Kanu Pandigai (Kanu Pongal) Recipes
Kanu Pongal a special festival for ladies who pray for the unity of the family
Kanu day is not an auspicious day. In tamil, we call it as “Kari Naal” or “Kanu Peedai“. Early in the morning, elders will take the turmeric and will mark it in forehead and young girls should seek blessings from the elders. Then they have to follow a ritual of “Kanu Pidi” and then take a bath to come out of “Kanu Peedai”. They are not expected to take any food/drinks till they come out of Kanu Peedai.
Kanu Pidi – How and Why ?
- White rice prepared on the previous day (pongal day)
- Sarkarai pongal prepared on the previous day (pongal day)
- Prepare red color rice by mixing small quantity of rice with kumkum.
- The same way prepare yellow rice by mixing small quantity of rice with turmeric powder.
“Kakaipidi vachen Kannupidi vachen, Kakka Kootam Kalanchalum Enga Kootam Kalayama Irukkanum”*
(* This specific phrase varies from family to family. If you check the comments below form others you will come to know the different variation of this phrase. But the overall concept is same – we are praying for unity within the family)
The detailed phrase given below was provided by Harish (refer the comment section below)
Kanu pongal song :-
Dedicated to all ladies in the group
Kaakaipidi vechen kanupidi vechen
Kanupidiyum kakkaipidiyum kalandhu nanum vechen
Paarthu vechen parappi vechen
Pachai ilayil nirappi vechen
Manjal ilaiyai virichu vechen
Magizhchi ponga pirichu vechen
Kaakaikum kuruvikkum kalyanam nu solli vechen
Niram nirama saadham vechen
Karimbu thundum kalandhu vechen
Vakai vakaiya saadham vechen
Vaazhai pazhamum serndhu vechen
Annan thambi kudumbamellam
Amoghamai vaazha azhagha vechen
Inippu pulippu thenkai saadham
Inpamai naanum eduthu vechen
Ellu saadham elumichai saadham
Ekanthamai naanum vechen
Kootu poriyal aviyal vechen
Kootu kudumbamai vaazha vechen
Dhoopa deepam kaati vechen
Thooya manathodu naanum vechen
Karpooram eathi vechen
Kadavulai vanangi vechen
Aarathi eduthu vechen
Aandavanai vendi vechen
Kanupidi vechen kaakai pidi vechen
Kanupidiyum kaakaipidiyum kalandhu naanum vechen
Kaakaikootam pola engal kootamum piriyaathirikka nan vechen
After chanting this we have to break a coconut, place it in a plate having betel leaves and betel seeds along with 2 bananas. We have to show aarthi around the turmeric leaves and we should pray for our brothers.
We have to make sure the rice kept in leaves should be eaten only by crows. On this auspicious occasion we prepare variety rices and ladies should not eat rasam (Don’t know why, but this what we follow in our family and told by my mom 🙂 ). Please find below some of the variety rices for Kanum Pongal.
Kanu Pandigai(Kanu Pongal) Recipes Video
Kanu Pandigai Recipes:
It is also the day for Cattles. Cows are decorated, their horns are painted and turemeric and aarthi are conducted as cow is revered as Mother. In the villages race are conducted for bulls.
|Mattu Pongal – Cows are decorated and being worshiped.|
For Pongal and Bhogi Festival refer the following links