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Thiruvathirai Adai

Thiruvathirai Adai is offered as Niveidhyam to God on Thiruvathirai. Thiruvathirai Adai is a mild sweet roti made by flattening rice flour dough blend with jaggery syrup and cooked like roti. Thiruvathirai Adai Recipe is presented in this post with step by step pictures.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings6 adais
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 3/4 cup jaggery
  • 2 tbsp coconut
  • 1 tsp water
  • oil or ghee to toast


  • Soak raw rice in water for atleast 2 hours. Drain water completely and rinse again.
  • Then spread the raw rice in a soft towel and allow it to dry say for 30-45mins. It will be slightly moist only and few rice will stick to your hands when touch and see, this is the perfect stage. Then transfer this to a mixer.
  • Grind to a fine powder. Transfer to sieve. Sieve it well.
  • Heat the jaggery syrup for 2mins, then add rice flour and keep stirring continuously without forming lumps. Add cardamom powder and coconut- stir well.
  • At one stage it will form a mass without sticking to the pan, this is the right stage to switch off. Once it is hand bearable hot knead it to smooth dough...add a tsp of oil/ghee if it sticks.
  • Form 7 equal sized balls(size is your preference) and flatten them on a zip lock cover / plaintain leaf with your finger tips to 1/4 inch thickness. Repeat the same till the dough is finished.
  • Heat dosa tawa and toast the adai till golden brown, Drizzle oil / ghee...flip over carefully to other side to cook evenly on both sides. Take care not to break the adais.


  • For neiveidhyam they make 7 adais as the count is auspicious on that day.
  • Take care not to over roast rice and dal.
  • If using readymade idiyappam flour, dry roast for few mins till smoke appears then use it. Don't over roast which will end up breaking the adais.
  • You can even add grated coconut while serving.
  • The consistency is very important for the adai else while toasting the adai will tend to break. Don't be tempted to add more jaggery than the mentioned amount.
  • You can make lemon sized balls and make the adai even bigger in size.
  • Even while toasting take care not to turn over often just once is enough for it to get cooked.
  • The adais should not break, so be very careful while making the dough.
Nutrition Facts
Thiruvathirai Adai
Amount Per Serving (50 g)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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