Saturday, October 29, 2005


Performing pooja to Kumbam; a pot filled with water and on the mouth of it is placed a coconut and in between the coconut and the mouth of the pot are placed mango leaves. The pot is placed on a bed of paddy or rice spread on banana leaf or tray.

Kumbam symbolises prosperity.

Friday, September 16, 2005



Palmyrah sugar (Panangkatti), packed in - handmade caddy, made with golden dried palmyrah leaves.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Panangkai Panniyaram - Palmyrah Fruit Sweets


Fully ripened Palmyrah fruits- 2
Salt-to taste
Thick coconut milk-1/2 cup
White coconut oil or vegetable oil-1 bottle to fry
Steamed wheat flour-250grams

Bake the Palmyrah fruits in a very low fire or grill.
When cool,wash the fruits and remove the skin.
Break the fruit and take the seeds,and
sprinkle in little water and squeeze out the juice.
Similarly squeeze all the seeds. Then put the juice
on a muslin cloth and squeeze. Thus the pieces
of husks are removed and clear puree/juice is obtained.
Now add the steamed wheat flour, coconut milk, sugar,
salt with the juice and mix well. The batter should be thick
enough that could fall from the fingers when dropped.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, when the oil is boiling,
take some batter in the fingers and drop little by little in the oil.
The dropped batter will blow and get fried. Turn them with frying
spoon now and then. When they turn to a yellowish red colour,
collect and put them on a strainer.When drained,spread them on a
piece of paper to take off the oil.

Bottled Palmyrah puree is available in most Tamil - Sri Lankan/Asian and Indian Food Stores.


Monday, May 23, 2005

Vattrapalai Kannaki Amman

Temple Pongal and Kaavadi falls on 'Vaikasi Visakam', which is the 2nd Full Moon after the Tamil New Year in April, This year on May 23, 2005.

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