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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Thengai_paal_recipe, Aadi_pandigai

THENGAI PAAL The first day of Aadi month is celebrated as Aadi Pandigai. In addition to general pandigai menu, we prepare thengai paal for this pandigai instead of regular payasam. Here is the preparation. Recipe courtesy: My mom

Aadi_paal_recipe, Aadi_pandigai

(Pics are with different colours of jaggery. Recipe is same)

Coconut - medium sized - 1 Jaggery( ratio is mentioned in preparation)
Water - 3 cups
Cardamom - 3
Saffron - a pinch
Kesari powder - a pinch(optional)
Raw camphor - a pinch(optional)
Cashews - 6
Dry grapes - 6
Ghee 1 tsp.

Scrap the coconut and soak in 1 1/2 cups of hot water for 10 minutes. Grind it in a mixie. Squeeze firmly using your hand and strain it in a clean muslin cloth OR a strainer with two fine layers. This is the first extract of coconut milk. Keep aside.

Again, grind it with a cup of water and take out the 2nd extract. Keep aside separately.

Coconut milk : Jaggery Ratio = 3 : 1.
Crush and powder jaggery. In half a cup of water, dissolve jaggery and strain it without any mud. Heat it and allow it to boil till the raw smell diffuses.

When slightly thick, add the 2nd extract, mix well. Now add the 1st extract, mix well and heat till frothy.

Switch off the stove. Add kesari powder, raw camphor, saffron and crushed cardamom. Mix well.

Garnish with cashews and dry grapes fried in ghee.

Note: The coconut milk will curdle if boiled. So, just heat it till frothy. At the same time, if not heated properly, it will have a raw smell. So be careful while heating it. Add the cashews and kismis just before serving.


  1. This is new recipe to me..looks delicious.

  2. Aadi paal is a old traditional recipe..Thanx for blogging abt it..

  3. Looks very gud...times flies so much...Aadi is here too..

  4. Looks delicious... wish to have it. I love this so much..But i have never added the pachai karpuram and saffron to it , sure it will give unique taste i will try it out next time for sure...really makes me mouthwatering and crave to have this immediately

  5. Looks delicious and never tried.Bookmarked.

  6. I made adai in Thaengai paal payasam.Now your version will be tried on coming friday for aadi velli neivedhyam.

  7. Thanks a lot for the additional note. Very yummy recipe.

  8. Hello Mami,

    besh besh ! romba nanna irukku ! looking forward to Aadi pandigai.



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