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godhuma rava sweet pongal /broken/cracked wheat rava pongal

godhuma rava sweet pongal /broken/cracked wheat rava pongal

godhuma rava sweet pongal /broken wheat sweet pongalThis month is “the” festive season for pongal,it’s a four-day festival of real celebrations, each day has its own importance which all may be knowing and it needs no explanation. This pongal festival is an apt period to try various types of pongal. For sweet versions although the usual pongal varieties may be ever precious and authentic.This broken wheat sweet pongal is quite different from traditional pongal that we do during this time. Continue reading

recipes for karthigai deepam /thiru karthigai special recipes

recipes for karthigai deepamĀ  /thiru karthigai special recipes

karthigai pori urundai/how to make puffed rice ballsIts an auspicious festival celebrated with great importance all over Tamil nadu. Lighting earthen lamp lights are the main part of this festival.In our home we have a custom of lighting lamps for 3 days.The day before karthigai deepam and after the deepam day.For thiru karthigai making pori urundai is essential part of the whole festivity.Have you ever heard about home-made crackers made during this karthigai deepam I have just read about this here.

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pongal kulambu /pongal kuzhambu recipe/sidedish for pongal

pongal kulambu /pongal kuzhambu recipe/sidedish for pongal

pongal kulambu /pongal kuzhambuMany of the South Indian houses women will be really busy cleaning and preparing for the very auspicious four days pongal fair and me too having my cleaning done with few works still pending!The very purpose of cleaning the house before pongal is to clear and get rid of useless things and wastes.The first day is the bhogi were these useless wastes are burnt up and the whole meaning of this day is “exit of useless things and entry of new things”. Continue reading

fast and easy food recipes to make for navratri

fast and easy food recipes to make for navratri

Divinity takes its peak significance with all its power during these angelic nine days called by the name Navratri! a most widely accepted practice in India.Goddesses Durga,Lakshmi and Sarasvathi are worshiped in a particular order and mainly without keeping kolu(golu) this festival becomes incomplete in the southern parts of India.For kolu(steps in odd numbers to arrange dolls) apart from idols and dolls arrangement the real excitement comes when we see various scene setting (from ones own imagination)it brings before us the actual story of that particular set up which proves the great imaginative creative minds among the women folks. Continue reading

poha healthy pidi kozhukattai with red/brown aval

poha healthy pidi kozhukattai with red/brown aval

aval/poha pidi kozhukattaiWithout modaks the whole grand ganesh chathurthi celebration becomes meaningless and moreover real satisfaction comes when we pray and do pooja pure-heartedly.I love BalaGanesha/vinayagar(baby)for his ever charming innocence and mischievous calm look(beauty)and in general there are various forms of ganesha/vinayagar that attracts countless devotees towards him around the world. Continue reading