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Saturday, August 1, 2009


Aadi 18 is nearing. So this post. The 18th day of Tamil month Aadi is also known as "Aadi perukku" or "Aadi 18" or "Padinettaam perukku". Perukku in Tamil means "in abundance". The rivers will have water in abundance now, after the monsoon rains in the previous month. This is an important pandigai of TamilNadu. On this day, people prepare mixed rice varieties also called as kalandha saadham or chitraannam. They go to the banks of the river with kith and kin and enjoy the trip with chitraannam. This is an important festival for the farmers.

Aadi 18 menu : Coconut rice, Lemon rice or Puliyodharai, Sarkarai pongal and curd rice alongwith poricha appalam.

Admire the tactics of our elders. Nothing will be spilt while travelling to the banks of the river and cooking is
also simplified .



Cooked rice - 2 cups

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Split urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Chenna dhal - 1/2 tsp.
Dry red chillies - 1 or 2
Curry leaves - few
Hing - a pinch
Scraped coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tsp.
Ghee - 1/2 tsp.


In a kadai, heat oil, add all the ingredients except coconut and saute till golden brown. Now add the scraped coconut and saute for some time till it changes its colour and be careful, it should not become brown. Switch off the stove. Now add the cooked rice, and ghee. Mix gently without breaking the rice. Your coconut rice is ready.
Follow the above mentioned links for other varieties.


  1. Chithrannam looks perfect Shanthi..apt for the occasion..

  2. Nice spread and with appalam and vadaam won't they taste divine? I will send the Kozhukkattais soon to your event.

  3. I love any kind of Kalandha Sapadu.....yum

  4. Perfect Shanthi... a very nice and concise write up... the pic looks lovely...

  5. That is a lovely rice and was an interesting read :)

  6. looks great shanti..nice post and nice spread!

  7. I love coconut rice. Varieties of chitranna looks tempting


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