Senaga guggillu or black chana sundal recipe – Tempered kala chana or chickpeas that are often prepared in South Indian homes to offer to Gods during pooja and festivals. Chana or chickpeas are called as senagalu in my native language. Senaga guggilu or sundal are a part of the prasadams during varalakshmi puja, ganesh chaturthi […]
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.
Kudumulu or undrallu are steamed rice balls like modak offered as naivedyam or prasadam to Lord Ganesha during the vinayaka chavithi for chaturthi pooja. These are also offered to Goddess Varalakshmi during varalakshmi puja and to Godess Durga during Navratri. Different regions have their own meaning regarding these terms kudumulu or undrallu. In our region, […]
poornam kudumulu recipe – sweet stuffed rice balls or dumplings that are prepared during varalakshmi puja and vinayaka chavithi in most karnataka, Andhra homes. These are called as kadubu or sihi kadubu in kannada and are prepared for ganesh chaturthi. In some parts of Andhra, kudumulu means a sweet stuffed ball while in few other […]
banana sheera also known as just sheera in our parts of Karnataka, is very commonly prepared during Varalakshmi Vratam, Ganesh Chaturti , Diwali Lakshmi puja and Satyanarayana Swamy puja too. It can be prepared in a jiffy, all that we need to prepare this banana sheera is rava (semolina), sugar, banana and ghee. There […]
Andhra pulihora recipe or tamarind rice is called as chintapandu pulihora or avapettina pulihora. Often prepared during festivals and is offered as naivedyam to the gods. Cooked rice is seasoned with tamarind paste and other basic ingredients like curry leaves, peanuts, chilies and turmeric. Rice payasam, simple Curd rice and Ven pongal are some […]
papaya halwa has a very mild, slightly tangy and light taste, is best to serve as a after dinner delight. This halwa can be prepared with raw, semi ripe or fully ripe papaya. But the taste of the halwa made with raw papaya is very different from the one made of ripe papaya. The amount of […]
Rice payasam recipe or paramannam recipe – South Indian rice pudding called as payasam, ksheerannam, annam payasam, bellam paramannam. It is prepared for almost all festivals and special occasions in south India including andhra. Most importantly it is offered for the gods as naivedhyam during puja and then distributed among friends and relatives. To make […]
pala munjalu recipe – An easy alternate to making poornam boorelu. Most women find it difficult to make burelu or poornalu, since it requires the batter (used for outer cover) to be in the right consistency. This recipe is almost like boorelu but the outer covering is made of rice flour cooked in milk. […]
Vada or medu vada recipe. Garelu, uddina vade, ulundhu vadai are other South Indian names to these round disc shaped fritters made of lentils like urad dal or chana dal. These are one of the very popular South Indian food – especially served for breakfast or snack in street stalls and tiffin centers. The fritters […]
rava appalu recipe Appalu are deep fried sweets that are prepared to offer as naivedhyam during festivals. Traditionally, Appalu are made of homemade rice flour and jaggery. Rava appalu is just a variation of the traditional appalu and are made using sooji/ suji / semolina and no other flours are used. We make these […]
Poornam boorelu or poornalu are a popular delicacy in andhra cuisine which is commonly prepared during festivals, wedding and other special occasions. These are called as sukhiyan in malayalam , suyam, suzhiyan or sugunta in other parts of the neighboring states. These are prepared for varalakshmi vratam and durga navratri in almost every Telugu speaking […]
pumpkin halwa or kaddu ka halwa is usually prepared during festivals or the season when pumpkins are flooded in the market. Pumpkins are high in nutrients like vitamin A, beta carotene and vitamin C. Hence are good for eyes, immunity and the overall functioning of the body. pumpkin halwa or kaddu ka halwa is […]
Panakam recipe – Sri rama navami recipes . Panakam, chalimidi, vadapappu are some of the naivedyams that are offered to Lord Rama during Sri Rama Navami, Goddess Varalakshmi during varalakshmi vratam / puja and to goddess Durga during Durga Navaratri. Sri Ram Navami falls on the 9th day of chaitra masa every year and it […]
bandar laddu recipe also known as thokkudu ladoo – It is the most popular Andhra Sweets with a stunning smooth creamy melt in the mouth texture that can WOW anyone. Bandar is the name of a place in Andhra Pradesh also called as machilipatnam where these ladoos have originated from. These laddus are sold commercially […]
Bellam paramannam or payasam recipe – In most Andhra homes during the festivals makara sankranti(pongal festival), varalakshmi vratam, lakshmi puja, navratri puja this payasam is made. It is also called as sankranti pongal or bellam pongali. This is prepared with the dal and rice from the new harvest if prepared during pongal festival, since it […]
Moong dal ladoo recipe – Ladoo or laddu are traditional Indian sweets made mostly using lentils or flour, ghee and sugar or jaggery. These moong dal laddo are made of skinned split mung lentil called as mung or moong dal. These balls turn out to be very aromatic and taste great. These are called as pesara sunnundalu […]
coconut ladoo recipe using jaggery – These fresh coconut ladoo called as Kobbari Louz (lous) in Andhra are packed with a goodness of nutrition and taste. These can be made with either sugar or jaggery, while the jaggery ones are healthier and tastier with the best aroma. These healthy coconut ladoo can be made to […]
senaga pappu payasam or channa dal kheer – a festive kheer recipe. We at my mom’s house, make this on one of the navratris to offer to goddess. 3 main ingredients that go towards the making of this kheer are offered together in some form on one of these 9 days. The ingredients are […]