Archive for the ‘ganesha chaturthi’ Category

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Aadi Pandigai – 16th July

Aadi Velli Kizhamai – 20th,27th  July,3rd and 10th August

Andal Thiruaadipuram- 23rd July

Pathinettam Perukku-2nd August

Avani Avittam/ Upakarma-1st August

Janmashtami/Gokulashtami-9th August

Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi-19th September

Varalakshmi Viratham-27th July

Kovil Kannapiran Srijayanthi-8th September (For Iyengars)

Puratasi Sanikizhamai – 22nd, 29th September and 6th and 13th October

Navarathri Pujai Arambam-16th October

Saraswathi Puja ( Mahanavami)-October 23rd

Vijaya Dasami (Aayuda Puja) -October 24th

Deepavali (Naraka Chaturdasi) -November 13th

Thiru Karthigai-13thDecember

Boghi Pandigai -13th January 2013

Pongal/Sankaranthi-14th January 2013

Mattu Pongal-15th January 2013

Karadaiyan Nonbu-13th March 2013

Tamizh Puthandu-14th April 2013


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Before we begin with the round up, I’d like to share something – my grandparents have had a petty accident recently resulting in a dislocated elbow requiring operation for my Thatha and an injury in the head for my Paatti. Age seems to have matters worse – the loss of independence and orientation is unimaginable. Latha, my amma, is awfully depressed mostly because she wants her parents to have a peaceful passage to the next world and not suffer for a many years before their death. We request all our blog readers and wonderful friends we have met online to pray for my grandparents and send them healing.

The Festival Cooking Series for Ganesha Chaturthi has about 39 entries which include narratives of celebrations, more on Lord Ganesh, memories and of course recipes. I have briefly indicated the content of each entry that is a “non recipe entry” so that you will get an idea of what the link leads to.

Ganesha loves to eat a lot and he must be one happy well fed kid right now going by the gigantic spreads and thalis that the food blogosphere churned out for him. I have included brief explanations for recipe based submissions wherever the title is too generic to figure out what the link will lead to . Overall each of these posts has a brief narrative of how Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated and will leave you with a growling stomach.

Arun Shanbag – Ganesha Chaturthi – excellent post that explains Ganesha’s iconography.

Renuka from FusionOn our first dear first God – Not to be missed Ganesha Facts that makes for a very interesting read

Kribha from En Samayal PakkamVinayakar Chaturthi 2007 – Details of her wonderful Celebrations and Kozhukkatais

Kalva from Curry in a KadaiGanesh Chaturthi – A beautiful ganesha that she made with chapathi flour and decorated with pulses.

Aarti from Aarti’s Corner –

Padma from Padma’s Kitchen

  • Ganesha Chaturthi Celebrations – Hunger inducing giant spread interspered between accounts of celebrations at her home
  • Prasadam for Ganesha Chaturthi – Puja Procedure and Recipes for the Malai Modhak, Kudumullu, Uppu Undrallu, Pala Undrallu, Semiya Payasam, Paramannam, Pulihora, Bengal Gram Patties and Sauted Chick Peas

Roopa from Delectable Delights

Namratha from Finger Licking FoodGanesha Habba Platter – Recipes for Steamed Goodies for Ganesha like Kadubus and Idlis

Srivalli from Cooking for all SeasonsVinayaka Chaturthi Tradition and Nievedyam for God – Recipes for Neveidyam of Sundal, Kudumulu and Nugul-untallu (Sesame Seeds Laddo).

Anu from What’s Cooking! Ganpati Bappa Morya – Memoirs of this year’s celebrations and neiveidyam at her home.

Ramya from Mane AdigeKai/ Kayi Kadubu and Ganesha Chaturthi – Malleshwaram Flower Market during Ganesha celebrations and Kai Kadubu recipe

Cinnamon from Cinnamon Trail

Sobila from Iniya Tamil VirundhuInnipu Kozhukattai

Vee from Past, Present and MeNaivedya Sweet Appe

Remya from Spices and FlavoursVinayaka Chaturthi– Recipes for Kozhukattai and Chickpeas Sundal

Rohini of Rohini’s KitchenVinayagar Sathurthi – Recipes for Kozhukattai sundal and Kozhukattai

Mansi from Fun and FoodChurma (Wheat Flour) Laddoos

Praveena from Simply Spicy Undrallu with Ginger Chutney

Sheela from Delectable VictualsPoorna Kozhukkattai

Smrithi from Smrithi’s WorldGanesha Chaturthi – Shares recipes she followed to prepare these delicacies – rice idli, curd rice, ambode, rasmalai, kalakand, coconut laddoo and chakli

Sushma from Cook SpotMurrukku and Rava Sweet

Kajal from Kajal DreamsSalty Rajgara Seero or Farali Seero

Bhawna from From my plate – Chawal Ki Kheer

Roopa from My chow chow BhathKadabu and Panchgajaya

Shilpa from Aayis Recipes

Siri from Siri’s Corner

Manju from Mirch Masala – Paattis Special – Kozhukattai recipe from her Paatti

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Raaga from The Singing Chef

Bindiya from In love with FoodBreakfast Ambrosia – Recipes for Puris, Masaledaar Chane and Suji Halwa

Bharathy from Spicy ChillyKozhukkattai and Paruppu payasam

Ujwala from Cuisine PointKarigadbu/ Kadubu

Vijaya from Daily MealsModak or Kozhukattai or Modakam

Asha of Foodie’s HopeBadami Peda

If I have forgotten to include someone’s entry or have messed somewhere with the links – do ping in comments.

Vee from Past, Present and Me will be hosting the next editions for Dassera and Diwali. Head over to her blog for details.

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Kozhukattais or Kadubu (in Kannada) or Modhaks (in Marathi) are rice flour wraps stuffed with a variety of fillings – they are steamed or there are other deep fried varieties and offered as prasadam to Lord Ganesha. I prepared a few kozhukattais to post the pictures before the festival which starts tomorrow – 15th of September.

Instead of steaming in the cooker, I steamed them in my tupperware microwave safe container for just 3 minutes!

Kozhukattais steamed in crystalwave Mw dish
Sweet Kozhukattais/ Modhaks steamed in the Microwave. Green container is perforated and the yellow is filled with 1/2 cup water

Maavu and Poornam
Kozhukattai/ Modhak Dough (Kozhukattai Maavu) and Jaggery filling (Poornam)

Four different kinds of Poornam (fillings) can be made. For all the kozhukattai recipes click here. I prepared sweet kozhukattais. Maharashtrains prepare a similar Modhak called Ukadiche Modhak that also has nuts and dry fruits like cashew and raisins and flavorings like khus khus or saffron.
How to steam kozhukattais in the Microwave?

1. Take two microwave safe containers. First container should be bigger and the second should be perforated (with holes in the bottom) and smaller. The second perforarted container should sit inside the first in such a way that the bottom of the second container is a few centimeters above the bottom of the first container. Refer to the first photograph above to get an idea.

2 . Fill the first container with water and put the second container inside it. Place Kozhukkattais in the second container. Make sure that the kozhukattais are not touching or submerged in the water.

3. Cover and microwave on high (for a 900 watts oven) for 3 minutes. Let kozhukattais sit in the container for a couple of minutes before taking them out.

Note: Over steaming can result in broken kozhukattais. Initially I set the microwave on high for 5 minutes but then in 3 minutes the kitchen was filled with the smell of jaggery – the filling I made. I switched it off and let it sit in the steam for a couple of minutes. Timings may vary depending on oven power – I use a 900 watts oven.

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Lord Ganesha
Swarna Herambar – as rare picture of Lord Ganesha given by my spiritual guru

Celebrations for Ganesha Chaturthi – Event Details

Bhags from Crazy Curry and Sobila who writes at Tamil Menu have requested an event for Ganesh Chaturthi also. In fact the suggestion is that we pick up a festival each month and get people to blog about it.

We couldn’t agree more – festivals are not really so much for feasting and indulgence but more for socializing and devoting time to celebrate our culture. And how can there not be an online community celebration of the birthday of a God who has such a powerful and universal appeal? Ganesha – the elephant headed god with all his various forms and distinctive iconography will surely be delighted.

Here are some guidelines:

  1. Post something related to the festival of Ganesha – It can be about some story on Ganesha that appealed to you. It can be about how you celebrate the Ganesh or Vinayaga Chaturthi. It can be treasured memory of the festival Or it can be a special neivedyam or recipes you prepare for the Elephant God.
  2. Email me at naralatha@gmail.com following details on or before 20th September27th September.:
    1. title of your entry
    2. your name
    3. your blog name
    4. permalink of post
  3. In your post, please include a link back to this event post to complete the circle.
  4. The deadline for the entries is September20th 27th September 2007. You can send more than one entry also. Please send pictures where ever possible.

Ganesha Puja Procedure

Some visitors wanted to know the details of the Ganesh puja procedure. The Idol is installed in the Puja room or a special mantap decorated for the purpose. The puja begins with Invocation of Lord Ganesha( Avahanam). Ganapathi ashtotaram (108 names) is the usual mantra for the Archanai. Even 1008 names ( Sahasranaamam) can be chanted for the puja. Neivedyam or offerring is always a variety of Kozhukattais!

If you have come here looking for kozhukattai recipes click here.

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Lord Ganesha
Swarna Herambar – as rare picture of Lord Ganesha given by my spiritual guru

Lord Ganesha is favourite God for most Hindus – all pujas and auspicious events begin only after offering salutations to Lord Ganesha. Hindus all over the world irrespective of affiliation pray to Ganesha. His iconography is famous world wide – the elephant faced Hindu God has a universal appeal.

Like many Hindu gods Ganesha is variously known as Vinayaka, Pillaiyar, Ganapati. In Tamil he is known as Pillaiyar meaning “Who is this boy?” because this was the question Lord Shiva asked Parvathi when he saw Ganesha. For more on Ganesha story, I suggest you pick a copy of Amar Chitra Katha’s Lord Ganesha copy.

Ganesha’s Birthday known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated in a grand scale all over India. People celebrate this festival as a community – the celebrations are public and not just within family. Doll makers start their work atleast a month before the chaturthi, creating colourful idols of Lord Ganesha in many sizes. Special mantaps are created in every locality. The mantaps are decorated beautifully. Huge idols are displayed in these mantaps. Once when my daughter was studying in Bombay, she told me about this massive traffic jam that lasted for hours when a Ganesha idol got stuck in a flyover!!!

There are of course smaller ones for the puja conducted at home.

The celebrations continue for 11 days ending with the grand Ananta Chaturdashi or immersion of idol in water. Every day people gather in the evenings for Puja and Aarthi. Cultural programmes are also conducted every evening. People try to have darshan of as many Ganeshas as they can. The high point of Ganesha Chaturthi is Immersion of the Idol in water known as Visarjan, which is conducted on Ananta Chaturdasi. The puja at home lasts for 2 to 3 days. Visargan takes place on a grand scale and is huge public event these days. In Maharashtra during the pre independence era in 1893 Lokmanya Tilak made public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi a norm and this became a way to foster unity because of his universal appeal. Thousands gather near the sea front to immerse idols that are almost 22 feet high. There is a lot of drumming, dancing, fireworks and smearing of gulal (or Holi colour). In fact Visargan is so packed, that it alsmost difficult to even look at your own toes or see anything beyond the head the person in front of you!!!! The atmosphere reverberates with chants of “Ganapati bappa moriya, pudcha varshi lavkarya”.

Gowri puja is mainly celebrated mainly in Karnataka, a day before Chaturthi. Gowri or Parvathi is the mother of Ganesha and consort of Lord Shiva. This year the Gowri puja is on 14 th September and Ganesh chaturthi is on 15 th September.

One problem with these celebrations in these modern times is playing film songs loudly through out the day. Also traditionally Ganesha idols are made out of mud and not plaster of paris – recently with commercialization, plaster of paris idols especially in large sizes have become dominant. This has led to lot of pollution especially of the Bombay sea. It’s very painful to see a dark dirty sea after the celebrations.

Here’s a video of Ganesha Chaturthi that I found on YouTube.

The main prasaadam for Lord Ganesha is Modhak (in Marathi) or Kozhukkatai (in Tamil) – steamed rice flour wraps stuffed with jaggery and coconut or a savoury filling.

Kozhukattai Recipes

Click here for four varieties of Kozhukattai – coconut-jaggery, sesame, urad dal and channa dal. I will be posting some other variations also.

Kozhukattais steamed in crystalwave Mw dish
Sweet Kozhukattais/ Modhaks steamed in the Microwave. Green container is perforated and the yellow is filled with 1/2 cup water

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