9799692b348 Nivedhanam: 2013-09-08

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lemon Rasam

Rasam - the word is equal to home food!!! Love rasam and its flavor.. In our cuisine rasam is a daily food. And the best comfort food.. So there are many types of rasam and this one is with lemon flavor. I chose this for L - Regional Food
Lemon Rasam - IMG_0386

Friday, September 13, 2013

Kalyana Manga Urugai - Quick Manga Pickle(கல்யாண மாங்கா உருகாய்)

Kalyanam means marriage in Tamil and Manga is raw Mango and urugai is pickle.. That is how the name for this pickle has arrived.. It is a pickle which is served in Tamil marriages. Kalyana Manga Urugai is a pickle that is quick and easy to make. Normally pickles takes many days to process, but this one can be done in less than 15 minutes. Although it can be served immediately, it is best when it sits for a couple of hours to allow all the spices to soak well. This urugai is served in all South Indian Marriages. This is my choice for K - Regional
Kalyana Maangai Urugai - IMG_9716

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jam Biscuits - Eggless Jam Biscuits

Jam Biscuits is a interesting biscuit which also has some jam over it. They are very appealing and kid friendly.. It has a great shelf life stored in an airtight container. Kids would love this. I made this with ½ cup sugar and it was less sweet. So I have increased the sugar from ½ cup to 2/3 cup. I used homemade Raspberry jam, but any jam can be used. I bookmarked this from a blog, but now do not know which is it... Sorry:(. I chose this recipe for J - Baked
Jam Biscuits - IMG_0410 (2)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Idli Usli / Idli Upuma

We make Idlis a lot at home and most of them gets over in a few minutes it is made.. They are often enjoyed hot with chutney and sambar!!! However they are some recipes that are perfect with room temperature idli and this one is a great option for tiffin, lunchbox or even breakfast. I have made it simple and homey, You could add more masalas, tomatoes, cashew and paneer also… I chose this for I - Regional.
Idli Usli - IMG_1832

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Honey Drizzled Semolina Cake

I have never tried a cake with semolina and I was inclined to do this when I saw the recipe for the HBC which was chosen from here. When I finished making it and was ready to cut and click pictures, I was almost crying as I felt like it was a disaster... But then I came to know that this is correct texture of the cake from our friend Gayathri who also tried the eggless version.. Thanks to her, i felt relieved and happy. And then took these photos.. It was very tender and crumbly, so needed so much care and attention.. It has a very unique taste and a nice flavor and aroma of honey and vanilla. I also chose this for H under the baked category. I halved the recipe and made it in a 6x4 pan. But you can double this and bake it in a 13x9 pan.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ganesh Chathurthi Celebrations and Recipes

Today is Ganesh Chathurthi which is one of the most popular festivals in India.. It is celebrated in a lot of places and in many different ways.. Some other names of this great festivals are Vinayaka Chathurthi / Pillayar Chathurthi.. Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated as the birthday (rebirth) for Lord Ganesha.
From wiki – “It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Ganeshutsav ("festival of Ganesha") is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, TamilNadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius,[1] Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana
We celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi with pooja, arati and nivedhanam.. We try to incorporate all the favorite items of Lord Ganesha, much similar to what we do on our kid's birthday. Try to bring all the kid likes.. So we offer some delicious nivedhanam, offer arugam pul, offer erukam poo garland, coconut, banana.. etc


Our nivedhanam menu for this festival includes -


Ellu poorna Kozhukattai – Recipe coming Soon,
Kadalai Parupu Sundal - IMG_4894[10]
Cucumber Pachadi - IMG_1364[8]
Maha neivedhiyam, and recently I added
Oats kozhukattai 
IMG_9596 - Copy_thumb[8]

We buy a Lord Ganesha statue made with clay, decorate it, put erukam poo garland, do prayers with many flowers with the main one being arugam pul. After the festival, the statue is ready for Visarjan in 1,3,5,7 or 11 days.
Lord Ganesha is elephant headed and there is a very nice epic behind the same.. It is believed that Goddess Parvati created a statue with sandalwood and gave life to the statue and made it to a child. She made the child as a guard while she went to take bath. Lord Shiva (husband of Goddess Parvati) came at that time and the child did not know him and did not allow him to enter. Lord Shiva got angry and sent his boodhaganam (army men I guess!!) to defeat the child. But the child who was created by the goddess herself was very powerful enough to defeat the army with very little effort.. Then the devas and Lord Indra himself attacked the child but they too did not stand a chance. Then finally Lord Shiva beheaded the child. This enraged Parvati and she revealed her true self as Adi Shakti (supreme power) and she vowed to destroy the entire universe where her son was killed and will create another one.. The gods prostrated before her and Lord shiva promised to give life to the child. There was a hunt for the head and an elephant’s head was attached to the child and he got his life back. Lord Shiva named the child Ganesha (Gana Isha – lord of the Ganas). Lord Shiva also declared that all auspicious occasions and prayers will begin with the worship of Lord Ganesha..
This is for G – Miscellaneous
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Uppu Kozhukattai–Ganesh Chathurthi Recipes (உப்பு கொழுக்கட்டை)

Uppu Kozhukattai is a traditional neivedhiyam prepared during Vinayaka Chathurthi. It is one of the difficult foods to prepare. Vinayaka Chathurthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha. There are many forms of kozhukattai and uppu kozhukattai is one of my favorites.
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