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April 14, 2009


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tamil new year recipe
Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Tamil new year:).

To celebrate Tamil new year, we usually make rice payasam / Arisi payasam and Mango pachadi along with other lunch recipes like rice,  sambar, Poriyal  and Vada for tamil new year as offerings to god. I learnt these recipes from my MIL. Rice payasam is a very tasty , rich dessert recipe with jaggery, coconut milk and milk. Mango pachadi has all the 6 tastes ie Sweet, salt, tangy, sour, spicy and saline which denotes our life with all the stages. . Try these recipes, offer to god and have a great new year. Color of payasam and pachadi may vary based on the color of jaggery.

rice payasam

  • Raw Rice – 1/4 cup
  • Moong dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Powdered jaggery –  3/4 cup (adjust to ur taste)
  • Thick coconut milk – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 3/4 – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp or 2 cardamoms powdered.
  • Water – 3 cups (depends on the quality of rice )
  • Fried Cashew nuts – to decorate
  • Fried cloves – 2-3 nos
  • Roasted and powdered jaathikkai /Mace – a pinch
  • Roast rice and moong dal separately in a kadai with little ghee till the rice puffs and dal turns light golden brown.
rice payasam tile1
  • Now transfer the roasted items into a cooker with adequate water. Pressure cook for 1- 2 whistles till it turns mushy.
rice payasam tile2
  • Once it is done, mash the rice well and add the jaggery and let it melt. Boil till the raw smell leaves and becomes frothy. Add water if necessary so that it doesn’t get burnt. Stir constantly. Boil in low flame.( Or you can make jaggery syrup and add to it)
rice payasam tile3
  • Mix well and then add the thick coconut milk, stir it well. Let it boil once and transfer it to the serving bowl.
rice payasam tile4
  • Then add the cardamom powder, fried cashews, cloves and jathikaai powder along with 1/4 cup of milk.
  • As time proceeds, this payasam may get thicker, so add milk accordingly to make it watery and check for sweetness.
Decorate it with saffron if you wish:)

Mango pachadi recipe

  • Raw mango – 1.25 cups ( 300 gms )
  • Green chilly – 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Powdered jaggery – 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – very little
  • Water – as needed.
  • Neem flower – 1 tsp ( dry roast till nice aroma & crush it with hands)
To season
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no (pinched)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Cut the raw mango into slices and cook with finely chopped green chilly and little salt and water. Let it cook well.
mango pachadi tile1
  • Once it starts to turn mushy , add the powdered jaggery and let it melt and boil till the raw smell leaves. Boil in low flame. Meanwhile grind the coconut with little water. Add the ground coconut paste to the cooked mango mixture.
mango pachadi tile2
  • Mix it well and season with mustard, urad dal , red chilli and curry leaves.
  • Add the crushed neem flower at the end. ( This step is optional, we add for this occasion only) . mix well and serve..
mango pachadi tile3
Pachadi is ready !!

  • If the mango is too sour , you may have to add more jaggery. To avoid this , add more water to cook the mango & drain the additional water while boiling. It helps to remove the sourness.
  • U can follow this recipe and make pachadi with Raw banana stem (Vazhaithandu ) and yellow pumpkin..

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Shama Nagarajan said...

happy new year..nice recipes

Unknown said...

Happy vishu..i made pachadi too..

Raks said...

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Chitra said...

thanku shama, sowmya and raji:)happy new year to u all:)

Suparna said...

Hi Chitra,
Happy Tamil New Year! to u and ur Family :)
wow! u made so many dishes :) tha's a wonderful feast!
Enjoy! Thanks for the kheer recipe.

FH said...

Happy new year to you and family. Dessert and Pachadi looks yum, looks like you had a wonderful feast! :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Happy New Year Chitra :) The payasam and pachadi look fabulous!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Iniya Tamil puthandu nal vazhthukal Chitra... Awesome dishes for the start of the yr... So tempting and delectable...

Ashwini said...

Happy Vishu to you and your family..Both the dishes looks yummm...

Trupti said...

Happy New Year Chitra. Payasam & Pachadi looks very delicious. I love mango pachdi. If u want u can send Paysam to CFK:Rice event

Deepa Hari said...

Both the dishes looks yum...Happy New Year!

Priya Suresh said...

Happy New year CHitra:)..kheer and pachadi looks delicious..

Vani said...

happy new year, chitra. the mango chutney looks fabulous!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

The dishes looks yum...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey yummy dishes.. happy new year to you and your family!!

Vibaas said...

happy new year, dear! yummy payasam and pachidi :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Palpayasammm...!! most fav thing..n the pachadi looks equally great..hope u had a great day Chithra..:)

Uma said...

payasam and pachadi look so yummy Chitra! A very happy New year to you and your family too! :)

Chitra said...

Thanku all:)

gtyuk said...

delicious treat!!
Iniya thamizh Puthaandu Vazhthukkal to you and to all at home!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Payasam and pachadi look so yummy dear. Happy New Year.

A_and_N said...

puththandu vazhththukkal :)

simple and classical way to celebrate with paal paayasam. Nice mangai pachudi!

Deepthi Shankar said...

Happy New Year, lovely dishes there

Cynthia said...

Oh what a sweet delicious New Year this is going to be! :)

Tangled Noodle said...

The mango pachadi looks great but I always love sweet rice desserts!

Sanghi said...

Happpy new yr and delicious recipies dear..!
Do check the FIL part 2 roundup..

Ammu said...

Right receipe for this season. will try ur version.

Nive said...

Thx for ur comments Chitra.... i dont remember if i replied earlier as i have been away from Blogger for a long time.... so i thought i wud let u know now :).
I enjoied quite a number of ur recipes and intend to try them out soon. Will let u know how they trun out :)

AnuSriram said...

Happy new year! Hope u had a wonderful start of the year...