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Aadi pirappu or Aadi pandigai festival is observed on the first day of Tamil month Aadi ( Aadi 1st) as per tamil panjangam.This year 2014,it falls on July 17th ie tomorrow.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 mix would be awesome.I had planned to do it tomorrow. I will try to share that post 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 in 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 paal recipe Aadi thengai paal  recipe for aadi pirappu/aadi pandigai ! Cuisine: Indian Category: Festival recipes Serves: Serves 1-2 Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 Minutes INGREDIENTS Grated coconut - 1 cup Raw rice – 1 tbsp Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup Cardamom - 2 nos Cashews - 5 nos Ghee -1 tsp METHOD Grate coconut.Grind it adding rice & 1 cup of warm water to take the first milk.Strain it and take the extract.Again add 1/2 cup of water,grind and take the second milk.Mix both the milk and set aside. Melt the grated jaggery in a bowl adding 1/4 cup of water.Once its melted,strain the syrup and again boil for few minutes in medium flame till its raw smell emanates. Now add the coconut milk and let it boil in medium flame for 3-4 minutes.It should not boil.Coconut milk should be heated till its raw smell goes off.Keep stirring every now and then.Lastly add cardamom powder.Roast cashews in ghee and add to the milk. Delicious aadi thengai paal is ready ! Note Adjust the quantity of jaggery based on ur taste.  U can replace rice with rice flour but u should mix it without any lumps.Basically rice or rice flour is used to give thickness to the dish.  U can add a pinch of kesar color if u wish. Color of this payasam may vary based on the color of jaggery. Welcome Aadi with this yummy thengai paal recipe Do check out my other Aadi recipes Sweet pongal/Sakkarai pongal Payasam recipes Mango pachadi Maa vilakku recipe Thengai payasam/Coconut payasam Medhu vadai (without onion) Aadi 18/Aadi perukku recipes Very good recipes Tags: Aadi festival, Festival recipes, Coconut milk recipes, Dessert, Jaggery, vegan Technorati Tags: Aadi pandigai recipes,Aadi festival,Aadi pirappu,aadi pirappu recipes,Aadi thengai paal recipe,Aadi thengai paal,aadi recipes,aadi perukku recipes
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