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Here is my 100th post πŸ™‚ I don’t know how did I reach till here. Few days back I noted I was in 97th and I started thinking what should I post for my 100th post. I was first thinking of a Tamil food. As I am from the chettinad community, many of my friends in Facebook have been asking me to post more of chettinad food. Chettinad is a community of people in the southern Tamil Nadu of India. Food in chettinad is very famous ( Now you know how I became a foodie πŸ˜› )

And a good news, Malar’s Kitchen is now in Facebook,Β https://www.facebook.com/pages/Malars-Kitchen/1516965231871483Β . Please do visit the page and give your likes πŸ™‚

Aadi kummayam is a very healthy dessert of chettinad food. In the marriage evening snack, this is one dish which is available for sure. When a girl enters her puberty, every day morning this dish is given along with 1/8 cup of sesame oil and a raw egg for her breakfast . It contains Urad dal which helps in strengthening the bones. Β And it is a lip smacking dish πŸ˜› Ladies during the mensuration can prepare and have this. Ideally this is prepared with palm sugar / karupatti , not gur. Since I had very little karupatti, I added palm candy(gur). In marriage or function, ghee is used, for home purpose we restrict to sesame oil. Sesame oil cools down the body, so I prefer this.

Recipe Source : My Grandma πŸ™‚


Ingredients for Aadi Kummayam powder /maavu:

Urad dal : 1 cup

Moong dal : 1/4 cup

Raw Rice : 1/4 cup



Method to prepare the powder / maavu:

Dry roast urad dal, moong dal, raw rice all separately till they change to slight brown color. Allow it to cool. Then grind all of them together to a very fine powder. ( As I just have a blender, I couldn’t get a fine powder though)

This powder can be stored and used later.

After roasting


Grind to powder:



Ingredients for Aadi Kummayam:

Aadi Kummayam Powder : 1/4 cup

Palm Sugar and palm candy / karupatti and vellam(both combined)/ Gur : 1/4 cup

Water : 3/4 cup

Sesame oil or Ghee(clarified butter) : 1/4 cup

Method to prepare Aadi Kummayam:

In a pan, combine aadi kummayam powder, water and mix well to a fine watery paste. Heat palm sugar and plam candy(vellam and karuppati) with 1 teaspoon water. Heat only till it gets dissolved. Once it is dissolved, add this mix to the prepared watery mix.

Now heat this in a pan, make sure no lumps are formed. We need to keep stirring otherwise lumps would form. Once it starts getting thicker, add sesame oil slowly every 3 to 4 mins.

At the stage where it comes to the halwa consistency stop and cool down.

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It can be served while hot or even when cool. It need not be stored in refrigerator. Will be good for 2 days. Hope you enjoyed friends πŸ™‚

Getting this to Fiesta Friday 27, an authentic dish from my community πŸ™‚