Chitrannam is a platter of different rice varieties usually prepared on the Aadiperukku day, ie. the 18th day of Aadi month in the Tamil calendar. It is believed that whatever we do on that day would grow manifold, so farmers used to sow their seeds expecting a good yield. It is also believed to be an auspicious day that brings in prosperity people prefer to venture into new business on this day.
Since I prefer to have my chitrannam platter delicious, colorful and flavorful, I like to make tomato rice, mint rice, sesame rice & candied rice instead of tamarind rice, lemon rice, coconut rice & sweet pongal that are usually prepared on this festive day. Besides these rice dishes are easy to prepare with readily available ingredients. I have made brinjal-drumstick curry, medhu vadai, papads, rice vadam & mor-milagai as sides for these rice dishes.
Please refer the slideshows below that are self explanatory for these recipes except medhuvadai :
Candied Rice (Kalkandu sadam): First we have to make kalkandu powder (sugar crystals) using mixer-grinder.