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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Celebrate Thiruvadarai with Kali and Kootu (Tamil Iyers Special) - Reposting with new photos

Thiruvadarai is on 22nd December 2010. It is also called Aarudra Darisanam. Thiruvadarai is Lord Shiva's star which falls on full moon day in the tamil month of Margazhi. Speacial prayers are performed at 9th January night in various Shiva temples all over India.

Celebrate Thiruvadarai with Kali and Ezhukari Kootu.

Here goes the recipe for Thiruvadarai Kali.


Rice Rava - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 1 tspn (powdered)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Ghee - 4 tspns
ashews - 6 nos
Water - 3 cups

Preparation Method
Preparation of rice rava Fry 1 cup of normal rice untill it turns light brown. Transfer it to a bowl and cool it. Grind to coarse powder in mixie(Like rava/semolina/sooji)
Fry 1 cup of moong dal till light brown and transfer it to a separate bowl.
Preparation of Thiruvathirai Kali:
In a kadai, add jaggery, add 1 1/2cup water to dissolve. Strain it prior to boiling to remove muddy particles generally present in Jaggery.
Boil moong dal with 1 1/2cup water separately and once ready add it to the jaggery water and boil it. When the desired consistency is achieved add rice rava little by little and keep stirring to avoid formation of lumps.
Add ghee and stir to make kali rich.
Add grated coconut and cardamom powder for taste and flavour.
Make the flame low and close the lid for few mins till rava is well cooked.
Heat ghee and fry the cashews (If you wish add more ghee to get good taste) mix well.

Kali is ready to serve with Ezhukari Kootu.

Here goes recipe for Kootu

Sweet Potato(Large) - 1 no
Potato - 2 nos
Yam (senai Kizhangu) - 1 small piece
Koorkai(Siru Kizhangu) - 6 nos
Arbi (Cheppankizhangu) - 2 nos
Chow Chow(Chayote) - 1no
Avarakai - 50gms
Mochaka - 50gms
Turmeric - a pinch
Grated coconut - 2 cups
Green chilli - 3 nos
Curry leaves - 2 tspns
Coconut oil - 2 tspns
Salt to taste
Preparation Method
Wash all the vegetables and cut them into medium size pieces.
In a Kadai, put all the vegetables with little water, salt and turmeric and cook.
Grind in mixie grated coconut and green chillies.
Once its 3/4th cooked add this mixture and mix well (do not over cook then vegetables will be mashed)
Keep it in medium flame, add little water if required.
Add 2 tspns coconut oil and curry leaves.
Kootu is a side dish gravy for the Kali. It is called Ezhukari Kootu because we use 5 rooted vegetables and 2 any other vegetables. If you dont get rooted vegetables you can do with other vegetables also.
Allow it to boil.

From my mom's kitchen Kootu is ready to serve with Kali.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Navaratri Begins.....

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Navarathri.

Navarathri is going to begin from tomorrow after this Mahalaya Amavasya day. Navarathri means a 9 day festival of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Durga.
This is celebrated by Hindu religion in different states of India.

You can see Golu i.e decorating the house with dolls. They keep 3,5 or 11 padi/steps. Each day various prasadam is prepared and exchanged with ladies. Gifts are also bought and given with Kumkum. Many people keep fast on these days. Sundal is a usual prasadam prepared with the dals and its very healthy. These 10days food is prepared without onion and garlic.

Mysore, Karnataka, India is famous for Mysore Dasara and 10days its celebrated very grand.

Navarathri starts from 8th Oct and ends on 17th October. 16th October is Saraswathi Pooja, on this day books and music instruments are kept for pooja. 17th October is Vijayadashami. Aksharabyasam is also done for children before going to school on this day. Children enroll into music, dance and other classes on these days. During these 10days of the festival cleaning or dusting are to be avoided until the Ayudha Pooja day. In many places classical music navaratri concerts are conducted.

Lots of sweets are distributed in factories and many enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

In North India, they have garba and dhandiya cultural dance for this festival.

On Mahalaya Amavasya payasam or sweet is prepared and offered to God.

Since am abroad we dont keep Golu but still do all the pooja and prasadams.

Here is the prayer when lighting the lamp sent by my cousin.

Subham Karoti Kalyanam
Arogyam Dhana Sampadah
Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya
Dipa Jyotir Namostute

Some more information on Goddess Durga

Who is Goddess Durga and the meaning of Durga?

Durga, in Sanskrit means "She who is incomprehensible or difficult to reach." Goddess Durga is a form of Shakti worshiped for her gracious as well as terrifying aspect. Mother of the Universe, she represents the infinite power of the universe. The manifestation of Goddess Durga is said to emerge from Her formless essence.

She is also called by many other names, such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali. In the form of Parvati, She is known as the divine spouse of Lord Shiva and is the mother of Her two sons, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and daughter Jyoti. Destroyer of demons, she is worshiped during an annual festival called Durg

Her Appearance

There are endless aspects of Durga described in the Puranas and Agamas and the iconography is consequently very varied. She is usually pictured as having ten arms holding Sword, Conch, Discus, Rosary, Bell, Winecup, Shielf, Bow, Arrow, and Spear. She is most often shown riding a lion from which comes Simhavahini. She is gorgeously dressed in royal red cloth and has several ornaments decorating her beauty. Her hair is dressed up in a crown (karandamukuta) which then flows out in long luxuriant tresses that are darkly luminous and soothing to the eye. The various tools reflect the eminent supremacy that helps in controlling the universe.

* Will upload photos of Golu soon.

For Sundal Recipes click here
Pacha Payir Karamani Sundal
Verkadalai Sundal
Kondakadalai Sundal

Monday, September 13, 2010

Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Festival

Our house Vinayagar.

Wishing you all Happy Vinayagar/Ganesha Chathurthi.

My day started with this Kolam/Rangoli.

Vinayagar Chathurthi falls on 11th Sept 2010. It is celebrated in many parts of India but in specific celebrated very grand in Maharashtra. Big idols are kept by the sides of the streets and celebrated for 11 days or even upto a month. Music and dance performances takes place every day during this period at the end of which these idols are taken to the sea and immersed in water. At home it is done on the same day or on the third day. People with small and medium idols. People with small and medium idols immerse it at home in a bucket of water or in the tank. Some people take to nearest lake and immerse.

Back home we decorate the table for ganesha with lots of colour paper, banana leaves, fruits, lighting, Mango leaves, etc.. Ganesha is placed in a silver plate filled with rice and money. Garlands specially handmade in cotton(Gejje Vastra). You also get garlands made of lotus and chickpeas.

People visit temples and friends. Children take Akshata(Rice mixed with turmeric and water or ghee) and visit as many houses to see different kinds of idols and puja. Also enjoy the prasadams.In Karnataka, they also celebrate Gowri Festival one day before Ganesha Festival. They worship the idol of Goddess Gowri mother of Lord Ganesha. Its called Gowri Ganesha Habba.

Plain Clay idols or colour idols are available.

Hope this festival gives good health, peace, wealth and prosperity to everyone.Kozhakattai/Modak is favourite of Lord Ganesha and is an important dish on the menu for the Festival.

Delicious Dishes prepared on this festival without onion and garlic by Brahmins/Iyer.

Click on the names for recipes.

Uppu Kozhakattai/Modakam(Urad dal and spices covered with Rice flour)
Poornam Kozhakattai(Jaggery and coconut stuffing covered with Rice flour)
Sundal(Dish prepared with white or black skinned chickpea)
Vella Appam
Ellu Urundai
Ammni Kozhakattai Payasam
Paruppu Rasam
Curd Rice

For step by step recipe of Poornam and Ullandhu Kozhakattai click here.

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