Tuesday, September 15, 2015

GANESH CHATHURTHI

Ganesh Chthurthi is celebrated in Tamil month Avani on Sukla pasha chathurthi thithi. (17 - Sep -2015)

The clay idol of Lord Ganesha is placed in the decorated mandapam. Flower garland , specially erukamboo garland is used for decorating the idol. An umbrella is placed above the idol




Procedures for making handmade Ganesh idol:


Neivedhyam Recipes

Coconut Vella Kozhukattai
Ulundhu Kozhukatti (savory)
Ellu kozhukatti
Ammini kozhukattai
Idli
Moong dhal payasam
Sakkarai pongal
Kadala parupu sundal
Ulundhu Vadai
Appam
Fruits (especially wood apple & black berries)

Punar pooja is done the next day with betel leaves , nuts and payasam (or milk) as offerings.
Then the idol is moved to the north side of the mandapam until visarjan.



Monday, August 31, 2015

KRISHNA JAYANTHI | GOKULASHTAMI RECIPES

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 5-Sep-2015.
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



Sunday, August 30, 2015

ATHIRASAM

Athirasam sounds like a simple sweet with very few ingredients but is it is challenging to get to right even for seasoned cooks. After several attempts I am finally posting the recipe. Athirasam is prepared for both Krishna Jayanthi and Diwali without fail.

Athirasam