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Sweet Puttu is one of the sweet recipes made during Navrathri. This is one of my favourite sweet dish which is made of rice flour. It will take relatively more time to cook compared to other recipies but a very tasty recipe.

Preparation Time : 1 hour, Cooking Time - 1 hour, Serving - for 12-15 people

Navarathri Special | Sweet Puttu (Rice Flour)
Rice - 2 cups
Grated Jaggery - 1.5 Cups
Finely chopped coconut - 3 tablespoon
Cardamom - 1/2 teaspoon
Cashews - few
  • Soak the rice in water for 30mins and rinse it in water and then spread the rice in a towel till it becomes dry

  • Now grind the rice in a mixer to a nice powder
  • Heat the pan and add the ground rice flour and fry it till the flour turns light brown color
  • Heat 1 cup of water along with pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of salt and boil the water and allow it to cool
  • Add the water little by little in the fried rice flour and mix the flour so that the flour should be wet and not like a dough. We need to steam the rice and it requires little humid. So, please be careful by not adding more water.
  • Sift the rise flour using the strainer. The idea of sifting is to avaid the lumps. Steam cook the rise flour in a pressure cooker for 10 mins
  • Take the cooked flour and with the help of a ladle broke the flour so that it becomes like Rawa/sooji
  • In a separate pan, add little ghee and fry the cashews and the chopped coconuts till it turns golden brown color and take it separately in a plate

  • Add the grated jaggery to the pan and add water and stir it well till the jaggery juice becomes thicker
  • Now add cardamom powder and grated cocunut and remove from flame
  • Add the broken flour and mix it well with the jaggery juice
  • Add the fried cashews and mix it well.
  • The Delicious Sweet Puttu is ready for Neivedhyam for Navrathri as well as for serving.
Another method  for making Puttu - Please click here

In Navarathri we make Sundal every day for Neyvedhyam and for distribution to friends and relatives. You can make sweet sundal for few days instead of making the sundal with salt & spice. You can make Pachaipayiru(Green Moong dhal) sundal with spice. This recipe is a sweeter version of pachai payiru sundal - Pachai payiru sweet sundal.

Navarathri Sundal Recipes | Green Moong Dhal Sweet Sundal


PachaiPayiru(Green Moong dhal) - 1/2 Cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Grated cocunut - 2 teaspoon
Grated Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 2 teaspoon


  1. Dry fry the PachaiPayiru(Green Moong dhal) in a pan till its raw smell goes off and clean it in water and cook it by adding water to the pan
  2. If the cooked PachaiPayiru(Green Moong dhal) have more water strain it and keep it aside
  3. Heat the pan and add grated jaggery and pour little water for the jaggery to dissolve
  4. When the jaggery dissolves, add the cooked PachaiPayiru(Green Moong dhal) and mix it well till the mixture does not stick on to the pan
  5. Add ghee,cardamom powder and grated cocunut and mix it well
The mouth-watering PachaiPayiru(Green Moong dhal) sweet sundal is ready for neivedhyam and for serving.
You can click here for other sundal varities

Navarathri Sundal Recipes | Green Moong Dhal Sweet Sundal

Lemon Dhal is another variety of dal which goes well with Chapti/Roti/Rice.

Lemon Dhal

Moong dal1/2 Cup
Chopped Ginger1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon
Green chilli2
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Curry Leavesfew
SaltTo Taste
Sambar powder1/2 teaspoon
Corainder leavesfew
Oil1 1/2 tablespoon

For Grinding:
Grated Coconut1 1/2 tablespoon
Poppy seeds(Kasa kasa)1/2 teaspoon
Fennel(Sombu)1/4 teaspoon
Cinnamon1/2 inch piece

  • Squeeze the lemon and extract the juice and keep it aside.
  • Clean the dal and pressure cook it with ginger and turmeric powder. Smash the dal to a nice paste after it is cooked in cooker.
  • Pressure cook Potato and peel the skin and slice it to smaller pieces after it is cooked
  • Finely chop the onions and keep it aside
  • Finely chop the tomatoes and keep it aside
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add poppy seeds, fennel, cinnamon, cloves and fry for a minute and add it to a mixer along with grated coconut
  • Finely grind the ingredients in the mixer to a nice paste
  • add when the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, when the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add chopped green chilli, curry leaves and onion and fry till the onion becomes transparent
  • When the onion is cooked, add chopped tomatoes and when the tomatoes are cooked completely, add potatoes, smashed dal, ground masala paste, salt, sambar powder and mix well
  • Add necessary water to make it to dal consistency
  • When the dal starts to boil, remove from flame and add coriander leaves and lemon juice and stir well
  • The delicious lemon dal is ready to serve with Chapti/Roti/Veg pulo.

Rawa Appam as its name suggest is made using Rawa. We are adding sugar in the Rawa appam instead of Jaggery as we add in the conventional appam. You just need to soak the rawa in water for about 1 hour and make the doguh by grinding it. Once the dough is ready, you can finish making the appam in 15-20 mins. Instead of the conventional appam, you can try making this once, and i am sure, this is also liked by all.

Preparation Time : 1 hour Cooking Time : 20 mins Servings : 25

Rawa Appam (Sooji Appam)

Rawa1 Cup and 1 handfull
Sugar1 Cup
Grated Coconut(Optional)2 tablespoon
Kesari powdera pinch
OilFor Frying
Cardamom Powder1/4 teaspoon

  • Soak the rawa in water for 1 hour. After 1 hour drain the water and add the rawa in a mixer.
  • Add banana, sugar and grated coconut in the mixer along with rawa and grind it to a nice paste. Do not add more water. The ground appam flour should be like dosa flour consistency.
  • Add cardamom powder, kesar powder to the ground flour and mix well
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or in a paniyaram/appam pan.
  • When the oil is hot, take 1 small ladle of ground appam flour, pour it directly in the hot oil.
  • Let the appam fry for a while and then when it turns golden brown color, remove the appam from the oil, and place it in a paper towel to drain excess oil
  • Repeat the above steps for the rest of the flour
The yummy Appam is ready for neivedhyam and for serving

Rawa Appam (Sooji Appam)

Dal fry is one of the delicious side dish for chapati. It is a good side dish even for veg pulo/fried rice. A best choice for any partys where even the children like to have this.

Dhal Fry

Moong dal1 Cup
Red Chili Powder1 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste
Garam Masala1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder1 Teaspoon
Corainder Powder1 teaspoon
Oil2 teaspoon
Chopped Ginger2 teaspoon
Coriander Leavesfew

  • Soak the moong dal in water for 4 hours. Drain the water after 4 hours and add chopped ginger and pressure cook the dal with a pinch of turmeric and allow for 3 whistles.
  • After the dal is cooked, take it in a bowl and smash the dal finely and keep it aside
  • Extract the lemon juice and keep it aside
  • Finely chop the onion and keep it aside
  • Chop the tomatoes to square size pieces and keep it aside
  • Heat the oil in the pan, add cumin seeds, when the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add chopped onion
  • Fry for a while till the onion turns transparent
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and fry for sometime till it is cooked
  • Now add garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and salt and mix well
  • To this add smashed dal and add water to make a proper consistency
  • When the dal starts to boil, remove from flame and add the lemon juice
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. The yummy dal fry is ready for serving with Roti/Chapati/rice.
Dhal Fry

Vazhaipoo (Banana flower/Banana blossom) is one of the commonly used flower in tamil nadu for cooking. It has lot of medicinal properties and a very healthy flower and tasty too. But, to prepare Vazhaipoo for cooking is very much time consuming and people do not cook it very often even though it is very cheap, healthy and tastier flower for cooking.
Banana Flower (Vazhai Poo)Banana Flower Florets

The tricky part is to remove the stamen which is nothing but a hard pink layer found in each florets. This stamen never gets cooked and hence we need to remove the same from the florets. You can easily remove the stamen from the top layers of the florets as the stamen is visible. But once you approach the inner layers, the florets are covered and hence removal of the stamen is little bit difficult. Here is the tip.. you can hold the bunch of florets on your left hand and rub the face of the florets on your right hand. This will open up the florets and you can remove the stamen easily. You might notice that the color of the bract was in dark pink color when you start the removal of the stamen and once you approach the inner portion the color of the bract changes from dark pink color to the yellow and finally end up with small white bulb. You can stop removing the stamen at this point as the florets in the inner portion will be more tender. You can cut the flower directly without removing the bracts or stamen. Chop the florets and put them in the butter milk mixed with water as this will keep the color of the florets as white. Otherwise, this become black in color.

Vazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) UsuliVazhai Poo Usuli (Banana Flower /Banana Blossom) Usuli

Vazhaipoo(Banana Flower)1
Red Chili6
SaltTo Taste
HingA Pinch
Mustard seeds1/2 teaspoon
Urdal2 Teaspoon
Tamarinda pinch
Oil2 Teaspoon
Grated Coconut(Optional)2 Teaspoon

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add some oil and when the oil is hot add mustard seeds
  • When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add the urdhal, chilli and grated coconut and fry till the urdhal turns golden brown color. Take this in a mixer
  • Now add remaining oil, and add the chopped vazhapoo(Banana flower) and fry until it is cooked completely
  • Add the cooked Banana Flower (Vazhapoo) to the mixer along with salt and tamarind and grind it to a fine paste
  • The delicious Banana Flower (Vazhapoo) Thugayal is ready to serve with hot rice

Cooking Tips:

Here are few cooking tips which would benefit you all.
  1. Any type of cooking, we need todo with full dedication and interest then only the food we prepare will betasty and delicious with good fragrance.
  2. Do not cook any vegetables morethan it is required
  3. It is always good to cook Sambar,rasam or any kuzhambu varieties keeping in low or medium low flame. In oldendays people used to cook rasam in kummuti adupu
  4. Think and finalize on the foodthat you need to prepare for tomorrow before hand that will help us to proceedwithout waste of time
  5. While seasoning, do not put allthe ingredients at the same time. Do not put urdal, red chilli and mustardseeds at once. Always, first, put mustard seeds in hot oil and when the mustardseeds start to sputter, add urdal and broken chilli. This way the otheringredients do not become black as mustard seeds need some time to startsputter
  6. Fry broken red chilli andfenugreek seeds(Vendhayam) always to golden brown color and not black color andalso do not put more fenugreek seeds as it will make the taste bitter
  7. Dishes for which tamarind isused, its always good to add little jaggery which will bring down the sournessof tamarind. Some people do not like to add jaggery. Some days tamarind sourwill be more in some dishes and we will become tensed. In such situations, noneed to panic, add some jaggery and the sourness will come down and dishbecomes tasty
  8. Do not add Salt, Tamarind andspicy more this will spoil the taste and it will not be healthy also
  9. For any fried vegetable recipeslike potato fry etc, it is not necessary to add more oil. Add little oil andsprinkle water and cook the vegetables in low flame
  10. For Thengai(Coconut) araithuvitakootu, it always good to reduce thengai and add raw rice or rice flour whilegrinding
  11. In olden days, we used to chopthe vegetables and soak it water, and again we will keep the vegetables inflame and pour water again to cook the vegetables. Because of this all thevitamins and minerals in the vegetables will go off. So it is always better tosoak only chopped raw banana(Vazhakaai), Brinjal, Senai in water as these willtend to become black color
  12. For other vegetables, it isbetter to clean them in water and then chop them
  13. For many vegetables curries, weused to pour more water for cooking and then drain the water once thevegetables are cooked completely. All the vitamins and minerals will go off. Sowithout wasting the drained water, we can pour those water in kuzhambu, sambaror rasam
  14. Always try to keep potato andonion in house. Whenever we have sudden visitors we can easily make some dishesout of these.
  15. For taking coconut milk, its goodto use warm water instead of cold water as warm water will extract all the milkfrom coconut while grinding
  16. For usili or paruppu urundai kuzhambu,it is good to soak the dals in warm or hot water instead of cold water as warmwater will make the dals to soak quickly. Otherwise it is better that we soakthe dals overnight
  17. If we need to grind or smashginger, It is not needed to peel the ginger skin as the smell and richness ofginger will go off. Just wash the ginger properly to clean the sand. But if weneed to chop the ginger, it is always better to peel the skin before chopping
  18. Always dry fry sesame seeds(Ellu)for any recipes which include this without adding oil
  19. Better to fry grated coconut tillit turns golden brown color for the recipes which needs fried coconut to getgood aroma
  20. For preparing rasam, if we arerunning out of rasam powder, nothing to worry. We can always use sambar powderand make rasam. While seasoning, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing and alittle pepper powder to make it more yummy
  21. For cooking any greens(Keerai),it is good to add a pinch of soda salt. This will make the keerai to look greenwithout losing its original color and also its taste
  22. Always chopped soak plantainstem(Vazhathandu) in butter milk to retain its color
  23. Same way, soak the choppedplantain flower(Vazhaipoo) in butter milk. We can use the water we used toclean the rice to soak this as it will lessen then bitter taste
  24. Many of us do not like the bittertaste of bitter gourd. Such people can cook the bittergourd in tamarind extractalong with salt and then drain the water and fry it in oil
  25. If we do not have stock ofginger, we can use sukku. We can powder the sukku and soak it in hot water andthen we can use this as a replacement for ginger
  26. If the cooked and smashed dal isnot enough for sambar, we can take 1 tablespoon of gram flour and ½ teaspoon ofsugar and dissolve this in little water and add this to sambar and allow thesambar to boil. This will make the sambar to a thick consistency. The other wayis to add 1 tablespoon of rice flour to the smashed dal and add this to sambarto make it thick
  27. We can always use corn powder asa replacement for rice flour
  28. While cooking cabbage, most of usdo not like smell of cabbage, so it is better to use ginger to avoid this smell
  29. For karaitha dosai like godhumaidosa, maida dosa, it is always better to mix the flour and keep it for an houror 2 before we prepare dosa
  30. We need to keep the idly flouratleast for 8 hours to get fermentation. Then only the idlis will be soft andtasty. If the idlis are not soft and flat, add 2-3 tablespoons of rice flourand then pressure cook the idli
  31. If Senai /elephant foot is notcooked completely, it is good to add soda salt to make it cook fully. But ifturmeric powder is already added, adding of soda salt will not be good for thecolor of the senai


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