Navratri also called as Dasara, meaning ‘ten days’, becomes dasara in popular parlance. The Navaratri festival or ‘nine day festival’ becomes ‘ten day festival’ with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshipped with fervour and devotion
In Southern states of Tamil Nadu and to a lesser extent in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the festival of Navrathri is called Kolu or Navratri Golu, where women set up decorated planks in a corner of the house and decorating it with dolls which are collected over the years.As per belief the concept of arranging these Navrathri dolls on the plank is to depict that Goddess Mahishasuramardini is sitting in her Kolu, prior to the slaying of the demon Mahishasura. Arranging Navrathri Kolu is also an event in itself it means inviting neighbors, friends and other relatives to visit your home and view the Kolu decorated. Pleasantries and small gifts are exchanged amongst women generally women exchange coconuts, cloths and sweets amongst themselves. Sumangali (married) women also exchange bags containing a small mirror, turmeric, comb, beetle leaves with supari.
Sundals are very popular among Navratri recipes/Golu Recipes as various varities of sundals are made everyday for Neyveidhyam and the same are distriubuted to the friends, relatives and neighbours who are invited to see the Golu. This special post is dedicated to Navaratri Recipes especially sundals. The recipes for various sundals are given below.
|Sakarai Pongal||Payasam||Pottukadalai Urundai|
|Yellu Podi||Puttu||Sweet Sundal|
|Chick Peas Sundal||Black Chick peas Sundal||Channa dal Sundal|
|Karamani Sundal||Green Moong dal Sundal||Moong dal Sundal|
|Peanut Sundal||Pattani(Peas) Sundal||Sabudana Sundal|
|Venn Pongal||Puliyodarai||Lemon Rice|
|Curd Rice||Coconut Rice||Vada|