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aadi perukku recipes

List of Aadi 18 recipes /Aadi perukku recipes. Aadi 18 ( Pathinettam perukku) is a Tamil festival that falls on August 3rd, 2023. Recipes for aadi perukku lunch menu includes sakkarai pongal/ sweet pongal, 5 Rice varieties / Chitrannam (Ellu sadam/sesame seeds rice, lemon rice, Puli sadam/ Tamarind rice, Thengai sadam/coconut rice, and thayir sadam/ curd rice), Payasam recipes, Sundal recipes and vada. 

I have shared all the links along with some special recipes like Aadi thengai paal, fire roasted coconut / Aadi thengai sudum pandigai in Salem & some parts of Tamil nadu. I hope these recipe links would be useful for preparing neivedyam. I have also given few tips on how to cook this aadi 18 lunch menu easily & quickly with some pre-preparations. Hope beginners would find it useful. Wish you all a very happy Aadi 18 :)

 Please check THIS LINK to know how to perform aadi 18 pooja ( Pathinettam perukku in Tamil) at home in detail along with celebration pictures.


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 around our neck. In the afternoon, we offer 5 rice dishes along with vada, do the pooja and we eat it heartily ;) Some people make full meals like rice, dal, sambar, poriyal, kootu, thayir pachadi, vada and payasam instead of rice varieties. But I follow my MIL and make chitrannam on this day. I feel this is much easier than cooking full meals ;)

Please check THIS LINK to know how to celebrate aadi 18 at home in detail along with celebration pictures.

Every year we prepare Lemon rice or tamarind rice, Coconut rice, sweet pongal, sesame seeds rice, 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. I have made a video on "How to cook 5 rice varieties for Aadi 18". I hope beginners would find it helpful. Please scroll through to check the video.
Some people also make kalkandu sadam instead of sweet pongal. My mom used to say we have to make 18 rice dishes for aadi 18 ;) .  But I don’t know how far it is true ;).

In this post I have shared the links of all variety rice recipes , sweet pongal, payasam recipes and  vadai ( two versions). Wish you all a very happy Aadi Perukku/Aadi 18 :)



Please watch the above video to cook this menu easily. In this video, I have shared how to cook 5 rice varieties for aadi 18 easily within 1 hour. I have shown making lemon rice, coconut rice, sesame seeds rice, curd rice and sweet pongal. If you wish, you can make tamarind rice instead of lemon rice. Please check the video below for tamarind rice.

Usually we cook this lunch menu on (Aadi 18) festival day as we are doing the pooja only in the afternoon. We get lots of time in hand to cook this menu. We don't do any pre-preparations. Some people like working women or busy moms may like to do the pooja in the morning. For this, pre-preparations is essential. So I have shared the same below. 
  1.   On the previous day afternoon or night, Soak the chana for making sundal. Wash and soak the urad dal for making vada. Add enough water to soak the dal and refigerate it for soaking. Do not freeze it. Use the same soaked water for grinding the vada batter in mixie. You will get great results. Please check the Urad dal vada link below for more details.
  2.  Start to make pulikachal paste for puliodharai. You can make this paste even before 2 days as it stays good upto 15 days under refrigeration. Store in an air tight box after the paste cools down and keep in refigerator till use. Do not use it for your regular cooking as its meant for neivedyam. I have shared my MIL's puliodharai recipe link below. It tastes great just like kovil puliodharai. Do give a try !
  3.  After doing the pulikachal paste, prepare the lemon rice paste and store in a box. Its not necessary to make both lemon rice & tamarind rice. Any one is fine as both tastes tangy. 
  4.  Prepare ellu podi for sesame seeds rice by dry roasting sesame seeds & red chilli. Grind to a fine powder and store it.
  5. You can also make Milagu jeeraga sadam/ Pepper cumin rice instead of sesame seeds rice.  Please check the links for lemon rice & travel lunch recipes for Ellu sadam,  milagu jeeraga sadam.
  6. Then you can prepare the coconut rice mix. Don't worry, it won't spoil as we are roasting coconut along with the other ingredients. Refrigerate it in a box. Do the tempering for curd rice and refrigerate it.
  7. Roast the moong dal in ghee for sweet pongal and keep aside. Melt the jaggery for sweet pongal adding required water, strain it and keep the jaggery syrup in an air tight box. No need to refrigerate it. I use 1:2 ratio of water and jaggery.
  8. The next day morning, take bath and remove all the stored boxes. Let it come to room temperature. Start to prepare for neivedyam by cooking the rice. If you are cooking for 2 to 3 people, use 2 pressure cookers. In one cooker, add 1 cup raw rice, 2.5 cups of water. Add few drops of cooking oil in the water and cook in very low flame for 1 whistle. Use this for making lemon rice or tamarind rice, coconut rice, sesame seeds rice. 
  9.  In second cooker, take 1 cup raw rice. Keep a small box inside the cooker and add 2 tbsp roasted moong dal with 1/2 cup water. ( If you are making sundal, place the soaked chana in a plate over the rice and cover the cooker). Add 5 cups of water to the rice and pressure cook in low flame for 1 whistle. Use this rice for making sweet pongal and curd rice. Both the rice gets done in 15 minutes simultaneously. 
  10. While the rice is cooking, You can decorate the pooja room. 
  11. As soon as the steam is released, open cooker 1. Take the rice from cooker 1 using a fork like ladle gently (Do not mash it). Spread it in the plate and add 2 tsp of sesame oil ( Nalla ennai).  Let it cool down. Divide the rice in 3 plates for making rice varieties as per the quantity you need it. For my family, I make more puliodharai or lemon rice. I make very less thengai sadam and ellu sadam just 1/4 cup each. 
  12. Open cooker 2 after steam is released. Remove the moong dal box from cooker 2 and mash the rice when hot.Use this rice for making curd rice and sweet pongal. Mash when the rice is hot else it will be difficult. After mashing the rice, divide into equal portions or as per the required quantity. To the curd rice part, add 1/2 cup of  warm milk or water. Add salt and mix well. Add the curd + tempering. Mix well. Add fresh cream or butter if you like. Garnish with fruits like grapes and pomegranate or coriander leaves if desired. 
  13. Take the mashed rice for sweet pongal and add the prepared jaggery syrup, cooked moong dal. Mix well and cook for a minute. Add ghee roasted cashews, cloves, cardamom powder, jathikkai/ nutmeg powder and required ghee. Mix well. 
  14. Now take the cooled rice and make lemon rice/ tamarind rice, coconut rice and sesame rice adding the prepared paste and powder. 
  15. After making all these rice varieties, take the soaking urad dal from the fridge and grind using mixie. Add the soaked water for grinding. Do not add salt. Grind fluffy batter and remove in a bowl. Add coarsely ground pepper, cumin and few torn curry leaves. Add hing. Mix well.
  16. Heat oil to deep fry and make the vada. You can also fry some papad in the oil. 
  17. Now we have cooked all th 5 rice varieties, sweet pongal, vada and everything is ready for neivedyam. All these hardly takes 45 minutes if you have prepared all the paste on the previous day. If you are making everything on the same day, it takes around 1.5 hours. Make it as per your convenience and celebrate this festival in a grand manner at home. Get the blessings of GOD. 
Please check the links for the recipes below. Thanks for visiting this page. Wish you all a very happy Aadi 18 :)

aadi 18 lunch menu

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Raks said...

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

Chitra said...

Oh super , will c :)

Babitha said...

very inviting dishes,wishes for aadi perukku

Shanthi said...

awesome platter...very tempting..

divya said...

wow....looks awesome..

Priya Anandakumar said...

very nice write up chitra and wonderful platter...

Unknown said...

Lovely post...fabulous platter chitra...

Unknown said...

wow tempting platter :) lovely post dear :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Super tempting chitra. We to make same, well explained

Shri said...

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

Swathi said...

Deliicous Aadi perukku recipes. Looks yumm.

Vikis Kitchen said...

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!

Jaleela Kamal said...

looks nice, Tempting combo meal chitra

sengut2006 said...

Super. A reminder to people who are away from parents at home. 👌👏🏼😃🙏💐