Posted in Authentic Iyengar Recipes, Basic, cooking, Festival cooking., Festival cookingegetarian, kuzhambu, Quick Recipes, Recipes for Begginners, south indian, sweets, Tamizh Culture, vegetarian on July 22, 2012 |
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I prepared a simple lunch for aadivelli this year. Manja pongal recipe is already posted and others will be posted soon.
Venthaya kuzhambu is a great side dish for Manja Pongal. Vegetables like Okra, yellow pumpkin, brinjal and tomato can be used for the kuzhambu.
- Tamarind – Lemon size ball
- *Fresh bean seeds – 1/2 cup
- Tomato – 4 medium sized
- Sambhar powder – 2 teaspoons
- Red chili – 2 nos
- Curry leaves – a few
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
- Hing – a small piece
- Til Oil – 1 tbs
- Rice flour – 2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Soak tamarind in hot water for some time. Extract tamarind pulp adding 2 cups water.
- Cut tomato into small pieces. Heat til oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds.
- When mustard seeds crackle add hing, fenugreek seeds and red chili and saute till fenugreek is brown.
- Add tomato, beans and curry leaves and saute . Cover and cook on a low flame for 3 minutes.
- Add sambar powder and mix well. Add the tamarind extract and salt. Allow to boil for 5 minutes.
- Mix the rice flour in 1 tbs water and add to the venthaya kuzhambu.Boil for a minute and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve hot with manja pongal.
*A variety of fresh beans like avarai thuvarai etc are available during this season. I have used fresh kaaramani.
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Women, men, children – entire villages – dressed in yellow and red undertaking a barefoot journey to Samayapuram Mariamman Kovil. This long trail of pilgrims, we encountered on National Highway 210 started at Pudukottai and continued till we reached Samayapuram. They must have covered about 60-70kms barefoot.
Padyatra/ Nadaipayanam usually refers to the journey one undertakes by foot (mostly barefoot) to a holy shrine or place of spiritual significance and are fairly common in Tamizh Nad. Besides the famous and visible padyatras undertaken to the Palani Murugan temple, every year in August/September, droves of pilgrims from all over Tamizh Nad make their way by foot to the Basilica at Velankanni for the annual 11 day feast of Our Lady of Health. Pilgrims from Chennai cover more than 300 kms by foot to make this journey.
We encountered these pilgrims on our way back from Karaikudi, a town in Tamil Nadu.
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Posted in aadi pooram, Deepavali, Festivals, ganesha chaturthi, Janmashtami, life, Srijayanthi, tamil culture, Tamizh Culture, Uncategorized, tagged Calendar, Celebrations, Festivals, Panchangam, Tamizh Culture on August 17, 2008 |
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Posted in Authentic Iyengar Recipes, Chats and snacks., childhood memories, cooking, Festival cooking., Festivals, food, Janmashtami, recipes, Rice varieties, Srijayanthi, sweets, tamil culture, Tamizh Culture, vegetarian, tagged Authentic Iyengar Recipes, Chats and snacks., childhood memories, cooking, Festival cooking., food, karnataka recipes, recipes, Rice varieties, tamil culture, vegetarian on August 29, 2007 |
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Tanjore Painting of Lord Bala Krishna made by Latha Narasimhan (me!!) Update: Thanks SeeC, for suggesting that I put a web optimized image with a copyright.
This year (update: refers to year 2007) Srijayanthi also known as Gokulashtami/Janmashtami/Krishnashtami falls on 4th September.As always I am posting the details and important recipes (prasaadams or offerings) of Krishna jayathi or Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, a few days ahead of the festival. This is for people who come here looking for these recipes.
The following recipes have been posted on The Yum Blog, click through for the recipes.
- Paal cake
Lord Krishna’s Birthday is celebrated by Hindus all over the world! In the North this is celebrated as Janmashtami. In the South, the Iyers call this festival Janmashtami or Gokulashtami and the Iyengars celebrate as Srijayanthi or Krisnajayanthi.
In Karnataka, Iyengars place the idol of Lord Krishna in a mandapam and decorate him with the Bhakshanam (Snacks and Sweets in Tamil) they prepare for the festival. Garlands and thoranams are made out of Murrukus and Kodubales!
A few decades earlier back the children in the household used to decorate a chaparam(mandapam that can be carried on your shoulders), place the image of Lord Krishna in it and carry it around the streets. As a child I remember we too built these chaparams for the lord. My father as usual performed a Aaradanai (a poojai performed for Saligramam which is a divine stone considered to be a manifestation of Lord Vishnu) and a variety of Bhakshanams(sweets and snacks) were offered as prasaadam. These days children do a lot of craft work for their school project, but there is no inclination to build a chaparam for the lord.
For children Srijayanthi definitely means a lot of snacking and jolly time for the sweet tooth. Snacks prepared usually have rice flour as main ingredient. Minimum five varieties of fresh fruits are offered. Naval pazham (Syzygium cumini , Skeels, Myrtaceae) the lords favourite fruit is definitely included. To know the medicinal properties of this fruit please visit this link.
Navaneetham and Sukkuvellam are two items that are prepared only for this festival.
The pooja is performed in the late evening as Krishna was born at midnight. Generally most of the sweets and savouries are prepared on that day only. The front yard is decorated by drawing a kolam (rice flour drawings on ground), called ezhakoolam. This is done using soaked rice ground to a fine paste and mixed with lot of water. A white cloth is used to soak the paste and make the drawing. Krishna’s feet is drawn from the front yard to the pooja room, indicating that the lord is entering our home. In my home my son has been performing the pooja for the last 5 years. We do the Srikrishna Ashtothra Naamavali (chanting of 108 names of Lord Krishna) for the Pooja.
We are hosting a virtual food event for the festival, and I am sure all my blogger friends will send their entries in great numbers. So while I prepare a huge array of sweets and snacks, I will post only a few in the coming days. My blogger friends will bring out the best of their culinary skills and post other great recipes which are prepared for this festival. :). Click here for details of the event.
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