Sunday, November 30, 2014


Karthigai Deepam is celebrated on full moon day on the month of Tamil month Karthigai.This year it falls on 5 Dec 2014.
On the day of Karthigai the whole house is decorated with oil lit lamps.Every year we used to get more oil lamps and decorate it with paints and pearls.Typically gingelly oil is used to lit the lamps.
Kids used to burst crackers as well (We used to save some for Karthigai when we buy crackers for Diwali).

Karthigai Deepam is celebrated predominantly in Shiva temple especially at Arunachaleswar temple at Thiruvannamalai.Thiruvannamalai is also known as Agni (Fire) sthalam.Barani Deepam is lit on that day

Thiru Karthigai Recipes

Parupu Payasam
Nei Appam
Pori Urundai
Godhumai Appam

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Krishna Jayanthi also called as Krishna Janmashtami/Gokulashtami is celebrated every year during the month of Avani on Krishna Baksha Ashtami. This year Gokulashtami falls on 17-Aug-2014.
Some families perform elaborate poojas during the sunset. We typically draw various kolams(not to miss the Kutti Krishna foot print) with rice flour and perform a simple pooja in the evening.
We also dress the little ones in the costumes of Radha and Krishna
Butter, Aval and seedai are a must for Neivedhyam

Krishna Jayanthi/Gokulashtami recipes

Nei Appam
Paruppu Payasam
Uppu seedai
Vella seedai
Magizhampoo Thenkuzhal
Kai Murukku
Vennai (Butter)
Thayir (Curd)
Aval (Poha)
Paal (Milk)

Quick and easy recipes for Krishna Jayanthi/Gokulashtami
No time to make elaborate bakshanams? Try these easy recipes.Your kutty Krishna at home will surely like this

Microwave Thirattipal
Easy Arisi Murukku
Instant Aval Payasam
Aval Kesari
Godhumai Appam

Thursday, July 17, 2014


All fridays in the tamil month of Aadi is considered auspicious. Payasam is prepared in the evenings as offerings to Devi. Below are some of the payasam recipes for Aadi Velli