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 […]
Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes - This year varalakshmi vratham is celebrated on Friday, 04 th August 2017.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]