Raw rice – 1 cup

Jaggery – 1 1/4 cup
Water – 2 cups
Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup
Black eyed peas or karamani – 1/4 cup cooked
Elaichi powder – 1/2 tsp
Ghee – 4-5 tbsp


Soak the Black eyed peas for 2-3 hours and then cook them in a cooker for 3 whistles.  Allow it cool and keep it aside.

In a kadai, dry roast the raw rice till it becomes golden brown. Allow it to cool and then grind it into a fine powder.

In the same kadai add two cups of water and once hot add the jaggery and mix till it melts. Now add some ghee, coconut, cooked kaaramani and elaichi powder and mix well.

Now reduce the heat and slowly add the rice powder and mix well without forming lumps. Allow the mixture to cool and make them into equal sized balls.

Apply some ghee in the hands and make the balls into small adais (with a hole in the center).

Now steam cook the adais for about 10 minutes till they are well done.

Yummy Vella Adai is now ready !! It is to be served with butter.