Aadi Perukku (August 3) – Aadi Perukku or Padinettam Perukku is celebrated on the eighteenth day of this tamil month Aadi.
The people of Tamil Nadu celebrate monsoon through this festival. People worship the rivers for the rains in abundance. Aadi is the month for sowing, rooting, planting of seeds and vegetation since it is peak monsoon time. AAdi pattam thedi vithai is a popular saying which means this is an ideal time to sow. Also the winds are so strong that even a heavy stone will fly is another saying AAdi kaathil ammiyum parakkum. We found it difficult to cycle against the winds in this month in my teenage.
Aadiperukku is very special in the Kaveri delta. It is celebrated to mark the rising of water levels . How much symbolically our ancestors have designed all such festivals that we have given importance to all around us. Nowadays Children in kindergarten are taken tours to duck farm , water plants to bring the awareness but all learnt this through our way of life. Lucky are those who still live in the same surroundings. Aadiperukku is a festival of fertility and people of Tamil Nadu especially women offer prayers. They wear new clothes and perform abhishekham for Kaveri amman. Newly married couples preserve their marriage garlands and throw in the rivers . It is a celebration of joy and get together. I remember my mother doing this pooja near the well and I look forward for the yellow string they tie in our necks or hands .
After marriage this is the first time I am celebrating this as I used to forget and being a holiday I was enjoying the whole preparation and celebration . I just kept a pot of water near the pooja articles and did poojai along with making five variety rices. Also I did a special aarathi to my sink tap. Something to celebrate the water power. The unusual item today was Peanut rice . I had originally planned to make Coconut rice but since I was afraid of using too much coconut I skipped t this. A tasty one ,yet we have to do it occasionally as nowadays peanuts too are adviced by Doctors to avoid. Along with Peanut rice I made Tamarind Rice, Lemon rice, Sakkarai Pongal and curd rice . With that and an evening visit to a temple the celebration was fulfilled.
Now for the recipe of Peanut rice.
To roast and grind :
Peanuts -1/2 cup
Channa dal -1 tbls
Red chilli -3
Hing -1 /2 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Urad Dal -1 tsp
Coconut -1 tbs
Peanuts -1 tbs
For the Rice:
Rice -1 cup cooked
1. Cook rice with enough water and cool it. The rice should be separate .
2. Roast the ingredients given above one by one and first grind chilli, hing and Channa dal . Then add peanuts and give a swirl . It can be one or two .
3. Mix this to the rice, add salt and temper the ingredients given in the tempering list and add it to the rice . Give an even mix and serve with appalam.