When we think of ceremonies, especially the ones here down south a lot of images come to our minds – fun festivities, long-standing customs, family gatherings and of course all the delicious food. One of the main customs is presenting Seer Bakshanam. Seer Bakshanam are sweets and snacks that are prepared especially for ceremonies and presented by families to one another. It is a custom that dates back ages. Any South Indian ceremony is incomplete without the Seer Bakshanam.
The Paruppu Thengai Koodu is an important Seer Bakshanam. It is present during all ceremonies in a household be it weddings, Upanayanam, Gruhapravesam(housewarming), seemandham(baby shower), Ayush homam(1st birthday) or Sapthiabthapoorthi(60th birthday). But it is an extremely important part of wedding rituals. In some communities, the Paruppu Thengai koodu is presented during all stages of a wedding. This may amount up to 6 or 7 pairs.
They are composed of two conical casings filled with sweets like manogaram, kadalai urundai, pottu kadalai urundai etc. The sweets are prepared and filled inside conical casings made of metal or any other material. It is then decorated with decorative paper and adorned with flowers. The presence of a pair of Paruppu Thengai Koodu signifies a couple. The sweets filled inside represent the children. The sweetness of the contents is said to bring in good luck.
The evolution of the Paruppu Thengai Koodu is extremely fascinating. As the name suggests initially paruppu(lentils) and thengai(coconut) along with jaggery where stuffed into cones made from paper or leaves and sent with the bride. Later on, the same contents were cooked into a sweet and stuffed into the covering. With the advent of modern life and changes in preferences, the paruppu thengai has been replaced with sweets.
At Sweet Karam Coffee we have designed Paruppu Thengai Koodu with delicious variations in the contents. We offer options of Manogaram, Kadalai Urundai, Pottu Kadalai Urundai, Thengai Burfi, Mysorepak and Laddu as stuffings inside the koodu. We have chosen a classic decoration of golden decorative paper and a string of flowers.