Monday, July 16, 2012

Aadi Special - Roasted Coconut Dessert


Aadi - the Tamil month begins today. Its a month filled with festivals and discounts :P

The first day of aadi is marked with celebration and prayers in the district of Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Yes! My native is Salem and though I have not been there in Salem for this festival so far in my life time, I have still heard so much about it from my dad. I have also tasted this delicious coconut dessert that my grandma makes and sends it for us :)

This year it so happened that I was in Salem yesterday and chanced to buy the stick to make this dish. Dad explain his childhood experience of making it with his family and so we did today with all at home :) Dad even sung the traditional prayer song while we were roasting the coconut :)

Just imagine the taste of roasted soft coconut along with the juicy jaggery sauce made of sesame, poha and roasted gram. Isnt that tempting?!! It was and is. I am licking my bowl right now :) Yummyyy.

The only sad part of the month is that newly wedded couples have to miss each other for the next 30 days ;) (Oh yeah me too :( ) But can enjoy being back home with parents :)



Coconut - 1
Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Sesame - 2 tblsp
Flattened rice (Aval) - 2 tbsp
Roasted gram (Pottu Kadalai) - 2 tbsp
Wooden stick - for roasting



Remove the fiber from top of the coconut.

Pierce open one eye of the coconut with a knife. Collect the coconut water in a bowl and preserve it.

Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan for five mins. Allow it to cool.

Take the jaggery, sesame seeds, roasted gram and flattened rice in the mixie jar and powder it coarsely. This will be the filling.


Now fill the above made filling through the hole made in the coconut. Fill in the entire contents and finally pour in 3 tbsp of the reserved coconut water inside the coconut.

Sharpen one end of a long wooden stick so that it fits the hole made on the coconut. Insert the stick firmly inside the hole. Now mix some turmeric powder with water to make a paste. Use this to seal around the stick and apply the rest on the coconut and the stick.

Next, show this on the flame and roast the coconut on all the sides.


Rotate the coconut and roast on all the sides until it cracks on one side exposing the coconut. This might take roughly 10 - 15 mins.

Remove from flame and allow it to cool. Meanwhile keep the coconut in the pooja and pray to god.


Once it cools down, break the coconut using a stone and remove the pod. Cut open the cooked coconut and transfer the liquid to a bowl.

Slice the coconut into small pieces and add it to the bowl with the liquid. Mix and serve.

Enjoy the roasted coconut dessert :)


Written by: Nithya
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Vimitha Durai said...

Very new to me. But authentic Tamil dishes are always a pleasure to have

Unknown said...

wow very nic and new!
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Fathima said...

Ha ha I remember the aadi month taboo in my newly wed days. The scientific reason is that if a woman becomes pregnant in the month of aadi, her delivery will mostly be in Chittirai maasam which will be verrry hot and thus a very uncomfortable time for delivery.
Very interesting recipe.

Fathima said...

Ha ha I remember the aadi month taboo in my newly wed days. The scientific reason is that if a woman becomes pregnant in the month of aadi, her delivery will mostly be in Chittirai maasam which will be verrry hot and thus a very uncomfortable time for delivery.
Very interesting recipe.

great-secret-of-life said...

Very nice and new.. Infact first time I am seeing it.. Very traditional

Unknown said...

omg..very interesting recipe..traditional ..thks for the post ..

hotpotcooking said...

Sounds interesting.

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

wow ... very new to me.. we prepare aadi pal.... but loved this post ..

Shanavi said...

Looks festive with fab pics

Manju said...

thanks for sharing the traditional recipe :)

Divya Kudua said...

Love the procedure of cooking this dish.Never heard of it though.I remember sometime back,some one gave me a weird explanation about why newly married couples were supposed to stay away during aadi month!

Unknown said...

Very interesting!!Looks awesome!

Khaugiri said...

Very new to me......never ever heard about it. Thanks for sharing...

Supriya's Rasoi said...

This is so new thanks Vimitha for sharing this information..Learnt something new today.The step by step pics are amazing specially whiles roasting the coconut.

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

A very traditional and authentic recipe...It's a nice effort from your side to keep these age old traditional recipes alive.

Very nicely explained with step by step pics

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never had coconut cooked this interesting!

Spice up the Curry said...

interesting one

Az said...

Very new to me.. love your clicks! Truely amazing!

Priya Suresh said...

Heard a lot about this, but seen before, wat an excellent post.

Savi-Ruchi said...

Never heard about this! Looks like a difficult one. Photos are very good.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Hey Nits, u belong to Salem.. Thats nice to hear... Same pinch... Even am missing that festival... Not yet seen "coconut Roasting" till date :)

Sangeetha Nambi said...

I am missing all your clicks... I am getting only alternate text as "Photobucket" :(

Nisha said...

Loved this traditional recipe

Tina said...

Nice one.

anjana said...

Very different and delicious..I always love authentic dishes!!loved your wonderful blog.delicious recipes with awesome clicks..

Archana said...

Wow this is new to me. we here we have Ashad wheer the newly weds are sepatated :)

Unknown said...

Oh i adore the earthen pots, they look adorable and coconut on fire is brilliant!!

chinmayie said...

Very interesting recipe! I have never seen antyhgin like this before.

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