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Kapparisi - A must during Punyakavachanam

posted 3 Jan 2014, 19:08 by R A   [ updated 24 Mar 2014, 01:51 ]
During the naming ceremony of a new born, this is made by the aunt of the baby. After the baby is named, this is distributed to all. Just as the name suggests, this is to ward off the evil eyes when the aunt or athai puts silver and gold anklets, bangles for the new born.

Raw rice - 2 cups
Roasted Peanuts - 1/4 cup (optional)
Processed Channa Dal (Pottukadalai)-1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Finely chopped coconut pieces - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Wash and soak rice in water for about 15 mins. Strain and spread over a clean cloth. After 15 to 20 mins roast it in a dry pan till it turns light pink in colour. Roast peanuts and processed channa dal in a dry pan, till it becomes slightly golden in colour. In 1/2 tbsp of ghee fry the coconut pieces till the aroma is released.

Grind the rice to 1/2 (do not over run the mixer and make it a powder). This can also be made even without making the rice to rawa consistency. Mix peanuts, processed channa dal, coconuts, cardamom powder in a shallow bowl.

Make Jaggery syrup and pour it on top of the mixture and mix thoroughly. Cool and store it. This can be stored for about a week.

Recipe courtesy - Meenakshi Ammal