Ellu vella podi is a simple neivedhyam on a Navaratri Saturday. We do this for neivedhyam on puratasi saturday also and pray to Lord Vishnu. Even for Navratri festival for Day 3, we make this Yellu vella podi as neivedhyam
Sweet Rice Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal is an auspicious neivedhyam dish for many festivals. Even in many temples Sweet Rice Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal is given as Prasadham. For most of the festivals dedicated to Lord Vishnu we prepare this wonderful dish as neivedhyam. It is one of the easiest sweet recipe that we can make with less effort. Given here a little twist to the conventional way of preparing Sakkarai Pongal. I have learnt this little trick from my close friend and believe me, just by adding a little ghee along with milk in the jaggery syrup, enhances the flavor and taste of the whole dish. Try this version and share your experience!
Chickpeas is a nutrition rich pulses which are high in protein and fiber and low in calcium. For Balanced diet, we need to take more protein rich food and this chickpea salad is one dish which is so healthy. Always it is good to have some salad or sprouts around 11am or 4pm. This Chickpeas Salad is a good option as part of balanced diet. Protein rich chickpeas are served with rice veggies along with dressing. Dressing is optional. We can just garnish with pepper powder and lemon juice. A Very stomach filling salad with balanced nutrients.
Sundal powder / Curry powder is an essential ingredient in every kitchen. We can add this powder to any poriyal varieties or sundal varieties. But we need to make sure to adjust the spice that we need to add it to poriyal or sundal as this powder already have red chillies in it.
Navratri is one of the most important festival in all parts of India, especially very famous in northern parts of India and west Bengal. It is the Hindu festival dedicated for Goddess Durga. Navratri , literally means 9 nights and 10 days and we worship nine different forms of Shakthi during these 9 days. 10th day is called as Vijayadasami or Dusshera.
Carrot Coconut Burfi is a little twist to our conventional coconut burfi. Just adding carrots to the coconut not only enhances the flavour but also makes this unique and appetizing. Sugary sweets are always calorie rich. But once a while we can have this delicious burfi. Especially for festivals like Diwali, this is one of the unique treat to your family and friends.
Ring Murukku | Rice Flour Rings is a famous and traditional murukku especially we do for Diwali. We all would have been enjoying this yummy snack whenever we prepare in home or even if we get from Shops. From kids to elders most of us enjoy these murukku by wearing this in our fingers :-). Crispy and crunchy ring murukku is a very good accompaniment with hot tea / coffee. Its so simple and easy to make at home. We can concoct this yummy snack using store bought rice flour or home made rice flour. My advice is to use Home Made Rice Flour.
Sakkara Varatti or Sarkara Upperi or Jaggery Coated Plantain chips is one of the popular Kerala dish. We can get these chips in hotchips stores but we can make it at home easily with raw plantains. This Sakkara Upperi or Sakkara Varati is usually served in Onam Sadya. Plantains are chopped like crescents and then deep fried till they are crispy and then jaggery syrup is made and the fried plantain chips are coated in the jaggery syrup along with cumin powder, cardamom powder and dry ginger powder. Try this simple and yummy Sarkara varatti and share your experience!
Vazhakkai (Raw banana) Mezhukkupuratti is a traditional Kerala dish. This delicious dish is also part of Onam Sadya. Raw Banana is cooked and tossed with onion-garlic-red chili coarse paste and then seasoned with coconut oil and other seasoning. Very flavorful dish and goes very well with Pulissery.
Kumbalanga Pulissery ( Kumbalanga Mor Curry) is the most popular dish from Kerala Cuisine. This is one of the important dish as part of the Onam Sadya. Puliseery can be made with Cucumber also but Ash gourd tastes so yummy in mor curry. Puliserry is served with hot steaming rice. In TamilNadu, we made morkuzhambu similar to this pulissery but with slight variations like grinding coriander seeds and thoor dal along with grated coconut. Try this Kumbalanga (Ashgourd) Puliserry and share your experience!
Mathanga Erissery ( Kerala Pumpkin Curry ) is one of the popular dishes as part of Onam Sadya. A delicious curry made out of pumpkin. The flavor of coconut along with spices cooked with pumpkin is a delight to our taste buds. Eriserry is usually served with rice. My MIL used to make Erissery with Chenai (Yam). We can also do this same recipe with Raw Banana. Try this easy and yummy Mathanga Eriserry for this Onam Sadya!
Vinayaka Chaturthi is the great Vinayagar festival and also the birthday of Lord Vinayagar or Pillaiyar. Vinayaka Chaturthi also known as "Ganesh Chaturthi" in Maharashtra and North Indian States. Vinayakar chaturthi festival is observed in the Tamil Month "Avanai-Valarpirai Chathurthi” or (4th day after new moon in Aavani) is special day for Elephant headed Lord Shri Vinayaka. The elephant headed vinayagar son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Lord Vinayaka is the Prime God for everything. We always pray to Lord Vinayaka before starting any auspicious events / pooja. We always offer Appam, Aval, Pori, Modhagam and lots of fruits for Lord Ganesha.