Friday, April 15, 2011

Varusha pirappu / Tamil New Year Specials

Tamil New year which generally falls on April 14th is considered as the new year for tamilians. This is the first month in tamil calender - Chithirai. As in all festivals the speciality is cooking. A variety of dishes are prepared on this day and some dishes are specific for this day only.

This day's specialities include a spicy dish, Tangy dish, Bitter dish, sweet dish along with regular festival specials. Its basically on the principle that joy and sorrow in life to be treated with equanimity.

Every Festival we have the custom on serving food on Banana Leaf (in specified order only) and eating with Family.

This Year due to some reason i did the entire cooking for the new year. The items that i made on that day were
1. Panakam (Jaggery drink)
2. Neer More (Spiced Butter milk)
3. Paruppu Kosmalli (Soaked moong dal with raw Mango, cucumber, carrot etc)
4. Manga pachadi (A tangy sweet dish made with Raw Mango &; Jaggery)
5. Vepamboo Pachadi (a little bitter dish made of dry neem flower & jaggery)
6. Vendakkai More Kozhambu (A curry made of curd , coconut & green chillies)
7. Tomato Rasam
8. Cucumber Pachadi (Cucumber & curd)
9. Paruppu Paayasam (a sweet dish with moong Dal , Chana Dal & Jaggery)
10. Paruppu Vadai
11. Kadala Maa Poli (a sweet preparation with Maida , besan flour, Jaggery & coconut)
12. Beans Kari (cooked & fried beans)
13. Vaazhakkai Kari (deep fried raw banana)
14. Rice & Dal

Will Give a seperate write up on how to prepare some of the special items in a different post. Some pictures of my preparation on that day...

Panakam & Neer More
Vepamboo Pachadi

Manga Pachadi

Paruppu Vadai

Thengai Poli
More Kozhambu
Items Served in Banana Leaf


Ramya said...

Amazing Rans, kalakkitta po. Looking forward for the individual posts :)

Suhasini Deepak said...

Yummy Ranjani...Wish to have nreakfast, lunch and dinner at ur place :)

R A said...

Thanks Ramya :)
Sure Suhasini..u r always welcome..