The month of Aadi is one of the most auspicious months in the Tamil Calendar. There are a few days in this month which are of even more significance. One of them is the Aadi Padinettam Perukku or Aadi Perukku, which is the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi. The Padinettam perukku is celebrated to pay the respects to the river Cauvery. On this day, a variety of rice items, vadai and payasam are prepared and packed and people used to walk up to the banks of the river Cauvery and enjoy their meal.
I don’t have any memory of having enjoyed such a meal on the banks of a river but I do remember, my mother preparing a wide spread different rice varieties, like Lemon rice, Coconut rice etc with lots of vadams, karuvadams etc. And we all use to sit together as a family and enjoy the meal.
Here are few of the recipes: