Tamil New Year Recipes



Try the following delicious dishes of Tamil New Year.

Paruppu Payasam

Ingredients required:
  • 1 cup - kadle bele/ chana daal
  • 1 to 1.5 cup - jaggery
  • 2 cups - grated coconut or thick coconut milk
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp - rava or raw rice
  • 1 tsp - ghee
  • 1 tsp - elaichi powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp - raisins
  • 1 to 2 tsp – cashews

Way to cook:
  • The chana daal should be pressure cooked in water.
  • Now, one has to roast the rava in a dry manner till the raw smell from it disappears and mix it with the chana daal that has already been cooked.
  • But in case you are using raw rice instead of the rava, after roasting it dry, grind it to make a smooth powder and mix with the daal. The Payasam will then get a thick appearance.
  • To this, add thick coconut milk to the mixture and let it boil.
  • But in case you are using grated coconut, grind it and then make a smooth paste with water and then boil it along with the mixture.
  • If you need extra water, add it and keep on stirring regularly.
  • Now, add jaggery and elaichi powder.
  • After all that is done, roast the raisins and cashews in 1 tsp ghee and add them to the payasam.
  • All these ingredients should be mixed well and again boiled for some more time.
  • Add sweetness according to your taste.
  • You can either serve it hot or cold, as you might like it.
Paruppu Payasam
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Puran Poli

Ingredients required:
  • 1 cup - all purpose flour/maida (strained)
  • 1 cup - bengal gram daal
  • 1 cup - jaggery
  • 1/2 cup - grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp - cardamom powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Approx 1 to 2 tbsp - broken cashews


  • Way to cook:
  • Flour, turmeric and 1 tbsp of vegetable oil should be mixed well after adding water to it and soft pliable dough should be made.
  • Cover it with a cloth and set it aside.
  • In the mean time, boil the bengal gram in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and let it turn soft.
  • Now, drain the lentil and put it back in the saucepan mixing jaggery, coconut and cardamom powder with it.
  • Allow the jaggery to melt and also see to it that all the other components make a harmonious mixture.
  • Allow it to cool and then grind the mixture in a food processor. But do not add any extra water.
  • Toast the cashews in ghee and add it to the mixture.
  • Make a small ball from the dough and make a circle from it.
  • in a similar manner, also make a small ball from the lentil mixture and put it in middle of the dough.
  • On top of the lentil mixture, bring the end of the dough to the center. Pinch them all together and press it on a flatbread.
  • Now, you have to roll it on the flatbread, even if it does not make a perfect circle. Make it thick or thin as you might desire.
  • Place it on a grill and sprinkle some ghee around it to cook until it is golden brown.
  • Place the other side and also cook in a similar manner, till golden brown/reddish.
  • Puran Poli


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    Dal Vada

    Ingredients required:
  • 1 cup - chana dal, which is soaked in water for approx 3 to 4 hours
  • 1/2 – finely chopped big onion
  • 2 – medium spiced green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp - red chili powder
  • A pinch of hing
  • 3 to 4 – finely chopped curry leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp - grated coconut, fresh or frozen (as you like)
  • 1 tbsp - rice flour
  • Salt
  • Oil to deep fry


  • Way to cook:
  • Beat the green chilies inside a blender and ground them coarsely.
  • Entire water should be drained out of the soaked dal and beat it for quite a few times.
  • Make sure that the dal is only coarsely ground and look into it that it doesn’t become a paste.
  • All the ingredients should be mixed well, barring the oil.
  • Heat the oil in a pan which has a heavy bottom.
  • Make small dumplings from the mixture of the dal and use your palms to flatten them.
  • Now, the vadas that you have made drop them in hot oil and deep fry it.
  • The heat should be somewhere between low to medium.
  • If you do not keep this in mind, and the heat is high, the vadas would only get burnt or semi-cooked.
  • Once it has been deep fried, the oil should be removed and drained into paper towels.
  • Coconut chutney or ketchup – try any one of these to serve them hot.


  • Dal Vada Tamil New Year Recipes
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    Lime Rice

    Ingredients required:
  • 1cup rice
  • A bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp tender and cleaned chick peas
  • 6 green chillies (optional)
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Way to cook:
    • Go for basmati rice as it is the long grained variety.
    • Wash the rice and soak it in water.
    • Cook the rice in a manner that the grains of rice are not broken.
    • Heat oil in a deep drying pan or until smoke comes up.
    • .To the oil, add mustard seed, split tender peas and the chillies.
    • Fry it until the peas become golden.
    • To this, add lime juice, turmeric and salt to taste.
    • Let the mixture boil and immediately pour it over cooled cooked rice.
    • Toss the rice in a manner that it gets completed mixed with the lime mixture.
    • Use chopped coriander leaves or fried cashew nuts to garnish and serve.
    Lime Rice Recipe
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