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!!!

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Dussehra 2015 Feast

This time did not keep golu but instead concentrated on the delicacies to be made each day in morning and evening!!! So happy that i was able to make it up doing all these this time!! Feeling good… Just a collage of what i did these days… One sweet in the morning n sundal in evening 🙂

 

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  1. Semiya payasam
  2. pattani sundal
  3. dates payasam
  4. rava payasam
  5. kondakadalai sundal
  6. parupu payasam
  7. dry fruits laddu
  8. payatham parupu sundal
  9. poha kesari
  10. pachai payaru sundal
  11. chana dal sundal
  12. groundnut sundal
  13. arisi thengai payasam

Few sweet recipes taken from jeyashri’s kitchen… All turned out well… We liked it very much… Finally, dussehra nearing the end!!! Happy saraswathi pooja to everyone!! hope all are having a great time!!

Enjoy n have a great time folks… c u in next post!!!

Kids snack time

Trying out a kid’s snack for the first time… It’s a health mix laddu..  Tried in a small qty..

Ingredients Needed:

Manna Health mix-100 gms

Cashewnuts -7 pieces

Almonds – 7 pieces

Melted Ghee

Method:

  1. Add cashewnuts, badams in a mixer so that it crushes to pieces..
  2. Then, mix the health mix powder with the crushed nuts pieces.
  3. Finally, add melted ghee to the mix.Keep adding ghee till you get hold of it to make a shape.
  4. Can add some sugar to suit the kids taste..

Here comes my tried version

Health mix Laddu
Health mix Laddu

First bday celebrations 2015

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Adoption  was legally registered today.. So, we celebrated today in the same trust from where we took the baby.. All  felt very happy 🙂 the cake was black forest 2 kg cake… more of cake pics n other pics taken at day care with other cute babies.. Indeed, we had a splendid day!!!

 

 

 

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Day care center-karna prayag

 

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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 🙂

 

 

 

Avani Avittam

“Happy yajur vedha avani avittam folks”

Upakarma

Source: Wikipedia…

Just thought why i put a halt to my writing skills…

Being an auspicious day, wanted to kick start it again whenever i find time!! Also,  i do not have many persons to share it with, so write and blog it whenever time permits!!

During festive times, one would always love to eat especially the delicacies you make.. When there are people around to eat the things you make, who would hesitate to make them a good deal of dishes. so tried ulundu vadai and appam. I do not mind abt the shape it turned out.. No rule that it should be like that.. So just accepted the way it turned but all tasted good.

happy that i tried out… hope to practise more…here comes the pics of appam n vadai

Appam n vadai
Appam n vadai

Happy festive days folks…. have a great time!!

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!!