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It’s almost 2 months I got a break from everything like cooking, cleaning, blogging especially browsing. Totally enjoyed, my India trip for last 60 days but off course I would be happy if I have extended vacation :) Unfortunately as a mom and wife it is not possible right.  I am happy to be back in my space after a long time and much exited to see all your sweet comments during my absence, thanks all of you.  Missed all your posts, hope to catch them very very soon.  Today I am posting a sweet post which I shot in India.  Its a tradition that is followed in Salem (Tamil Nadu, India) and near by districts during the day of Aadi (Tamil month name for July) 1st. 

The method involves the below steps…………. 

1.Put a hole in the coconut and  remove the water from the coconut.   
2.A stick is inserted into the coconut through the hole made earlier. 
3.The stick which is used is called as Azhinji Kuchi(stick). I am sorry, I am not aware of other names in English or other languages.
 4.The Coconut is  roasted in fire and served with the Sesame Jaggery sauce.  
 5.The other way is to add Poha, Sesame etc inside the coconut before roasting it and served with the Sauce.


This is the first time I watched my Mother-in law making this.  It was so interesting and the roasted Coconut itself tasted great, together with Sesame and Jaggery it was awesome.  This combo is not only for your taste buds, it treats your nose as well.  Yah while roasting the coconut it smelled heavenly, when mixed with Sesame Jaggery sauce it was divine. When considering the health factor, there is no fats like butter or ghee in this dish.  Sesame and Jaggery are very good for health and you can enjoy them without any guilt.  Hope you all will enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed ....

Fire Roasted Coconut with Sesame Jaggery Sauce

Ingredients :

Fire Roasted Coconut - 4
Reserved water from the coconut for making sauce
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Turmeric for sealing the edges

For Sesame powder :

Roasted Sesame seeds - 1 1/2 cup 

Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup

Method :
1. First make a hole in the coconut. Remove the water and set aside. 2. Insert a stick in the coconut and  seal the edges with turmeric as shown in the picture.3. Fire roast them on all sides (high flame) until they become charred all over.  Don't panic when you hear the coconut’s cracking sound, its normal.4. Once they are done , keep it aside and let it cool.5. Mean while prepare the sesame powder.6.  Wash and drain the Sesame seeds.  Dry roast them in a pan until they splutters and well roasted. Make sure not to burn them as it spoils the taste.7. Blend  them coarsely with Jaggery in the mixie/blender.8. Now break the coconut shell, and cut them to small pieces (taste them for sure, its tastes yummy).7. In a pan add the Jaggery and coconut water. Stir them until the Jaggery melts and drain to remove the sands.  Now again bring them to nice boil.8. Now add the Sesame mixture and whisk well to avoid the lumps. Let them boil for few minutes until it thickens slightly. 9. To this add the chopped coconut and give it a stir.  10. Switch off the flame. Let it cool. Serve it.

This can be served warm and also in room temperature.
1. While selecting coconut try to get tender one. 

chef and her kitchen  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM)  

Never knew abt this...the whole process sounds interesting n fun...would love to taste this..looks yummy...Even we missed ur presence fact I was thinking the other day,y u r not back 2 blogging still?good 2 c u back...

Kurryleaves  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM)  

Amazing..looks delicious..jus LOVE that second picture..

chef and her kitchen  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM)  

BTW forgot 2 ask whats d traditional name for dis?

Anuradha  – (July 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM)  

You r coming back with a blast I guess. Awesome. I love this dish. Amiya used to make it when we go to Salem in summer holidays. The pics are amazing. To put it as a step wise procedure is a great thought! Great job Anni!

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (July 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

quite an interesting one and i have heard abt this. Great pics and hope u guys have feasted on this

Latha  – (July 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM)  

Very interesting and fun. Looks so yum! Rocking pics.

Priya Sreeram  – (July 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM)  

I want to know its traditional name too- something new; thanks for sharing !! welcome back to blogging !

Hari Chandana P  – (July 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM)  

Very interesting and tempting recipe.. Awesome job dear,, thanks for sharing :)Indian Cuisine

Prathima Rao  – (July 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM)  

Good to have u back!!!! And this salem speciality is totally new to me..!!! My my...the aroma of roasted coconut must indeed be divine!!!! Brilliant photography too :)
Prathima Rao
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Hamaree Rasoi  – (July 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM)  

Sauce looks excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Hamaree Rasoi

Vimitha Durai  – (July 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM)  

That seriously is a very tedious process but the end product looks so yummy and inviting...

GEETHA ACHAL  – (July 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM)  

வாவ்....ரொம்ப ரொம்ப சூபப்ராக இருக்கு..இதுவரை இது மாதிரி ஒரு சமையல் பார்த்து இல்லை...ரொம்ப அருமை...

ரொம்ப வித்தியசமாக இருக்கு....உங்கள் மாமியாருக்கு நன்றி...

Rama  – (July 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM)  

Its been quite sometime that you were on Vacation, the blogosphere really missed you during that time. Its good though to see your creations getting updated during that time period. Good to know that you are back in action. This post is really a tribute to the cultural heritage of the place and the dish.

Hats off to you for capturing this magnificent dish stepwise. It really takes us through the making of it. The pictures and presentation are awesome as always. The Antique stuff which you used in the pictures are really good. A Great post. Welcome back.

Reshmi Mahesh  – (July 25, 2011 at 1:47 PM)  

Interesting process...Nice detailed clicks...delicious sweet..

Unknown  – (July 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM)  

wow you did bring roots of salem wow!! glad you had a great time in India, now after seeing all ur pic wish to be in India and this is absolutely new for me ...coconut roasting in fire is amazing!!

Sangeetha M  – (July 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM)  

hello friend
first time here n nice to see a traditional sweet recipe from my home town..yep i am from salem :) this is one of our fav festival n we enjoyed a lot during my school days with my sister,cousins n neighbors ...your pictures are so tempting n made me nostalgic...great post...Happy to follow you do visit mine when you find time :) thank you

Vijitha  – (July 25, 2011 at 6:14 PM)  

Lovely home style pictures Pavi. I am reminded of my grandmother's place. She used to make this when we were kids and we call it thengai payasam. As always I am a big admirer of your pictures.

divya  – (July 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM)  

Very interesting and tempting recipe.. Awesome click...

amna  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:17 PM)  

this is an amazing post, thank you so much for sharing :)

KrithisKitchen  – (July 25, 2011 at 8:22 PM)  

As you said, in one word... Divine.. love it very much..

Rekha shoban  – (July 25, 2011 at 9:21 PM)  

wow!!lovely recipe!!beautiful click!

Prema  – (July 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM)  

Wow thats a wonderful post,clicks are amazing...

shriannalakshmi  – (July 25, 2011 at 10:46 PM)  

Thanks for this wonderful post.
Hailing from Salem made me to get drowned in those sweet memories of preparing this.....

jayasree  – (July 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM)  

Thats a wonderful post. Never heard about this traditions. Very interesting. As usual, great pictures. Loved those beautiful pictures.

Unknown  – (July 26, 2011 at 12:33 AM)  

Nice post and interesting to read too

saritha  – (July 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM)  

Wonderful post,this is the first time i heard of this new tradition and the pictures are too good....

Lakshmi Navaneeth  – (July 26, 2011 at 12:56 AM)  
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Lakshmi Navaneeth  – (July 26, 2011 at 1:10 AM)  

Hi Pavithra. Was away from blogging so missed on many of your recipes. This dish looks awesome. Sure it will be very very tasty .... yummy...Lovely clicks. Thanks for sharing.

Padhu Sankar  – (July 26, 2011 at 1:31 AM)  

Looks so tempting .I am hearing it for the first time

Nithya  – (July 26, 2011 at 2:14 AM)  

Wow.. Lovely traditional post :) Periyamma kalakaranga :) Happy to see her preparation here :)

Tina  – (July 26, 2011 at 3:44 AM)  

Its completely new to meeeeee....looks great and tempting with beautiful clicks...

Indian Khana  – (July 26, 2011 at 6:21 AM)  

New for me and looks so gud n interesting

Sarah  – (July 26, 2011 at 8:34 AM)  

the pics are amazing!!!! what an interesting dish this is!

Anu Nandu  – (July 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM)  

Pavi- Enna Salemkke kootitu pointeenga neenga - this is an absolute delight to see! Can't thank you enough!!

Zareena  – (July 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM)  

Wow!!! never heard or tasted this before. I am sure that it would have tasted heavenly.

Nitha  – (July 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM)  

New to me... Interesting one..

vandana rajesh  – (July 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM)  

Awesome pics and nice step by step recipe. The flower decoration is so refreshing...takes me back to days in Kerala when grandmom used to get fresh flowers for puja.

Unknown  – (July 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM)  

wow, that is such an interesting recipe. Fire-roasted coconut, never knew that process before. Delicious pics :)

Sushma Mallya  – (July 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM)  

This is so authentic and lovely...loved the detailed way u have photographed it:)

Madhavi  – (July 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM)  

Thumbs Up for this recipe/Post...amazing clicks!!

Spoon and Chopsticks  – (July 28, 2011 at 3:18 AM)  

Very interesting post about fire roasted coconut. I've never seen the whole coconut being roasted and have never thought about that. You have a lovely blog. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am now following you. Feel free to follow me too.

sangeeta  – (July 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM)  

Hey Pavithra..thanks for dropping by , i discovered you wonderful blog this way.

This is such a unique recipe and has all my favorite ingredients , i just hope i will be able to make it sometime....loved all your posts and pictures are all terrific !!!

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