Chitrannam is a platter of different rice varieties usually prepared on the day of Aadi perukku ie. 18th day of Aadi month in Tamil calendar. It is believed that whatever we do on that day would grow manifold, so farmers used to sow their seeds expecting a good yield, businessmen venture into new business, and people in every walk of life eager to start something new.
I prefer to have my chitrannam platter delicious, colorful and flavorful, so I like to make tomato rice, mint rice, sesame rice & candied rice instead of tamarind rice, lemon rice, coconut rice & sweet pongal that are usually prepared on this festive day. Besides these rice dishes are easy to prepare with easily available ingredients and are liked by kids & adults alike. I have prepared brinjal-drumstick curry, medhu vadai, papads, rice vadam & mor-milagai as sides for these rice dishes.
You can refer the slideshows below that are self explanatory for all the recipes except for medhuvadai :
Tomato Rice (Thakkali Sadam)
Sesame Rice (Ellu Sadam)
Mint rice (Pudina Sadam)
Candied Rice (Kalkandu sadam):
First we need to make kalkandu into powder before adding into rice..