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Tamil Varusha Pirappu Recipes – Tamil New Year Recipes

Wish you all a Happy Tamil New Year!!

Tamil New Year is celebrated on the first month of the Tamil solar calendar, Chithirai. It is celebrated by the Tamil population in Indian and around the world.

From wikipedia:

The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar. The Tropical vernal equinox falls around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal transition or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (the Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries).

Hence, the Tamil calendar begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura etc. not to mention Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta.

The 60 year cycle comes by 5 revolutions of Jupiter and 2 revolutions of Saturn. The relative position of Jupiter and Saturn in one particular year will be repeated after 60 years. The 60 year cycle was essentially conceived for predicting the climate of a particular year, as the relative position of the two major planets, Jupiter and Saturn, is recognized for its alleged impact on climate.

On the new year’s eve we arrange tray full of fruits, flowers, gold, silver, money and place it in front of a mirror in the puja room. It is a custom or ritual that as soon as we wake up on the next day we go straight to the puja room with eyes closed and this will be the first sight on the beginning of this year. It is believed that this positive beginning brings wonderful things to our life through out the year.

We also prepare a vegetarian feast and enjoy with our family. I have shared a few recipes from the list of items we prepare on this day.

Paruppu Payasam
paruppu-payasam1
Coconut Rice Payasam
coconut-rice-payasam-3
Kalkandu Pongal
kalkandu-pongal-1
Nutty Kheer
nutty-kheer-1
Sabudhana Kheer
sabudana-kheer
Carrot Kheer:
carrot-kheer
Mixed Vegetable Sambar
kathirikkai avarakkai sambar-1
Arachuvitta Sambar:
arachuvitta sambar
Kothamalli Rasam
kotthamalli rasam
Thakkali Rasam:
Tomato-rasam-32
Paruppu Poli
paruppu-poli-1
Raw Mango Pickle:
Mango Pickle 3
Medhu Vadai
medhu-vadai-3
Avial
avial
Paruppu Usili
Paruppu usili
Vazhakkai Poriyal
steamed plantain fry1
Beans Poricha Kootu
Beans Poricha Kootu2
Vazhakkai Poriyal
plantain chips-3
Cabbage Peas Poriyal
cabbage peas poriyal
Stuffed Brinjal Fry
eggplant-fry1
Butter Milk
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One Comment

  1. i am a north indian guy… but i love south indian food i am mad about south indian food and cuisine..
    i am eating almost two time in a day south indian food….
    and after saw this pics i am hungry to eat….

    kabab restaurant in south delhi

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