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Popular Karthigai Deepam recipes

Karthika Deepam or Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights that commemorates the bonding between brothers and sisters. Rows of clay Oil lamps are lit in every house. The lighted lamp is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy
Primarily celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and Kerala, the festival falls in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai and occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and Pournami.
This year, Karthigai Deepam falls on November 23, 2018.

Devotees observe a fast on Karthigai Deepam and prepare delicacies like Kadalai Urundai, Pori urundai, Adhirasam, Appam, Vadai, Payasam and Adai to offer as neivedhyam. Here are recipes of some favourite dishes prepared on Karthigai Deepam:

KADALAI URUNDAI
Round balls of peanuts bound by jaggery, ghee and a dash of cardamom.

 

PORI URUNDAI
Traditional sweet balls made with puffed rice 

 

NEI APPAM
Create magic with ghee and a batter of raw rice, banana and jaggery. 

 

KARTHIGAI ADAI
A pancake made with Raw Rice, coconut and Toor Dal 

 

ADHIRASAM
This deep fried sweet is a festival favourite

 

VADAI
Southern India's favourite snack

 

MASALA VADA
The crunchy snack is also loved by the gods

 

PAAL PAYASAM
Traditional kheer made with milk for festivals