Ragi cut biscuits

Original recipe: Arokiya samayal by krishnakumari in jaya tv programme…

These biscuits would be a preferable one from kids to adults… easy to make too….It can be a perfect teatime snack too….

Items needed:

Ragi flour-1 cup

Oats flour/kambu, varagu or any millet flour-1/4 cup

Aata(Wheat flour)-1/4 cup( a must one)

Salt-to taste

for spicyness-add pepper jeera podi as per taste buds

add-1 table spoon butter.

Oil- to fry

Method:

Mix all the above said ingredients and make as a neat dough.Meanwhile, in a kadai pour the reqd qty of oil… As u make chapati, take small balls from dough, flatten it and cut with a knife for the desired shapes…Then, take the cut pieces and put it in the oil.. after both sides gets boiled in a proper way, take out n get ready to eat the snack…

Relish n enjoy!! Tasted yum….

teasnack

PS: Do not keep the dough aside for hrs since it might absorb oil a lot… prepare n try this immediately.

 

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Moong Dal Laddoo

Moong dal Laddoo
Moong dal Laddoo

Ingredients:

Moong dal -2 tumblers
Nattu sakkarai (natural unrefined cane sugar)- 1/2 tumbler
Hot melted Ghee – 5-6 tblsp
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Just dry roast the moong dal till the aroma comes…
  • Switch off n let it cool…
  • Then grind it in the mixer.
  • Then add it to a big bowl. Add sugar n cardamom powder.

Finally start adding ghee to the mixture.. When you are able
to make laddus from it stop adding ghee at that juncture.

Yields around 10-15 laddus..

Since its a kids snack added much of ghee than sugar.
result was yum… A perfect yum kid snack!!!

Ilaneer Payasam

Source of recipe: Dhanyam Organic store FB page

Ingredients:

1.Tender Coconut Water – 2 cups

2.Tender coconut pulp (vazhuval) – 1 cup

3.Sweetened Condensed Milk – According to your taste buds 4-5 tbsp

4.Coconut Milk – 1 cup

5. Cashewnuts (optional) – a few

Method:
1.Grind the tender coconut pulp coarsely (let a few bits remain). Don’t make it into a smooth paste.
2.Transfer it into a wide mouth bowl.

3.Add the tender coconut water, condensed milk and coconut milk.

4.Mix well and refrigerate.
5.Garnish with fried cashewnuts (optional).
6.Serve chilled.

I did not use cashewnuts. Used it for decoration purpose…

Here is my trial pic of the recipe:

porridge
Ilaneer payasam

Tasted yummmy…. For the scorching heat, it is a fitting recipe!!! Thanks to dhanyam organic store for giving such a recipe!!! Without refrigerating itself, it tasted yum 🙂 can say it as a kid’s friendly recipe too….

Double Celebrations

Sep 5 2015 -Krishna Jayanthi/Janmashtami…  I made uppu seedai and kesari for this year festival..

Entrance kolam
Entrance kolam

The above pic-kolam was put by our house help..

foot steps of varun
foot steps of varun

Then, above foot steps is of our son varun which we treated as krishna steps since he is our house cute krishna..

After pooja with all neivedyam
After pooja with all neivedyam

Then,in above pic except for kesari and only seedai bowl kept near the array of delicacies- others are store bought..

Hope all are having a blast.. Happy janmashtami to everyone!!

Sep 4, 2015:

The Story of Guruvayur trip from Coimbatore

Below pic source: Google

 

Guruvayur krishna.
Guruvayur krishna.

Since it was our son’s first star bday we started early morning 6 am today and we reached there by 10 am due to the needs of our kiddo in the middle.. we gave thulabaram-equal amt of sugar to his weight. It was a nice experience.  We missed to take pics since we did not know the rules n regulations of the temple. No regrets. we thought can make it up next time when we go with our kiddo. To our surprise, he did not cry while sitting in tharasu/weighing seat..

Then, we came out from that line and started waiting in the line to have darshan of our lord cute krishna… In the outside queue, we waited for almost an hr.. in btw, varun felt asleep. after we went inside, we waited there for about 10 minutes… meanwhile, i started observing around – bananas, coconuts, yellow pumpking were lying around more. Also, they were playing music in nadaswaram n molam.. Was giving ear to it whether i was able to find out the song they were playing… Luckily, before we entered the sanctorum of Lord, he was playing “Aadathu asangathu”.. Felt happy that i was able to identify the song!!have given the link of the song below.

This song is apt for today since its krishna jayanthi

classical song

When we entered the sanctorum, cute krishna was dressed in golden color dress… It was beautiful to watch even though it remained for just few secs.. Luckily varun slept till we came out of the temple.. Then, as usual a small shopping in the line of shops sprung outside. We ate and then to the place which we liked the most as usual to elephant sanctuary… clicked a few pics there..

The main part comes here… We were supposed to meet a friend of raghu in palakkad. When that person called, we had been inside the temple and so, raghu’s mobile was switched off.. When we started back from guruvayur, raghu called him many times to know the shortest route to their place from guruvayur…But that fellow was not reachable… By that time, we had reached beyond thrissur, he took the mobile and told the proper route.. From ottapalam to patthiripala and then 2 kms from there. By that time we had reached mannuthy.so, we turned around and it took around 3hrs to reach ottapalam.. Just waste of time… but anyways, we met the person… No regrets!!!

The actual route from guruvayur to palakkad is no need to enter thrissur… from guruvayur we need to catch the road which goes to pattambi and from there to palakkad… Time taken will be one and half hrs..

This trip was an absolute learning lesson for us.. Helped to know the proper route in parts of kerala and the few names of the places in kerala.. The new names were surprising and at times funny too since it took few mins to get hold of the name!!

We returned home around 9pm back to cbe…

On the whole it was a memorable journey also.Even though no temple pics, few pics taken at places made it more memorable!!!

Hope you all enjoyed reading… Thank you 🙂

 

 

 

Tamil New Year Celebration 2015

Tamil new yr celebration starts
Tamil new yr celebration starts

Puthandu (Tamil: புத்தாண்டு), or better known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, in Sri Lanka and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore, Réunion and Mauritius. On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying “Puthandu Vazthukal” ( புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள் ) or “Iniya Tamizh Puthandu Nalvaazhthukal” (இனிய தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்). The festive occasion is in keeping with the Hindu solar calendar
Origin and significance
The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The Tropical vernal equinox falls around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal transition
or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (the Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries).

Hence, the Tamil calendar begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as
in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura etc. not to mention Nepal,
Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is ancient and is
observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter,
or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta.

The 60 year cycle comes by 5 revolutions of Jupiter and 2 revolutions of Saturn. The relative position of Jupiter and Saturn in one particular year will be repeated after 60 years. The 60 year cycle was essentially conceived for predicting the climate of a particular year, as the relative position of the two major planets, Jupiter and Saturn, is recognized for its alleged impact on climate.

The traditional Tamil year starts on 14 April 2015, Kaliyuga 5117. Vikrama and Shalivahana Saka eras are also used. There are several references in early Tamil literature to the April new year. Nakkirar, the author of the Nedunalvaadai writes in the 3rd century that the Sun travels from Mesha/Chitterai through 11 successive Raasis or signs of the zodiac. Kūdalūr Kizhaar in the 3rd century refers to Mesha Raasi/Chitterai as the commencement of the year in the Puranaanooru. The Tolkaapiyam is the oldest surviving Tamil grammar that divides the year into six seasons where Chitterai marks the start of the Ilavenil season or summer. The 8th century Silappadikaaram mentions the 12 Raasis or zodiac signs starting with Mesha/Chitterai.The Manimekalai alludes to the Hindu solar calendar as we know it today. Adiyarkunalaar, an early medieval commentator or Urai-asiriyar mentions the 12 months of the Tamil calendar with particular reference to Chitterai. There were subsequent inscriptional references in Pagan, Burma dated to the 11th century CE and in Sukhothai, Thailand dated to the 14th century CE to
South Indian, often Vaishnavite, courtiers who were tasked with defining the traditional calendar that began in mid-April.

Celebration   Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14 April. This is the month of Chitterai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. In the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple.

A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is
called Chittirai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamil homes and entrances to the houses are
decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their
flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.

On the day of Tamil New Year, a big Car Festival is held at Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Festivals are also held at Tiruchirapalli, Kanchipuram and many other places. Sri Lankan Tamils observe the traditional new year in April with the first financial transaction known as the ‘Kai-vishesham’ where elders gift money to the unmarried young, particularly children as a token of good luck. The event is also observed with the ‘arpudu’ or the first ploughing of the ground to prepare for the new agricultural cycle. The ‘punya-kaalam’ or auspicious time when the sun reportedly shifts from Meena raasi to Mesha raasi is considered ideal to commence new activities on a favorable lalalalalla note. Sri Lankan Tamils begin the year with a herbal bath with ‘maruthu-neer’ with ingredients for good health. The game of ‘por-thenkai’ or coconut wars between youth is played in villages through the Tamil north and east of the island while cart races are also held. The festive Puthandu season in April is a time for family visits
and the renewal of filial bonds. It coincides with the Sinhalese new year season.

In Malaysia and Singapore, Tamils join Sikhs, Malayalees and Bengalis to celebrate the traditional new year in mid-April with leaders across the political spectrum wishing the ethnic Indian community for the new year. Special religious events are held in Hindu temples, in Tamil community centers and Gurudwaras. Cultural programs and media events also take place. Its a day of
celebration for the Indian community.

Source: Wikipedia..

The delicacies i made this time for new year pics are as follows:

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We can make ulundu vadai and papad also.. But this time, was able to make these two only… Hope you all  are having a great celebration… Happy day friends.. Njoy!!

 

Sweet/Savory Adai

Karadayan Nonbu is observed in Tamil Nadu on the last day in Maasi masam or the Masi month in Tamil calendar. This festival also marks the Meena Sankramanam or the transition of Sun into Meena Rasi (Pisces) from Kumbha rasi (Aquarius). Married women worship Goddess Gauri or Parvathi or Shakti for marital bliss and better health of husband and children. Unmarried girls perform this virutham to get a good husband….

I think you all know story of savitri…..she love satyavan, but after that she knows that he was destined to die in one year. Even knowing this she married him out her true love. They led a happy life and soon a year passed and Savitri realized that Satyavan would die any moment. So she kept fast and always followed him. .Her offerings were durwa grass and peepal leaves.She performed neivedhyam with wild rice and toor dal. that is kaara arisi and thuvaram parrupu that is why this vratham is known as karadayan nonbu. Because of this nonbu she get blessings of yaman and saved her husband. There is a story behind how she tricked yaman and get the blessings… But due to nonbu she able to see yaman and talk to him….

One song used to recite by ladies during that nonbu….

” Throram Krishhnami subhake saharitham
Dharami aham bharthu
Ayushya Sidhartham supreethabhava sarvadha”

Tamil meaning is

Urukaddha Venneyum oradhayam naan nootren
Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum

English meaning

I offer butter and the rice made out of kaara arisi bless me that i live happily with my husband.

Source: Friend from another group…

For a change, A sweet and savory adai -Karadaiyan nonbu SPL

Sweet/Savory adai
Sweet/Savory adai

For sweet adai :
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp-OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

For salt adai:
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp –OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste

To temper for salt adai:

Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 tbsp torn into small pieces
Channa dal-1 tbsp
Urad dal -1 tbsp
Hing – a small pinch
Green Chillies – 1 chopped finely

Method:

We can use home made riceflour or store bought..I used store bought flour.

Home made version:

Need to take reqd qty of rice and clean it with water and spread it on a muslin cloth to dry. After it gets dried, grind it in a mixie and then sieve it..

For velladai/sweet adai:

1. Powder jaggery. Then heat the jaggery with one cup of water, so that it gets melted completely.
2. Then filter it to remove th impurities in it..
3.Karamani is optional. i have not used it.
4. Dry roast the rice flour nicely till its flavor comes out.
5.Heat up the jaggery syrup in a pan, slowly add the roasted flour.
6.Add cardamom powder and coconut pieces to it.
7. Mix all well so that no lump is formed.
7. Flatten the mixture. While doing it apply oil in your hands so that hands does not get sticky.

For uppadai/savory adai
1. Take a pan, season it with the above said ingredients.
2. Then add required qty of water and after that add salt.
3. finally add the required qty of flour and mix it well so that lumps are not there.
4. Make lemon sized balls and then flatten to make adais..

Or for uppadai, we can say it as simply make it in upma style….
Now, both adais are ready. Serve it with butter. A heavenly combo!

ThiruKarthigai 2014/ Recipe

Karthigai 2014

2010 karthigai
2010 karthigai

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai(Southern Part of India). Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes  a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of  a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s
jothi will be visible on this day.

Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a gigantic form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva’s jothi will be visible on this day. Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga. On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted. Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.

(Source: Google)

Knowledge Sharing of my views on this festival:

In North India,they celebrate “Diwali” as Celebration of Lights.But, whereas
In Southern Part, they have a separate festival called “Karthigai” Which usually
falls in between Nov-December in the tamil month of “Karthigai”. This festival is especially for lighting agal vilakkus(made of clay) rather decorating our home with natural decoration of lights from entrance to backyard. Lots of people who work with clay get an opprtunity to sell their wonderful clay lights in different form n structure. It would be great witnessing those things!! Also this festival is celebrated in the evening time only. Then, coming to delicacies which is the important part of any festival-Another part of sellers who have a good time is grain sellers.. Commonly it is called as “Pori” which is white in color. It is of 2 different forms.
1. “Ner” pori
2. “Aval” pori

The difference between both the poris is that aval pori is little thinner than
ner pori.

So, we commonly say it as for karthigai – “Pori Urundais” are famous Which is prepared with jaggery and tit bits of coconut. Then Nei Appam. This time i prepared a simple porridge with milk n rice.

Milk Porridge with Rice flakes:

Ingredients:

A handful of rice
Milk – 2 cups
Sugar- According to taste
cashew n raisins -5 no.s
Elaichi -5
Coconut milk (optional)

Method:
1.Soaked the rice for half hr or so.. Then grinded it in the mixie!
2.keep a wide open vessel and switch on the stove.
3. Pour the milk and then grinded rice flakes.
4. Allow it to boil. Takes 5 mins or so!!
5. After it’s fully boiled, add required amt of sugar to taste/add coconut milk also for taste.
6. Then after sugar gets dissolved, just mix it n switch off the stove!

Finally add cashews, raisins n elaichi!!

Now, it is time to serve!

Porridge
Porridge

Have had wonderful memories of this festival.Love lighting so many lamps. Wishing You all a very happy karthigai!! Good time munching 🙂 Also, this celebrated in a grand manner in a place called “Thiruvannamalai”- Southern part of India. The sivan temple is very famous there. A must visit place. Have gone many time “girivalams” in that temple..Lovable time n memories!!!

Also, we celebrate this festival for 3 days in southern india since we dedicate each day to different type of theepam names
1. Barani deepam
2. Annamalai deepam (Thiruvannamalai)
3. Sarvalaya Deepam.

2014 karthigai
2014 karthigai

People celebrate according to which deepam they belong to!! Depends on their Hierarchy…

Due to airy atmosphere, lamps did not stand for a long time. felt bad that inspite of lighting so many lamps was able to take a single pic only this year.

Happy Evening Folks!!