Arisi Vathal is yet another South Indian wafer that accompanies rice varieties. These wafers, alongside with pickles are made by homemakers in months of May, so that sufficient sunlight is available to dry them.
Tamil Homemakers who are neighbours, friends or relatives club together for making the vathal. The work activity is relished as a festival and with full energy. The highlight of the event is that everything has to be wrapped up by 6 or 7 am.
The porridge is observed precisely to the correct consistency, beyond which it is not correct. The vessel, normally huge, is carried to the terrace or backyard or central courtyard, and dried on white cloth. On day two, water is sprinkled on the back side of the cloth and the wafers are peeled off and dried again for two more days at least, till all the moisture is gone.
Making arisi vathal is an annual ritual, a part of long time plans in homemaking. In Tamil Nadu or India in general, homemakers do daily routines in the morning and seasonal work or annual preparations, or weekly kitchen related work in the afternoon, like grinding coffee or making pickle, for instance.
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