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.
During the Vedic period, when the groom's family arrived for the wedding, they were served food in leaves foled in a conical shape, the first to eat after their long journey to the bride's village.
It was thought that these leaf-covered cones made it exceedingly easy for them to store food. As a result, it became a habit. A food item stored beneath a cone also lasts longer than one kept in an open area, since it has been scientifically proven that the conical form has the ability to collect all positive energy and pass it on to the food items covered in the cone.
Since the main ingredients used in cooking, the pulses (Parupu), Thengai (Coconut), and Jaggery (vellam), were kept in the cone and offered to the groom's family in the olden days, the couples who got married ate those stuffs from the cone and stayed hale and healthy for ever without any diseases, with the blessings of Shiva and Parvathi.....who are invoked in the cone with mantras chanted before marriage. 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.
Not only in weddings but Paruppu Thengai is considered auspicious in almost all ceremonies such as Upanayanam, Gruhapravesam(housewarming), seemandham(baby shower), Ayush Homam(1st birthday) or Sapthiabthapoorthi(60th birthday).
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.