieve and store in a box.
  3. To make Aadi kummayam, take 1/2 cup of kummayam powder in a bowl.
  4. Add water and mix without lumps.
  5. Melt palm sugar adding 1/4 cup water. Strain and add to the kummayam mixture.
  6. Transfer to a kadai and keep stirring till it becomes thick. Add ghee and stir till non-sticky.
  7. Remove and serve it by mixing with gingely oil.


  • KUMMAYAM POWDER : In a kadai, dry roast urad dal till golden in color. Transfer to a plate.
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  • In the same hot kadai, dry roast moong dal till golden color with a nice aroma. Transfer it to urad dal plate. Similarly dry roast rice till puffy. Keep it in the same plate along with dals. Let everything cool down.
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  • Grind to a smooth powder. Sieve it. Discard the coarse residue. Store the kummayam powder in an air tight box.
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  • AADI KUMMAYAM PREPARATION: To make Aadi kummayam, take 1/2 cup of homemade kummayam powder in a deep bowl. Add 1.5 cups of water. Mix without lumps and set aside. Alternatively you can roast the kummayam powder in 2 tsp ghee till nice aroma wafts through. Cool down and then mix with water to dilute it.
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  • In another bowl, take 1/2 cup of broken palm jaggery or jaggery. Add 1/4 cup of water to it. Boil and melt it. Strain the syrup using a wire mesh.
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  • Add this syrup to the diluted kummayam powder. Transfer this mixture to a non stick kadai. Mix in medium flame till thick. Add  1/2 tbsp ghee at regular intervals. Mix till the mixture comes together. Total time takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach final stage. 
  • Kummayam will become non-sticky. Wet your fingers slightly and touch the kummayam to check if its non-sticky. Serve hot mixing with gingely oil / sesame oil. Enjoy it as evening snack !aadi kummayam aadi kummayam


  • For variations, you can add less moong dal and raw rice than the mentioned quantity. ie. around 2 tbsp.
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery based on your taste. Palm sugar / karupatti tastes less sweet than jaggery. So you can add more if you need. Traditionally the ratio of kummayam powder and palm sugar/jaggery is 1:1.
  • Cardamom powder is not necessary.
  • Some people roast the kummayam powder in a tsp of ghee before mixing with water. But I din’t roast it. Its an optional step.
  • Color of aadi kummayam varies as per the jaggery and palm sugar. Pictures shows the one with jaggery. But in the step by step pictures, I used palm sugar. So it looks dark in color. 
Try this super healthy, Chettinad special aadi kummayam at home and reap its health benefits !
I added some gingely oil while serving !
Chettinad aadi koozh recipe

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