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July 17, 2014

AADI THENGAI PANDIGAI RECIPE/FIRE ROASTED COCONUT-AADI FESTIVAL RECIPES–TRADITION OF SALEM

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Today I celebrated Aadi pirappu/Aadi pandigai( Aadi festival) in my house by roasting coconut in direct fire by stuffing the coconut with sesame & jaggery pooranam.In Tamil we call this as “Thengai suduthal/thengai sudum pandigai”.This kind of celebration may be new to some of you.Its a customary practice among the people in and around Salem District,Tamil nadu.My mom follows this every year.Usually my mom makes pooja in evening around 6 pm  by offering this roasted coconut for Vinayagar & Amman.This year 2016, AAdi 1 falls on 16th of July. In Tamil nadu,special sticks and readymade pooranam/stuffings are available in all the stores.Being in Bangalore,I couldn’t find these things here. So I used a long kulfi stick for holding the coconut,asked my mom for the stuffing part and celebrated Aadi 1 festival for the first time in my house.By God’s grace,everything went very well and I was totally satisfied Happy.As this practice is almost forgotten among our generation,I wanted to have a record of this festival and the recipe in my blog for my future reference and of course for the Salem people who look for this festival.Wish u all a very happy Aadi Pandigai !
Lets see the procedure for stuffing and roasting coconut in detail Happy.

aadi thengai sudum pandigai

Aadi thengai pandigai recipe


Fire roasted coconut recipe Aadi thengai suduthal recipe for aadi pirappu/aadi pandigai !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Festival recipes
Serves: Serves 1-2
Prep time: 60 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 75 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Coconut - 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – 2 tsp (to coat the coconut)
  • Coconut water – as needed
For stuffing/Pooranam
  • Raw rice – 2 tbsp
  • Grated jaggery – 5-6 tbsp 
  • Fried gram dal/Pottukadalai – 1 tbsp
  • Moong dal – 2 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp (black or white)
  • Thick Poha/Aval – 1 tbsp
METHOD

  • Mix all the ingredients given under “ for stuffing” in a bowl and set aside.
  • Clean the coconut by removing the fibre part(thengai naar) and rub the coconut well on the hard,rough surface to remove its fibre completely & make it smooth.
aadi festival step1
  • Now u can see three eyes on the bottom part of the coconut.Pierce one eye with a sharp pointed tool ( i used screw driver) and make a big hole.Invert the coconut over the tumbler and collect all the water.Keep the water aside.
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  • Inside the hole,stuff the pooranam mixture using ur fingers.It would be slightly difficult and it takes more time too. Use the pointed tool whenever necessary to push the stuffing inside the coconut through the hole.
  • Add the coconut water little by little say few tbsp in the middle of stuffing. Keep stuffing the mixture and pouring the coconut water & fill the coconut.At one stage the coconut water will come out.At this point,stop filling it.
aadi festival step3
  • Now wash the coconut once and apply the turmeric powder all over it.Insert the strong stick or skewer.Seal the top with some turmeric powder paste.Decorate the coconut by keeping kumkum wherever needed.I kept 3 dots around the coconut and 4 dots on the top.
aadi festival step4
  • Keep the coconut over the gas burner.Switch on the flame and roast the coconut on all the sides.I used a big screw driver to turn the coconut as my stick was very tender.
  • Roasting takes nearly 10-15 minutes.Adjust the flame whenever necessary.While roasting,the water stuffed in the coconut may spill and drop over the burner.Don’t panic.U may get some strange sound too.Keep turning the coconut whenever needed.Coconut will turn black and it will get a big crack at one stage.
  • Stop roasting the coconut at this stage and remove.Keep aside to cool.
aadi festival step5
Offer this roasted coconut to GOD.Pray for all ur wishes to come true !
Then break the coconut and enjoy eating the coconut pieces along with the stuffing.It tastes great !!

Note
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery based on ur taste. 
  • Stuffing the coconut takes more time and it really tests ur patience too.Add the coconut water in the middle of stuffing and keep filling.Use a pointed device to push the pooranam inside the coconut else it would be really difficult.
  • Its better to add lesser quantity of poha and fried gram dal in the stuffing as they struggle to go inside the hole whereas rice,moong dal,sesame and jagggery goes in smoothly.
  • Some people soak the rice for an hour before stuffing in the coconut.Its purely optional.

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Enjoy this roasted coconut pieces with the stuffing.It tastes yumm…Smile
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23 comments :

  1. This is something new for me, thanks for sharing this tradition...Wish you good luck on this festival

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  2. Will definetly try before the end of Aadi........blog is very nice.

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  3. super chitra...ths z d frst tym i m hearing abt ths prasadam...usually v make adi paal n vada n offer to god!!! lovely recipe... wil try 2 make it fr sure ... !

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  4. Definitely very new to me and good to see the new tradition... Happy Aadi aks...:)

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    1. Thanks Anitha. Do try it. Thanks da viji.Wish u the same :)

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  5. totally new to me... Happy Aadi Chitra

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  6. Being a salemite, really missed this festival. Thanks for posting and really touched too !

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    1. I too miss it very badly after marriage. So i wanted to try this year to satisy my craves :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing such an authentic recipe Chitra

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  8. This is the first time I am hearing about this, very traditional one Chitra, thanks for sharing it, I would love to try this, my only doubt, the coconut will crack, it'll not burst rt..

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    1. No Hema, it will not burst...only the shell cracks!

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    2. Thanks for the reply Sangee :) U must be knowing it very well :) Yes Hema,it won't burst.Just adjust the flame whenever necessary to prevent over roasting !

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  9. Super recipe chitra........ Looks interesting and inviting!!

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  10. I'm hearing this for the first time. Thanks for sharing. Nicely explained with beautiful pics.

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  11. Beautiful, I could smell it here :)

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  12. wonderful recipe chitra , I had hear about this festival from a friend and now I see this thengai sutadhu :) very well explained , thanks for sharing !!

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  13. lovely post Chitra...I am missing it badly...you have done it so well and the coconut looks delicious!

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  14. Though i have heard about this , never tasted though. Love to taste this ,must be yum for sure. Nicely explained

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  15. lovely tradition.. i had never heard of it. can't imagine the taste of this coconut.. im sure they must be yummy...

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  16. wow..this is sure a keeper dear,have never seen or heard before..nicely explained :)

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