Megnanapuram asanam - Asana Choru

Many people may not know about the food I’m going to tell you. People from Tirunelveli or Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India may aware. Once a year, a ceremony is held in the village called Megnanapuram. The festival is celebrated for temple renown and Asanam. On that asana, all the people of the church would gather, cut the vegetables and cook with a very large vessel or cauldron.

Anyone can go and get as much food as they want. Every house in this village must be having the hanging tiffin carrier to get the Asanam food during the festival day. 

In some small temples, they follow meals at the same table concept like marriages. Asana food is mostly “box rice”.

Are you asking what is mean box rice?

They cook tons of samba rice and carry it in a palm leaves packing box from the kitchen to the seating area. Teenagers will stand in line. The box changes one by one and arrives at the place where the rice is delivered.

Palm leaves box and the cooked samba rice mix together and give a very good flavor. "Oh my god",  What a smell!!! The reason is that they use a palm leaves box for everything.

We should talk about the sambar. There are no words to describe that taste. Even more so, many will offer the goat to the temple. Look at that sambar being accompanied by goat meat. You may ask what is sambar made of meat! If you give it one try, you will definitely reach this temple for the festival even if you are out of the world. That's the taste of sambar. In most temples, the Asanam festival is celebrated only in the month of May. So that many will have a holiday during this month,

To eat this meal, we should follow a pattern.

Take the banana leaf and put it on a plate that will make a nice bowl. (Better to eat it on the lid of the hanging tiffin box). Put the cooked samba rice mixed with the flavor of the palm leaves, pour the sambar like a pool and start eating. You will accept that there is no better delicious food in the world than this.

Do you know what is more special than this? Just heat the sambar until it reduced to half and take next day with the samba rice porridge !!!! Wow! This is where our mind will tell us to do have marriage alliance in this town.

Don't think I'm over-buildup. Really this "asana soru" is one of the food that you must taste once in a lifetime. I have never eaten such a flavourful meal before. The reason is the smell of that palm leave box. Even if you take water in a palm leave the flavor will be in different level.

Megnanapuram, the nearest town to Sathankulam, is famous for its asana food. In 1868 itself, a 192-foot-tall tower was built. This temple is the place where the Asana festival is celebrated on the last Thursday of January every year. More than one lakh villagers and relatives of the villagers are attending the festival.

This is one of the highlights of Thoothukudi district. If you ask me briyani or asana food, my vote is for Asana rice. Its taste like that.

Try this meal at least once in your life friends!!!

Learn about the MM used to refer Pepper

We return home from the office after work is completed on a bike or scooter in a hurry. Suddenly there would be a crowd and we slow down. We may get the spicy wind come from the tawa of the nearby roadside roast fish cart shops and disturb eys and make irritation. Everybody faced these situations frequently correct?

So continue to read... let's go next to black pepper ...

The 'mesh size' is a 'sieve' size (an American standard used worldwide for export/import) that allows full black pepper to enter. That's the size of 6MM and 8MM black pepper.

Even more, black pepper is available in more than half - broken / halved / powdered / fine powder as 8,10, 12,14, 18, 28, 30 and 34 mesh sizes.

Black pepper Mesh sizes for various Uses:




Whole black pepper



Half Cracked Black Pepper


Roast beef/Baron of beef

Quarter Cracked Pepper


Roast beef/Baron of beef

Coarse Black Pepper


Roast Chicken and Steaks

Table ground black pepper


Table Use

Restaurant ground black pepper


Table Use

Fine ground black pepper


Saucier Station

Ground white pepper


Sauces and Potatoes

In the table above you can see the details of which mesh size, which number, which type is suitable for cooking.

Number 60 is a very, very nice free-flow black pepper powder that is so thin that it flies in the air (just like the eye-popping roadside fried fish shop's Byadgi chilies mentioned above).

Medicinal benefits of Siris Tree/Albizia Lebbeck

Siris tree, which is full of nutrients. In Tamil, this tree is called Vaagai

Many people are familiar with the tree as it is found with leaves like drumstick leaves and fruits like acacia concinna.

The Siris tree is a very ancient tree that grows from ten feet to thirty feet in height. As the branches of the tree spread out and look like a large umbrella, the shade under the tree is permanent, hence, the tree is also called the shade tree.

Siris tree with small leaves, fragrant beautiful flowers, and high seed pods has been a part of Tamil life since the Sangam period. During the Sangam era, Tamil Nadu warriors would wear flowers on the head as a symbol of victory after the battles. That's why even now Tamil people use the word "Vagai soodi va" to wish. 

The Siris tree is one of the preserved trees in the temples called Thala trees for the benefit of future generations by preserving the ancient trees! The Siris tree, which is considered for stopping soil erosion, also brings many benefits to human beings.

It has various medicinal properties. Usually this tree gives a beautiful view. Its resin, bark, flower, seed, and leaves have medicinal benefits.

Siris tree is rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Dry the bark in the shade and make a fine powder. Mix a spoon of powder with milk and drink daily to make appetite. Mouth sores will heal. 

To cure Eye Diseases: 

Tea made from Siris tree leaves is the best remedy for eye ailments, from redness of the eyes to eye irritation, eye itching, watery eyesight, blurred vision, and night blindness.

To enhance the eyesight:

Wash the leaves a little and boil in two tumblers of water with cumin seed until it is reduced to half, add little palm sugar and drink to increase the eyesight. This will strengthen the eyes and eliminate the effects of eye diseases including night blindness, redness of the eyes, and watery eyes.

Relieving eye pain: 

Shallow fry five or six leaves with castor oil and cool down. Rinse the eyes well with water, close the eyes and place the fried leaves on the eyelids. After a while remove them. This will cure eye pain, swelling of the eyes, including eye irritation.

Flower medicine:

The fragrant flowers of the Siris tree can be used to make medicine for poisons. Sprinkle a little pepper powder with a few flowers or buds, leave two tumblers of water, heat it, until when it is half. Drink this water by adding little honey. All the aches and pains in the body getaway, the toxins in the body are broken down and the poison is cured.

Teeth, gum related problem

For many, the problem may be in the tooth and gums. Toothpaste, which is commonly used by everyone, is the cause of oral problems. Much of the problem can be solved by changing the toothpaste and food you eat.

Powder the root bark and brush the tooth with it. All gum-related diseases will be cured. Your teeth will get stronger.

Boil the siris tree root bark with water. When the water is warm, gargle in your mouth. Doing this daily will cure mouth sores. Your teeth will get stronger. 

Take siris tree resin and make a fine powder. Add this with milk or butter and eat daily. This will cure ulcers. If there is no ulcer in the intestinal, you will not get mouth sores.