Tamil New Year

Puthandu, or better known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year traditionally in mid-April by people of Tamil origin in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on April 14 of the Gregorian year. April 14th marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and this remains a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Tropical vernal equinox fall around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries). Hence, the Tamil calendar begins with the same date which is observed by most traditional calendars of the rest of India as in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab etc not to mention Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is also ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter according to popular belief, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as mentioned in Surya Siddhanta.

Sweet Appam
Avani Avittam, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Sweets, Tamil New Year

Sweet Appam

A traditional sweet made during festivals like Tamil New Year, Ganesh Chaturthi and other special occasions. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 150 gms Jaggery – 150 gms, powdered Parboiled Rice – 100 gms Urad Dal – 2 tblsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tsp Cooking Soda – a pinch Cardamom Powder – […]

dry fruits
Kheer, Tamil New Year, Ugadi

Dry Fruits Payasam

Ingredients: Almonds – 15 Cashewnuts – 15 Raisins – 15 Seedless Dates – 10 Milk – 2 1/2 cups Method: 1. Soak the dates, raisins, cahsewnuts and almonds in 1/2 cup of milk. 2. Peel the almond skins. 3. Grind the dry fruits to a fine paste. 4. Add this […]

medhu vadai
Avani Avittam, Ganesh Chaturthi, Tamil New Year, Vada

Medhu Vadai

Medhu Vadai is a very popular deep fried South Indian snack/appetizer served during breakfast or as an evening snack. They are also made during festival or special occasions. Technically Medhu Vadai and Ulundu Vadai are the same, but the difference is in some parts onion is not added to Ulundu […]

Puran Poli
Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Poli, Tamil New Year

Puran Poli

Puran Poli is a popular sweet dish made during Holi festival. It is like a stuffed paratha filled with dal, jaggery and coconut. This is also made during Diwali and is often served as a dessert or as an evening tiffen. Ingredients: Flour – 2 cups Chana Dal – 3 […]