Chithirai kani/ Tamil Varusha Porappu/Tamil puththandu

Chithiraikani or Tamil varusha porappu is celebrated in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. It falls on the second week of April. This is considered as the beginning of new year by the Tamilians. The tamilians in all over the world celebrate this vigorously. Similarly the Malayalam speaking people will celebrate their new year as Vishu. Mostly both  are celebrated on the same day. Sometimes on the next day.

This year- 14th April 2018 to 13th April 2019 is called as Vilambi year.

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On the day before the new year, people place a mirror and decorate it with Konnai poo(yellow colour flower) that blooms during this season. In front of the mirror a brass thambalam(large size plate) is placed. Rice is spread over the plate and the fruits and vegetables are arranged. Three main fruits to be arranged are Mango, Banana, Jack fruit.  Golden cucumber,  grapes, orange,  apple, raw mango, snake gourd, lemon, coconut are also arranged.  Apart from this gold, silver, coins, rupees, panjangam, dhal, turmeric powder, kumkum, beetel leaves, paaku are also placed. On the side of this a lamp is lighted. This is called as Vishu kani.
On the next day morning, we are directed by the elders to go to the pooja room with the eyes closed.  This is practised because the first thing seen on the new year should give us happiness and prosperity for the whole year.  Kani is seen by touching the plate with both the hands.
The elders will give some money for the youngsters as their blessings and it is called as Vishu kaineettam.
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On this auspicious day, for the sadhya, along with the regular food, payasam, vadai and pachchadi is made.

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Tamil Puththandu Nal vaazhuthukkal !!!!

Menu for Chithirai kani and Vishu

Sambar / Mor kootan

Rasam

Arasanikkai kootu

Paruppu vadai  or Mupparuppu vadai

Thayir Pachadi

Koorka-mezhukkuperatti

Chadha-chadhayam 

Thakkali thokku/ Manga kari / Maa-inji, Pachai kuru milagu

Nenthrakai vathal/chips

Curd

Appalam/Pappadam/Vadam

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Rama Navami

Rama navami is considered as the birthday of Lord Rama. It falls  on the ninth day from Ugathi. Usually in Hindu culture ashtami( the eighth day from full moon day or no moon day) and Navami(ninth day from full moon day or no moon day) is considered as inauspicious days. People wont celebrate any function on these days. So Lord Vishnu said in one birth he will born on ashtami and in another birth he will born on navami. In this way we started celebrating gokulashtami(Birthday of Lord Krishnan) and Ramanavami(birthday of Lord Rama).During this day people make Neer mor or Sambaram, paanagam and kosumalli to offer it to Lord Rama. Moreover since this comes during Summer season, consuming Neer mor(Spicy buttermilk), Paanagam and kosumalli will cool one’s body and helps in hydrating. Here are the recipes for the occasion.

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Paanagam

Kosumalli

Sambaram

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Kaaradaiyaan Nonbu

Kaaradaiyaan nonbu or Savithri viratham is a traditional Tamilnadu festival of fasting wherein married woman pray for the wellness and long life of their husband and the unmarried girls pray God to get a good husband. Along with the rice flour, we use cowpea which is called as Kaaramani in tamil. Hence the name Kaaradaiyaan nonbu. I got this information from my grandmother and from my husband’s grandmother.  The origin of this story travels long back to the time of Mahabharatha. Sathyavaan, Savithri’s husband’s life will be taken away by the Lord of Death(Yamadharmaraaja).  She ask to the God one by one finally asking to give her husband a long life. Seeing her purity and devotion, he grants Sathyavaan a long life. Since then this is being celebrated.This is the prayer chanted during the pooja.

Recipe link

Spicy / Salt Adai

Sweet Adai

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  “Urugaadha Vennayum OrAdayum Naan Notren
OruKaalam yen Kanavar piriyaada Irukka Vendum”.
Everyone ties a yellow thread round their neck after offering the kaara adai and inippu adai to the God.


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My Youtube Channel

Hello my dear followers, hope everyone is doing good. If you have noticed, I am not uploading my videos directly here. But you can find them on my youtube channel. I am uploading the videos both in tamil and english. Please click the link below to see the videos on my youtube channel. If you like them please hit the like button, subscibe and share it with your near & dear ones.

Thanks,
Niranjana Sankaranarayanan.

 

http://www.youtube.com/c/SuperduperKitchen

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Thai poosam

       Thaipoosam is considered as the most important festival that is celebrated in Pazhani a pilgrim in India for Lord Muruga.  It derived its name from the day it is celebrated. Thai is one of the tamil months and poosam is one of the stars. So this festival is celeberated during full moon on the month of thai(Mid jan- Mid feb) and on poosam star. The story behind this is Goddess parvathi gifted his son a lance to demonish a demon named Tharakasuran. And he was vanquished by Lord Muruga on this day. So this a celebration for the victory of good over evil.  The devotees pray to the lord and when it is answered they pierce any part of their body with metal skewers and take kavadis (paal kavadi, pannir kavadi, etc) to thank the lord. We make paanagam a drink and sweet thatta payaru(Cow peas) sundal and offer it to God. This year it falls on Jan 31st

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The links to these recipes are:

Thatta payaru Sundal

Paanagam

 

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