Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is a festival of fertility that is being celebrated by women in south India for more than 500 years. It was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature, Paripadal, written in the 14th century.

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I like to quote them here:

“Women getting ready to bathe in the river urging their men to dress in festive clothing befitting the day, women carry incense, flowers, offerings & fire, when the flood waters come to Vaigai river.”

In those days it was celebrated with lots of fun & fervor especially in Cauvery, Vaigai & Thamiraparani river basins anticipating prosperity. If you are interested to read those Tamil verses, you can visit here: https://learnsangamtamil.com/Β 

Rivers are treated as sacred waters or Goddesses in Hindu Mythologies and swelling river during monsoon was seen as if Goddess were pregnant, so people used to offer sour & sweet goodies that are liked by pregnant women to the flooded rivers.

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It was also mentioned in Sangam literature that even kings used to come to both the river banks and indulged in punalattam (water sports)!

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We usually prepare tamarind rice, mango rice, sweet pongal, etc. on this day and have them for lunch after offering to Goddess by immersing into the river.

IMG_0511I have served sweet pongal, tamarind rice, coconut rice, mango rice & curd rice as rice varieties, potato-peas fries, paruppu vadai, appalam, vadagam & lemon pickle as sides and end our meal with buttermilk, banana, paan (betel leaves & gulkand – a sweetened rose petals preserve). You can find these recipes by clicking the captions under their photos or the slideshows below:

 

Coconut Rice Recipe:

 

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Mango Rice Recipe:

 

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Potato-peas Fries recipe:

 

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    1. Megala says:

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      1. You are very welcome! πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow such a lovely feast!!πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  3. We do celebrate this type of festival too.

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    1. Megala says:

      Feeling great to know that! Thank you !

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  4. Wow all the recipes are mouth watering πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! πŸ™‚

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      1. πŸ’πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much ! Will check them now!!

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  6. Such a delicious and festive spread! I’d sure love to celebrate with you.

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    1. Megala says:

      πŸ™‚ You are most welcome! Thanks a lot !!

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  7. The food looks yummy,

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  8. Reema says:

    I didn’t cook any rice on aadi peruku..!! Just gave it a miss! Aadi Maasam is quite overwhelming.. Pooja every friday… on 18th day for aadi perukku.. We call it 18-perukku..!! Just day before yesterday we celebrated avani avittam…!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, this month is so special in many ways ! πŸ™‚

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  9. Healthy selection!

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  10. All these looks so delicious!!!!mouth watering!!!

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  11. Bhagyashri says:

    Nice information dear :-).. and food looks yummy….

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  12. This looks amazing, and so delicious! Thank you for the description of the festival, too, such an interesting read. Adore your blog x
    Abby | http://www.seafoaming.com

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  13. Enjoyed the post ma’am. As not residing in India we miss these traditions.

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  14. jyo says:

    Nice infoπŸ” and the food looks damn delicious πŸ˜‹

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  15. Very nice post Megala! Your traditional way of food serving on the banana leaf and your dishes are making me very hungry πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  16. Malini says:

    Amazing post and great description Megala. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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  17. Fascinating! I love reading about other cultures! Thanks for sharing that and you’re wonderful recipes!!!

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    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure! Thanks a lot!

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  18. KathrinS says:

    Sounds like a wonderful festival, and the food you cook looks delicious!

    Kathrin — http://mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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  19. Wonderful post Megala…loved it..☺

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  20. Wonderful post Megala! You have explained it in such an elaborate way about the festival.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
    The festive spread looks delicious! My favorites are mango rice and sweet Pongal.πŸ˜€

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot Latha!

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  21. Along with the recipes, the information about the festival was quite interesting and an added bonus!

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    1. Megala says:

      Glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

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  22. Dice n Cook says:

    nice spread with good information

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  23. A gorgeous post for many reasons.

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  24. Looks great and so wonderful to know the tradition!

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  25. I am amazed at the variety of rice that South Indians prepare. Beautiful post Megala πŸ™‚

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  26. contentcreator says:

    Yummy ….. Great Post Megala’s Kitchen πŸ™‚

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  27. What a festive culinary celebration. The potatoe-peas-Fry got my full attention. Thank you for sharing

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  28. Kurian says:

    Fertility festival
    Such a noble one

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thank you for stopping by!

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  29. Aruna says:

    What a feast! I love our festival food. πŸ™‚

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot, Aruna!

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  30. Sneha Modi says:

    Everything looks yum!!!

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  31. The food looks delicious! Thanks for sharing all the info about the festival. Very interesting!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

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