Coconut Tree – The Kalpavriksha on earth.

Coconut Tree – The Kalpavriksha on Earth. According to Hindu mythology, Kalpavriksha is a tree that grows in the garden of Devendra, the King of Gods. The literal meaning of Kalpavriksha, is the tree that fulfills every needs.The Coconut tree, is known as the Kalpavriksha on earth. Because each and every part of the tree is useful in one way or the other. Moreover, we cannot think of a day without using either coconuts or any other part of the tree. Hence the title bestowed upon it, is really appropriate, in every respect.

Coconut seedlings in bags ready to replant .

Coconut seedlings

Coconut Tree – The Kalpavriksha on Earth. How Kerala got the name?

Because of Kera vriksha, the Coconut tree, our state Kerala has got it’s name. ( Kera – alam means the land of coconut ). In Malayalam, our official language, the name is Keralam. Above all, the terrain and climate in the state are suitable for the growth of coconut. Surely, it is one of the main cash crops that adds revenue to the state. A large number of farmers are engaged in coconut cultivation. However, the products are highly in demand within the state as well as for exporting.

Ritual importance of coconut.

Owing to its Satvik nature, coconut has got ritual importance. Hence it is used as an important item for performing poojas on auspicious occasions. Breaking a coconut in front of Lord Ganesha ( the Vighneswara, who dispels Vighnas or obstacles ), is a custom. Especially before starting any new venture.

Lord Ganesha

Coconut Tree – The Kalpavriksha on Earth. Simple Recipes.

Before concluding, I will share with you, the simple recipe of a delicious coconut snack ‘The Ada’. Definitely children as well as grown ups will enjoy this with evening tea.Preparation and cooking time – 45 minutesIngredients:

  • Rice flour. – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1/2 tea spoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Boiling water – as neede
  • For filling :
  • Grated coconut – 1 1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery -1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tea spoon
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Dried ginger powder – ¼ tea spoon

A few pieces of banana leaves are also needed for wrapping.How to prepare:First put rice flour, ghee and salt in a pan and stir well with a spoon. Then add boiling water little by little. Make a thick dough, and keep it aside. In another pan mix together all ingredients for filling. Take a few pieces of clean banana leaf . Next make the dough a little more soft with hands. Roll it into small balls and flatten evenly on the leaf. Spread the coconut filling over the dough and fold it securely. Finally, steam it for ten to fifteen minutes, and your delicious ‘Ada’ is ready.

AdaTry to make the delicious coconut snack, surely you will love it.


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