Puliyogare recipe with video – South Indian tamarind rice is known by different names in different states like puliyodarai, pulihora, puliyogare. Each of these are specific to a state and are made with little variations. This is commonly made in South Indian homes and even served as prasadam not only in temples but also in […]
Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes - This year varalakshmi vratham is celebrated on Friday, 12 th August 2016.
Varalakshmi vratam is a festival that is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the companion (wife) of Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi is the mother goddess of Hindus and is believed that she takes 8 different forms known as Ashtalakshmi to grant us different kinds of wealth.
Vara or varam literally translates to a boon/blessing and varalakshmi denotes “Lakshmi who grants boon”. Vratham means performing a ritual. In the full sense varalakshmi vratham means "Performing a ritual for Goddess Lakshmi to get her blessings/boon".
Varalaxmi vratham is performed on the Friday prior to Poornima in the month of Shravana or shravana masam. It is carried out with much devotion by married women for the prosperity of the family, mainly the husband. It is believed that worshipping Godess Varalakshmi on this day is equal to worshiping Ashtalakshmi – i.e Aadilaxmi, Dhanalaxmi, Dhanyalaxmi, Gajalaxmi, Santanalaxmi, Veeralaxmi, Vidyalaxmi, and Vijayalaksmi.
On this day, different foods are offered as naivedhyam to please the Goddess. It is good to follow the Vratham procedure followed by the elders in the family as it is mostly based on the family customs. Traditionally payasam, boorelu, pulihora, garelu, punugulu, kudumulu, pachi chalimidi, vada pappu, panakam, pongali, phulagam are most commonly prepared in our home. I have not included payasam recipes using saggubiyyam/sago and semiya since they are processed foods and is not used by some people for naivedhyam. I have used green chili, garlic and onion in some recipes, skip them. You can also replace green chili with pepper corn.
Sheera recipe or Suji halwa recipe – One of the quick Indian sweet recipes most often made for festivals, celebrations and religious ceremonies. It is known by different names sooji ka halwa, sheera, rava sheera or rava halwa. It is the same as South Indian rava kesari just without the addition of kesari / saffron […]
Moong dal halwa – An easy, delicious and healthy halwa for festive season or occasions. There are few halwa recipes like carrot halwa or pumpkin halwa, which need quite a lot of effort to cook. But this moong dal halwa can be made in a jiffy since it requires no planning no grating no blending […]
Puran poli recipe , a classic sweet stuffed flat bread mostly made during festivals. It is known by different names as bobbatlu or bobattu in telugu, holige or obbattu in kannada, boli, poli in other regional langauges. For the sweet stuffing, chana dal and jaggery are used. For the outer layer usually maida/plain flour is […]
fruit kesari recipe – Navratri wishes to all the readers and friends celebrating this festival. Sharing a simple, quick and very delicious fruit kesari or fruit sheera that can be made during this festive season. You can find the complete collection of 33 navratri recipes here To make this fruit kesari recipe Apple, banana, pineapple […]
Rava ladoo recipe or suji ladoo recipe – A quick sweet recipe that is made with only a few ingredients like semolina, coconut, sugar, nuts and ghee/milk. A beginners recipe and needs no expertise. This ladoo can also be made without coconut, but the addition of dried coconut (copra) adds a very good aroma to […]
Pineapple sheera recipe with video & step by step photos – Sheera is a sweet made using semolina and is known with different names across India. The other most common names are suji halwa, sajjige, kesari, kesaribath or rava kesari. Kesari recipes are made using kesari (saffron) or an artificial kesari color. Sheera can be […]
Masala vada recipe – A popular South Indian tea time snack and a street food made using skinned split bengal gram i.e chana dal. Masala meaning a mixture of spices are added to the coarsely ground chana dal mixture to make these crispy and flavorful vadai. If you are looking for a street style masala […]
Curd rice recipe – It is more often eaten by the south Indians as a part of meal. It makes a great summer food as well. Rice and yogurt are the 2 main ingredients that go towards making this. It is called as thayir sadam in tamil and daddojanam in telugu. Yogurt rice can be […]
Coconut ladoo recipe with video & step by step photos – One of the Indian sweets recipes that can very easily be made for any festival. These can be made using fresh coconut or desiccated coconut, with sugar or jaggery to suit ones taste. I made these with desiccated coconut, sugar and milk. But they […]
Punugulu recipe – Learn to make crispy punukulu with step by step photos. Punugulu or punukkulu is a common street food in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh. These are crispy deep fried popular snack that is made of urad dal and rice batter. These are often made in most Andhra homes even with left […]
Millet pongal recipe – sharing another millet recipe that is filling, healthy, protein rich and diabetic friendly too. I have used hulled foxtail millet, called as thinai in tamil, korralu in telugu & navane in kannada. You can use any other millet like kodo millet (varagu), little millet (sama) or barnyard millet to make this […]
Sweet pongal recipe or chakkara pongali in telugu or sakkarai pongal in tamil – Learn to make delicious pongal by following the video or step by step pictures. I have also shared a Temple style recipe of sweet pongal and a chakkara pongali recipe using sugar and very little milk that can be made faster […]
Rava kesari recipe or kesari bath is a south Indian sweet that is often made for festive occasions or special days. There are many variations of this like pala kesari, banana kesari, pineapple kesari, mango kesari, semiya kesari or fruit kesari. The term kesari means saffron. Rava kesari is made with semolina, sugar and a […]
Ven pongal recipe with video & step by step photos – Also know as khara pongal is one of the popular South Indian foods that is offered to the GODS as naivedyam during festivals, auspicious days and even offered in temples. Ven pongal is one of the most commonly and important naivedyam foods that is […]
Millet sweet pongal recipe, Sharing a tasty foxtail millet recipe for pongal festival.. Millets were widely used in the Indian cuisine from ancient days, but was almost forgotten by the current generation for years. With the recent market trends raving about their health benefits, these are getting popular again. Foxtail millet is known as korralu […]
Sesame seeds ladoo or til ladoo recipe with jaggery. These ladoo are prepared traditionally with jaggery or palm jaggery flavored lightly with cardamom powder. They are one of the best healthy Indian sweets for kids and adults too, that can be prepared at any time during festive season or as a snack for your kids […]
Dal vada recipe – How to make mixed dal vada in South Indian style using moong dal, chana dal and urad dal. To make festive time fun-filled and special, most of us prepare toothsome foods. Mixed dal vada can be made during any festivals or even as a tea time snack during the monsoon. I […]