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August 2, 2013


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In this post, I have shared the significance of aadi 18, list of Aadi perukku recipes/Aadi 18 recipes. Aadi pandigai recipes, Aadi thengai paal, Sakkarai pongal, Rice varieties, Payasam, Sundal recipes links are shared.

Aadi 18/ Perukku, as the name indicates, is a festival observed on the 18th day in Tamil month Aadi. It is also known as Pathinettam perukku and ‘perukku’ means ‘rising.’.The rising here indicates the overflowing of rivers like Kaveri due to the monsoon rains. It is celebrated near river basins, water tanks, lakes and wells of Tamil Nadu.This festival is essentially celebrated by farmers and other people who depend on the rivers and monsoon rains for their livelihood.Special prayers and pujas are done in temples and people pray Mother Kavery and Rain God Varuna Bhagavan for a good harvest, constant supply of water and hassle free monsoon.
On this day, all family members make a trip to the riverbank and prepare a special lamp using rice flour and jaggery (maavilakku), which is placed on mango leaves and lit. Flowers, turmeric and a yellow thread are also placed on the mango leaves. Women float the lamps along with the mango leaves and other accompaniments in the river. People prepare several varieties of rice( Chitranna)on this day and family members are joined by relatives and friends. Family members go on a picnic to riverbanks along with the food prepared. The riverbank or seashore picnic is a major event in some districts in Tamil Nadu on this day.
In some regions in Tamil Nadu, newly married couple is invited to home and son-in-law is given gifts on the day. Usually during Aadi month, the newly wed brides spend the month at her parent’s home and on Aadi Perukku, a gold coin is added to the thali or mangalsutra in some southern districts of the state.
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We usually celebrate Aadi perukku at home by offering 5 rice dishes along with pepper vada.In the early morning ( before 6AM) we light the lamp ,make 2 manjal pillayar and offer a bowl of raw rice mixed with jaggery.  We (only ladies)tie a yellow rope by ourselves.In the afternoon, we offer 5 rice dishes along with vada ,do the poojas and we eat it heartily ;)
Every year we prepare Lemon rice ,tamarind rice , Coconut rice ,sweet pongal & curd rice. Sometimes we make payasam  with jaggery instead of sweet pongal and make Ellu sadam or milagu jeeraga sadham to make a count of 5. My mom used to say we have to make 18 rice dishes for aadi 18 ;) . I don’t know how far it is true & is it possible to make 18 rice varieties? Smile with tongue out..
In this post i have shared the links of all variety rice recipes , sweet pongal & payasam recipes &  vadai ( two versions). Wish u all a very happy Aadi Perukku/Aadi 18 :)


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  1. wow, looks tempting, this is my tomorrow's post as well :D

  2. very inviting dishes,wishes for aadi perukku

  3. awesome platter...very tempting..

  4. very nice write up chitra and wonderful platter...

  5. Lovely post...fabulous platter chitra...

  6. wow tempting platter :) lovely post dear :)

  7. Super tempting chitra. We to make same, well explained

  8. Beautiful platter Chitra; it evokes monsoon in TN so well!

  9. Deliicous Aadi perukku recipes. Looks yumm.

  10. Very nice celebration meal dear. Love the way you wrote the post and clicks too. Wow 5 variety rices looks very nice along with sweet and vadai. 18 rice varieties .... surely tells the heritage of Indian tradition!

  11. looks nice, Tempting combo meal chitra


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