Aadi pirappu or Aadi pandigai festival is observed on the first day of Tamil month Aadi
( Aadi 1st) as per tamil panjangam.This year 2016,it falls on July 16th.Aadi is the beginning of festival months for Tamilians.So Aadi pandigai is one of the famous festivals celebrated in Tamil nadu.In this month we celebrate Aadi velli,Aadi chevvai,Aadi karthigai,Aadi amavasai,Aadi pooram and the most important Aadi perukku/Aadi 18 festival.In Salem,we used to welcome Aadi by roasting coconut filled with jaggery and sesame mix in direct fire.We call it as “Thengai sudum pandigai”.My mom follows this practice till today whereas my MIL makes either sweet pongal or payasam along with medhu vadai.I love to help my mom in all the pre preparatory works till roasting.The taste of roasted coconut along with the sesame seeds mix would be awesome. I have posted that recipe HERE .There are many reasons to celebrate the beginning of Aadi both scientifically & traditionally.But to me,Aadi means discounts.Every year we used to wait for aadi & buy clothes and other things at discounted rates. In addition to all these, aadi is a very special month for newly-weds .In this month, newly married couple is invited to the girl's house and the couple is gifted with new clothes and other presents with grand festival lunch. I heard Brahmins make this rich thengai paal in this festival lunch menu for their son-in-laws.When I read this, I found it interesting and wanted to give a try. As Sendhil loves coconut milk based dishes, he enjoyed it a lot.Its a very simple but very rich payasam kind of dessert.It tastes like sweetened coconut milk we make for appam.Do try this for a change,offer to God and welcome Aadi - the festival month .
Aadi thengai pandigai - Recipe here
Welcome Aadi with this yummy thengai paal recipe
Do check out my other Aadi recipes